Three members earn State FFA degrees
Grundy County FFA members recently attended the 91st annual Tennessee State FFA Convention in Gatlinburg. Members attended seven sessions packed with guest speakers from other state FFA associations, an appearance by National FFA Officer Ridge Hughbanks, and multiple people from sponsoring organizations.
The Grundy County FFA Chapter received a 10 percent membership increase award for the third year in a row. The chapter also received the Gold Level PLOW Award. PLOW stands for Passing Literacy OnWard and is a statewide FFA literacy initiative developed by TN FFA that encourages literacy inside and outside of the class-room.
Grundy FFA received a $400 grant during the fall semester to purchase books to donate to all local elementary schools. Books were distributed in December, to every Kindergarten and first grade student in the Grundy County School System. The grant was sponsored by the National FFA Organization through the Living to Serve Platform.
Hannah Butner, Porter Blake, and Hanna Tate received their State FFA Degrees by meeting the requirements set forth by the TN FFA Association. These members received the golden pin and chain. Requirements for the degree include members being in their third or fourth year of membership, completion of 360-plus hours of agriculture education courses, completion of 300-plus hours or an investment $1000-plus in their Supervised Agriculture Experience Project, serving as a Chapter Officer committee member, completion of five or more FFA activities over the chapter level, completion of 25-plus hours of community service, a recommendation from their FFA Advisor, and having their application approved by the school principal, school guidance counselor, Middle TN FFA Advisor recommendation committee, and the TNState FFA Staff.
Jaime Larrazolo Frisbee, Summer Sells, Justin Jacobs, and Zachery Campbell, four first-year members, competed in the state quiz bowl contest. The contest consists of 100 multiple choice questions regarding FFA history, laws, and other information.
State Convention expenses are made more affordable to members through local fundraising efforts. Agriculture Education students sell citrus fruit in the fall and strawberries in the spring. Funding is also made available with the assistance of the local FFA Alumni Chapter.
The Tom C. Clark FFA Alumni Chapter was chartered in 2018. Membership is available to any former FFA member or person interested in joining.