McGavock FFA chapter of Nashville named finalist for 2017 National Model of Excellence award


The McGavock Future Farmers of America (FFA) chapter of Nashville has been chosen as a finalist to compete for a 2017 National FFA Model of Excellence award from the National FFA Organization.

"In a short five-year span, our students have taken our chapter from non-existent to one of the best in the country. Our diverse membership proves that FFA is much more than just farming. It takes everyone to feed a growing population,” said Jessie Lumpkins, McGavock FFA Advisor. "The leadership skills and real-world experience they have developed through participating in this organization will catapult them into success at the next level, whether that is a career or college.”

The National Chapter Award program recognizes outstanding FFA chapters from throughout the country that actively implement the mission and strategies of the organization. These chapters improve chapter operations using the National Quality FFA Chapter Standards and a Program of Activities that emphasizes growing leaders, building communities and strengthening agriculture. Chapters are rewarded for providing educational experiences for the entire membership.

High school chapters that received high three-star ratings during judging July 23-28 are eligible to compete for the Model of Excellence award, the highest honor awarded to a high school FFA chapter by the National FFA Organization. Ten FFA chapters will compete in a presentation and interview process for the top honors at the 2017 National FFA Convention & Expo, Oct. 25-28 in Indianapolis.

The FFA chapter selected to receive the Model of Excellence award will be announced on stage during convention.

All winning FFA chapters receive honors made possible by corporate sponsor John Deere.

“Feeding some 9 billion people by mid-century brings with it unprecedented challenges for today’s farmers,” said Amy Allen, manager, national corporate contributions for John Deere. “The skills and experiences learned though the National Chapter Award Program will help meet the critical needs.”

The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 649,355 student members who belong to one of 7,859 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The organization is also supported by 225,891 alumni members in 1,934 alumni chapters throughout the U.S.