Shawnee FFA Chapter Volunteers at Gold Star Classic-AFR Special Needs Livestock Show
Chapter to be Recognized for Three-Star Status at 2019 National FFA Convention & Expo
Shawnee FFA students were part of the 75-member FFA volunteer group from across Oklahoma that served during the second annual Gold Star Classic-AFR Special Needs Livestock Show in Enid recently. Twenty-five Gold Star students from the Enid area participated and were assisted by FFA members during the event.
Every Shawnee student was paired with a Gold Star participant to help guide the student throughout the day, especially as the participants each showed a lamb or goat.
"This event is very meaningful for the youth volunteers to interact with the Gold Star participants," said Vanessa Wiebe, AFR/OFU Cooperative Youth Coordinator. "This event allows them to share their passion for livestock and grow their act of serving others."
Wiebe said the event showcased the nature of leadership and generosity of Oklahoma youth.
"We have some of the best youth in the country, and for them to individually take time to come here and help with this event is reassuring that Oklahoma's youth are pretty exceptional," Wiebe said.
Earlier this year, the Shawnee FFA chapter was designated as a Three-Star National Chapter in the 2019 National Chapter Award Program from the National FFA Organization. The three-star designation is the highest rating a chapter may receive.
The program recognizes outstanding FFA chapters from throughout the country that actively implement the mission and strategies of the organization. These chapters improve chapter operations using the National Quality FFA Chapter Standards and a Program of Activities that emphasizes growing leaders, building communities and strengthening agriculture. Chapters are rewarded for providing educational experiences for the entire membership.
Chapters that received star ratings during judging in late July will be recognized at the 2019 National FFA Convention & Expo, Oct. 30-Nov. 2 in Indianapolis. All star-rated FFA chapters receive honors made possible by corporate sponsor John Deere.
"Feeding some 9 billion people by mid-century brings with it unprecedented challenges for today's farmers," said Amy Allen, manager, national corporate contributions for John Deere. "The skills and experiences learned through the National Chapter Award Program will help meet the critical needs."
The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.