The FFA is an organization that teaches students agriculture, leadership skills and life readiness in general. Members can participate in different contests, ranging from judging soils to trying their hand at running a business meeting.

There are over 300 FFA chapters in the state and at the Ohio FFA convention on May 5-6th, the Cardington FFA Chapter was named a ‘top 10’ overall chapter in the state. This was the first time in chapter history that they have received this distinction. In addition, the local chapter was recognized for being part of the top 10 chapters in the area of community and student development.

This year’s convention theme was “Amplify Your Impact” and the Cardington FFA was recognized for doing just that by donating over $200 to the Children’s Hospital.

The only way the chapter can reach out is if there are effective and hardworking officers and once again the chapter’s treasurer, Nathan Gardner secretary, McKenna McCluire and reporter, Lauren Hall, each received a gold rating on their books, leading to the chapter being named a Gold Rated Chapter.

The FFA has different goals for its members to try to attain and one of those is getting their State Degree. To achieve this, members must have their chapter degree, have earned $3,000 or the equivalent in hours through their SAE’s (Supervised Agricultural Experiences) and have volunteered for 700 hours receiving their state degrees during this year’s convention were Nathan Gardner, Mac Warren, Derek Goodman, Jessica Shook, Dylan Etgen, Kelsey Barker and Travis Davidson

The chapter hopes to emulate this year’s success with its programs next year.

By Alicia McElwee

Special to The Sentinel

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