St. Amant High FFA receives ranking of Top FFA Chapter in the State

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen
Pictured Left to Right: Advisor Samuel Duplantis, Jr, Tate Templet, Kyndal Wright, Grant Bourgeois, Carly Bateman, Sadie Foster, Cheyenne Moran, Haley Lee, Matthew DeLaune, Advisor Jed Satterley, and Advisor Mandy Delaune.

The St. Amant FFA Chapter received the prestigious ranking of #1 FFA Chapter in the State at the 89th Louisiana State FFA Convention & Expo. They were also awarded the Living to Serve Award which is earned by the FFA Chapter that logs the most service hours throughout the year.

The Gold Emblem Award is only bestowed upon the top 10 percent of FFA chapters in Louisiana. Gold Emblem FFA chapters advance to the national level to be judged for the National FFA Chapter rating.

Chapters that received the Gold Emblem rating actively implemented the FFA mission and strategies.

These chapters were successful by implementing a Program of Activities, which emphasizes student, chapter, and community development.

The 89th annual Louisiana FFA Convention recorded approximately 3,000 members and guests.

Members of the state’s largest agricultural youth leadership organization spent the week attending leadership workshops, participating in events and activities, being recognized for their achievements, and serving as the legislative body for the Louisiana FFA Association.

During the fifth and final general session of the 89th Louisiana FFA Convention & Expo, the St. Amant FFA chapter was awarded the Gold Emblem award and recognized for being the top FFA Chapter in the State. This recognized them for their accomplishments within their program of activities, which included various categories and events.

These categories include Building Communities, Strengthening Agriculture, and Growing Leaders.

Building Communities consists of developing relationships and increasing development on the community level. One event that was hosted by the St. Amant FFA chapter that corresponded with this category would be Christmas Give. Christmas Give is an activity designed to provide families in need within our school community with a Christmas meal, gifts, and household items such as food and toiletries.

The next category, Strengthening Agriculture, is designed to develop the next generation of agriculturists. One event hosted by St. Amant FFA to strengthen agriculture is AgVenture. AgVenture was made up of approximately 500 elementary students in the community. During AgVenture, over 100 St. Amant agriculture students developed Ag literacy lesson to teach to the youth in our community. St. Amant FFA was named the state winner for this Division.

The final category, Growing Leaders, is a category based on developing leadership skills in all FFA members. St. Amant FFA hosts leadership workshops in the agriculture classes at St. Amant High School to develop leadership skills within the chapter. These workshops consist of lessons based on time management, teamwork, and communication. By completing these workshops, St. Amant agriculture students can further develop their leaderships skills.

Gold emblem chapters in the state of Louisiana, St. Amant FFA chapter being one of seven, will now move on to compete on the national level. At the national level, the chapter will be rated between 1 star, 2 stars, or the highest at 3 stars. Those placings will not be announced until August.

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Contributed by St. Amant Future Farmers of America