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Aledo FFA chapter earns prestigious ranking

July 20, 2020

Aledo FFA students and firefighters Lots of hard work, teamwork and even creative work led to the Aledo FFA program being named a National Three Star Ranked Chapter by the Texas FFA Association during the 92nd Texas FFA Virtual Convention last week.

Even with the COVID-19 closure last spring, Aledo’s FFA (pictured here before the COVID-19 closure) – which was 366 members strong last year – was able to complete the work to earn this prestigious ranking.

“I am so proud of our students and all of their hard work in planning and executing a successful program of activities,” FFA advisor Krysti Kelley said. “COVID-19 presented many challenges to completing our scheduled events for the year. Our students took the challenge head on and created alternative digital activities so that we could still apply for this award.”

The National Chapter Award Program is designed to award FFA chapters who actively implement the FFA mission and strategies. These chapters improve chapter operations by using a Program of Activities (POA), which emphasizes growing leaders, building communities and strengthening agriculture.

Aledo FFA’s Program of Activities focused on activities in three areas: growing leaders, building communities and strengthening agriculture. Activities were developed and implemented by student leaders and chapter advisors.

Monthly activities that the Aledo FFA program completed included a truck-washing community service project for the Aledo fire department, a joint canned food drive with Weatherford FFA, a 8th grade agricultural class recruitment day and a Greenhand leadership camp for first-year members.

“Achieving a Three Star Rank is very impressive as chapters must complete at least 15 activities, one for each of the five quality standards in each of three divisions,” the Texas FFA Association wrote in a letter to the Aledo FFA.