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Georgia FFA shines at the 81st national FFA convention

POSTED: December 12, 2008 5:00 a.m.
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Shown above are Emily Rodgers, Ashley Giles, Amber Craven and Kaley Basile.

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INDIANAPOLIS — The Effingham County High School FFA was represented at the 81st National FFA Convention in Indianapolis from Oct. 21 - 25.

Kaley Basile, chapter sentinel, Amber Craven, chapter president, Ashley Giles, chapter secretary, and Emily Rodgers, chapter vice-president and Area IV secretary, and their advisor CJ Satterfield attended the event.

Also from Effingham County FFA was Casey Wyman, former chapter vice-president and Georgia State FFA Officer, who served as a delegate for Georgia.

Sixteen Georgia FFA chapters received a national 3-Star ranking, the highest ranking offered in the National Chapter Award program. Those chapters included Berrien County (Nashville), Crawford County (Roberta), Cross Creek (Augusta), Etowah (Woodstock), Jackson County (Jefferson), Jasper Middle (Jasper), Jeff Davis High (Hazlehurst), Jeff Davis Middle (Hazlehurst), Lowndes County (Valdosta), Morgan County (Madison), Oconee Middle (Watkinsville), Putnam County (Eatonton), Screven County (Sylvania), Seminole County (Donalsonville), Southeast Bulloch (Brooklet), and Treutlen County (Soperton).

Six chapters earned a national 2-Star ranking. Those chapters included Effingham County (Springfield), Fannin County (Blue Ridge), Franklin County (Carnesville), Irwin County (Ocilla), Madison County (Danielsville), and Pelham.

Both the Jeff Davis High and Screven County FFA chapters were national finalists in the Models of Innovation program for their creative work in chapter development.

The Georgia FFA Association was recognized as the state Association with the largest membership growth in 2007-2008, with an increase of over 2,600 members. This marks the 10th consecutive year that the Georgia FFA has increased in membership.

More than 54,000 attended the 81st National FFA Convention. The theme for the convention was “Step Up and Stand Out.”

A complete set of results and a variety of highlights from the 81st National FFA Convention can be found on the National FFA Web site at www.ffa.org.

There are more than 500,000 FFA members nationwide. The Georgia Association has over 28,000 members, making it the third largest association in the nation.

The FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success, through agricultural education.

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