Boonville FFA receives Top Chapter Award

BOONVILLE — Boonville FFA was the Model of Innovation winner in the area of Community Development and placed third out of 334 chapters in the state, earning a Top Chapter Award at the 86th Missouri FFA Convention. Only 10 percent of state chapters receive a top chapter designation each year.
Chapter activity awards, sponsored by FCS Financial, are given to chapters achieving excellence in student, chapter and community development. The Boonville chapter advisors are Doug Henke, John Sponaugle and Deanna Thies.
The Boonville FFA student development activities included gun safety instruction for their Trap Shooting Team, a speaker night that featured retired agriculture education teacher Mr. Jim Thies, owner of The Veggie Patch, and a supervised agricultural experience fair which showcased the variety of areas can explore when choosing an SAE program.
The chapter development activities promoted excellence within the Boonville FFA Chapter. New FFA members were recruited through their Finding Future Agriculturalists program, leaders were developed through a series of teambuilding activities called Teaming Up to Lead and the chapter partnered with their local booster club to raise funds for FFA.
Boonville FFA members worked to improve their community by collecting items that directly benefited their community’s Buddy Pack Program and local homeless shelter, the Harvest House. The chapter adopted and maintained five landscape beds for the Missouri Department of Transportation, and promoted agricultural literacy to elementary students through live animal, food and non-food demonstrations.
Top chapter awards are submitted to the National FFA Organization where they will compete for the National FFA Chapter Award at the 87th National FFA Convention in Louisville, Ky.
The Missouri FFA has 25,852 members representing 334 chapters. The national organization has more than 579,000 members representing 7,570 local chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
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.