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Peebles FFA wins a spot in Ohio’s Top Ten Chapters

The Peebles High School FFA Chapter was recently named one of the top 10 chapters in the state of Ohio.
The Peebles High School FFA Chapter was recently named one of the top 10 chapters in the state of Ohio.

Chapter will resubmit their application in May to be evaluated at the national level

By Patricia Beech – People’s Defender

Students in Peebles High School’s FFA program are feeling justifiably proud of themselves after their chapter was chosen as one of Ohio’s top ten in the National Chapter Competition.

“Our members are so excited to have earned this award, they work endless hours on activities that help to develop students, the chapter and the community,” said FFA teacher, Rebecca Minton. “Even though we are so proud of this award, our first priority is to serve locally and get students to understand how important agriculture is to our community and how it makes a difference in other’s lives.”

According to Minton, the National Chapter Award program recognizes FFA chapters that successfully complete an annual Program of Activities. These activities designed to encourage its members to grow as individuals, to work as part of a team and to serve others.

“There are 308 Chapters in the state and only 10 chapters are selected. Our students worked very hard to have the opportunity to receive this honor.”

The Chapter has also been named a National Chapter Model of Innovation Finalist in the Chapter Development Category. Students will interview at the Ohio FFA Convention to determine their final placing in this area.

Chapters that receive a gold rating by their state FFA associations are eligible to compete for National FFA 3-star, 2-star or 1-star ratings. The Peebles FFA will resubmit their application in May to be evaluated at the national level.

“It is with the great support of our community that our members get to experience so much in the FFA,” Minton said. “We appreciate the constant help and support from our friends. We truly feel that our success is directly reflective our community.”

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