Cold Springs High School
Cold Springs High School FFA members not only learned first-hand about agricultural livelihoods but also earned $1,500 for their FFA program by participating in the third annual FFA Chapter Challenge.
“The Voting Challenge has been a really good program for our chapter,” said Cold Springs FFA Advisor Haynes Riddle. “The students watched the vote standing each day, and we couldn’t have won without the support from our community – they are the heartbeat of our program.” With their funding, the Cold Springs FFA Chapter purchased a new set of officer jackets, along with preparatory materials for Career Development Events (CDEs), including ag mechanics, small engines, horse judging, public speaking, and quartet competition.
New this year, Chapter Challenge offered FFA members in 15 states two ways to participate. Chapters could compete in the Voting Challenge or the Chapter Advocacy Portfolio Challenge. In the Voting Challenge, members met with local farmers to build relationships and learn about their livelihood. Those farmers then voted for their favorite FFA chapter. The Chapter Advocacy Portfolio Challenge encouraged chapters to meet with agriculturalists and community members to broaden their understanding about agriculture and then promote what they learned through social media and by creating a video. The Cold Springs FFA chapter participated in the Voting Challenge.
“Monsanto is proud to partner with the National FFA Foundation,” said Elizabeth Vancil, Monsanto customer advocacy outreach manager. “Together we are helping local FFA chapters advocate for agriculture and create bonds with the people who grow our food and build our communities.”
Across the country, more than 300 FFA chapters were in the running for the FFA Chapter Challenge grand prize, sponsored by the National FFA Foundation and Monsanto. The top chapter in each category received an all-expense paid trip for seven to the National FFA Convention & Expo. The top FFA chapters in each state received certificates of credit up to $2,500 which can be used with the national office for items such as new FFA blue jackets, convention fees and more. The Cold Springs FFA Chapter received $1,500 in credit for placing first in the Voting Challenge in Alabama.
To see a full list of 2013 FFA Chapter Challenge winners, please visit http://www.ffachapterchalllenge.com.