Blake Mewes

Blake Mewes, Student Advisor, volunteered his skills for the “Got Milk?” photo station during the Edwards County FFA’s National Milk Day informational evening last January.

The Edwards County FFA program one of just 10 chapters nationally up for an award acknowledging their efforts to strengthen agriculture in their local community.

The chapter was selected as a finalist in the Strengthening Agriculture category by the FFA National Chapter for its efforts to educate the public about the diary industry during National Milk Day this past January. The selection marks the first time in the program’s history that it has been in the running for the distinction.

The selection was by no means anticipated by the members of the Edwards County FFA.

“They were very surprised,” said Michelle Wiseman, Adviser of the Edwards County chapter, on her students’ reaction to their chapter’s selection as a National Finalist. “They are also very proud that their hard work earned this distinction.”

The Edwards County chapter was selected as one of 10 National Finalists in the category after submitting its annual National Chapter Award Application.

“Every year, FFA chapters across the country submit their National Chapter Award Applications, highlighting events held at the local level,” explained Wiseman. “The National Chapter Award Program is designed to recognize FFA chapters that actively implement the mission and strategies of the organization.”

Chief among those strategies is building leadership traits throughout a chapter’s membership.

“These chapters improve chapter operations using the National Quality Chapter Standards and a Program of Activities that emphasize growing leaders, building communities and strengthening agriculture,” Wiseman said. “Chapters are rewarded for providing educational experiences for the entire membership.

For the rest of the story, check out this week's Navigator.