National finalists

Midd-West FFA recognized at convention

Submitted photo Midd-West FFA students stand together with the plaque awarded to the organization during the National FFA convention in October in Indianapolis.

INDIANAPOLIS — The Midd-West FFA Chapter was recognized Oct. 20 as a National Model of Innovation Finalist in Community Develop on stage during the Second General Session of the 89th National FFA Convention. This distinguished award was presented to the FFA chapter for their innovative work in economic development by selling AG TAG Discount Cards in partnership with the Midd-West FFA Alumni Association to encourage patrons to support sixteen local agribusinesses.

The National FFA Chapter Awards program is designed to recognize FFA chapters for their outstanding work in student, chapter, and community development. Midd-West FFA is one of only four chapters in Pennsylvania to be ranked as a 3-Star Chapter, the highest rating given to a chapter by the National FFA Organization. Being named a National Model of Innovation Finalist ranks Midd-West FFA among the Top 40 FFA chapters in the nation this year. Midd-West is also the first chapter from Pennsylvania to qualify for this honor in recent memory.

Midd-West FFA members receiving awards on stage included Aaron Rice (11), Tasha Reich (12), Allison Rice (10), and Logan Landis (11). Also attending the convention representing Midd-West was Ryan Frantz (10) and Zacary Krahel (10).

The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 649,355 student members who belong to one of 7,859 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Locally, the Midd-West FFA Chapter is comprised of over 350 students studying agricultural education at Midd-West High School making it the second-largest FFA chapter in Pennsylvania. The chapter is advised by agricultural education instructors David Bittner and Greg Erb.