OCCHS FFA places 10th in statewide contest
Posted: Tuesday, March 20, 2012 8:00 pm
Thousands of FFA members from hundreds of FFA chapters in 12 states have finished a huge effort to connect with local farmers, and 20 FFA chapters in Tennessee, including Obion County Central High School, have been named state winners.
The Ben W. Hooper Vocational School FFA Chapter in Cocke County received 350 votes from local farmers to earn top honors statewide in the 2012 FFA Chapter Challenge. The Cocke County chapter will receive a $2,500 FFA Certificate of Credit good for FFA-related costs, including chapter supplies, registration fees for national leadership conferences and other items.
The OCCHS chapter placed 10th statewide and will receive $1,000 in credit.
The FFA Chapter Challenge, a second year program expanded to 12 states in 2012, challenged FFA members to meet farmers in their local communities to build relationships and learn about different agricultural careers. After meeting, FFA members encouraged the farmers to vote for their chapter online or over the phone.
Monsanto sponsors the FFA Chapter Challenge as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.
Voting for the 2012 FFA Chapter Challenge began Jan. 16 after expanding to 12 states this year, including Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Tennessee and Texas. The campaign finished Feb. 29, with over 10,000 votes being cast nationally during the final week of competition.
Published in The Messenger 3.20.12