COLUMBIA, Mo., — Carthage FFA placed 31st out of 343 chapters in the state, earning a Top Chapter Award at the 90th Missouri FFA Convention. Only 10 percent of state chapters receive a top chapter designation each year.

COLUMBIA, Mo., — Carthage FFA placed 31st out of 343 chapters in the state, earning a Top Chapter Award at the 90th 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 Carthage FFA advisors are Justin Mauss, Tom Howard, Chris Cloud and Brandon Duff.
The Carthage FFA student development activities included Learn, Lead, Serve. The Carthage FFA has made it a priority to offer leadership opportunities to members, including attending Washington Leadership Conference (WLC). Members who attend WLC are encouraged to share their experiences with younger members and incorporate new leadership skills at the chapter level.
Carthage FFA chapter development activities included Food For America - Round Up Your Kids. With a realization that many students within their school district are removed from agriculture, FFA members hosted nearly 400 third-grade students and presented various topics in agriculture. The chapter also invited local media outlets to further promote agriculture literacy in the community.
Community development activities included Don’t Be Trashy. FFA members noticed a lack of recycling bins in their classrooms and school. The students developed a recycling program for the building and educated members on the importance of recycling.
The top chapters compete for the National FFA Chapter Award. Winners will be announced this fall at the 91st National FFA Convention and Expo in Indianapolis.