At the Edwards County Community School Unit School District #1 Board of Education regularly scheduled meeting last Monday, Edwards County High School FFA advisor, Michelle Wiseman, along with members Emma Wiseman and Rylan Robb, shared with the board that after filling out an award application, they were notified they were picked to be one of the Top 10 FFA Chapters in the nation. 

The won’t find out what their exact placement is until it is announced at the 93rd National FFA Convention and Expo on Oct. 27-29.

Emma and Ryan then described for the board the process the FFA underwent to prepare for the final judging and shared their final judging submission (video) with the board.

“Every year, we fill out…a record of what we plan to do for the year and what we are accomplishing throughout the year. Every year, we submit it to the state, they submit it to nationals office, and we’re graded.” Emma explained.

“Last year, for the first time,” she continued, “we received a Three-Star Chapter Award - which is a pretty big deal in and of itself, but this year, we also received not only that, but we were chosen as one of the Top Ten in the nation in the ‘Strengthening Agriculture’ section for our National Milk Day event,” which was held Jan. 11 in conjunction with n ECHS boys basketball game.

Ryan then informed the board that the Edwards County FFA were “selected Top Ten out of 8,000 chapters around the nation.” 

“The process,” he shared, “took about two weeks…to get the video done, because of the whole pandemic. Normally, we would be presenting it in person, but due to the pandemic, we had to record a video and submit it, along with all the other information.”

He explained how they brainstormed ideas, researched those ideas, and finally wrote, and completed revisions on a script on their chosen topic. They then recorded and edited the video before submitting it. Emma noted it was a pretty big time investment on their part, they stayed after school want days for hours, working on revisions in order to make a lasting impression on the judges. They came in on a weekend to record and edit the video, which was an all-day event lasting through the evening to produce the seven minute video.

Mrs. Wiseman noted that the video was going to be judged by a panel of national agriculture teachers and industry professionals. “These kids have worked their tails off, preparing for this…and I think you’ll see by their presentation that they were very good representatives of our school district.”

“They created that,” she continued, referring to the video. “They created the script, they made it sound kind of like a news event…we should be very proud of these kids.”

The BOE offering their thanks, appreciation and congratulations to the FFA for their presentation, noting that they did a good job.