National convention

The FFA chapter of PYA, members will be recognized at the national convention

FFA National Convention

The Penn Yan Academy FFA Chapter has been nationally recognized as a “3 Star Chapter” and has also been selected as a National Finalist in the “Premier Chapter-Growing Leaders” area. Their virtual cooking class, “Cooking with Lee,” was selected as one of the ten finalists for this award.

"Cooking with Lee" host Lee Miller

The chapter will be interviewed by the judges at the end of September and the winner will be announced on stage during the FFA National Convention at 8 a.m. on Friday, October 29 during the 4th general session. You can watch the session on RFD-TV or through the national FFA website. They will also be on stage during the 2nd General Session at 2 p.m. on Thursday October 28 to be a 3 Star Chapter.

The National Chapter Reward Program recognizes outstanding FFA Chapters from across the country who actively implement the organization’s mission and strategies. These chapters enhance chapter operations by utilizing national FFA chapter quality standards and a program of activities that emphasizes leadership growth, community building and strengthening agriculture. Chapters are awarded for providing educational experiences to all members. Chapters that received stars in the judging this summer will be recognized at the 94th FFA National Convention and Exhibition, October 27-30. All Star FFA Chapters receive honors made possible by corporate sponsor John Deere.

“Feeding some nine billion people by the middle of the century presents unprecedented challenges for farmers today,” said Amy Allen, head of national corporate contributions for John Deere. “The skills and experiences gained through the National Sections Awards program will help address critical needs. “

American FFA Diploma

The Penn Yan Chapter also has three members who will receive the American FFA Diploma: Janet Martens, Alvaro Chavez, and Brayden Webber.

Janet Martens
Alvaro (Tito) Chavez
Brayden Webber

Each year, the National FFA Organization honors FFA members who demonstrate the greatest dedication to the organization through their desire to develop their potential for top leadership, personal growth and professional success through the agricultural education. The American FFA Diploma is awarded to a select group of students in recognition of their years of academic and professional excellence. This year, 3,863 US degrees will be awarded.

Sponsored by Case IH, Elanco Animal Health, NAU Country Insurance Company, Pepsico Inc., RAM Trucks and Syngenta, the award recognizes demonstrated capabilities and outstanding achievement in agriculture, production, processing or service programs.

To be eligible, FFA members must have earned and productively invested $ 10,000 through a supervised agricultural experience (SAE) program in which they own their own business or hold a professional position as a ’employee. Recipients are also expected to complete 50 hours of community service and demonstrate exceptional leadership abilities and civic involvement by completing a long list of FFA and community activities.

Less than 1% of FFA members obtain the American FFA diploma. Each recipient of the FFA U.S. Diploma receives a Gold FFA U.S. Diploma Key and Certificate after being recognized at the National Convention.

The FFA National Organization is a national, school-based youth leadership development organization with more than 760,000 student members from 8,700 FFA locals in all 50 states and Puerto Rico.

Back home chicken barbecue

The Penn Yan FFA will be hosting their annual Chicken Homecoming BBQ from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, September 25. Dinners are $ 12 each and include ½ chicken, baked beans, coleslaw, macaroni salad, bun and a cookie. They will only be taken out from the Penn Yan Academy cafeteria. Money raised during the barbecue will be used to help students attend the FFA National Convention. It is strongly recommended that you order dinners in advance, as a limited number of walk-in people will be available. Email FFA advisor Carlie Bossard at [email protected] or call the Academy to book dinners.