FFA Chapter Reaches Out
A Missouri FFA chapter donates its winnings from a recent competition to help the FFA chapter at the tornado-ravaged Joplin High School rebuild operations.
A member of the Joplin High School FFA chapter works at a vet clinic.
courtesy Joplin (Missouri) High School FFA
Indianapolis — A
Missouri high school FFA chapter that received a first-place prize in a recent
regional competition has donated its winnings to help students in
tornado-ravaged Joplin, Missouri, rebuild their FFA chapter and operations.
multiple-vortex twister killed more than 150 on May 22. Classified an EF5, the
most powerful of twisters that can sustain winds of more than 200 mph, the
force carved a six-mile long, mile-wide path through the town of 49,000,
destroying Joplin High School and 11 other school buildings. Franklin Technology
Center operated by the Joplin FFA chapter was one of the destroyed structures.
Just three days
before the Joplin disaster, an FFA chapter some
400 miles north in tiny Princeton,
Missouri, learned it was among
the top winners of an FFA competition sponsored by Monsanto. Princeton
R-V High School’s FFA chapter received a first-place $1,500 credit line prize
in the inaugural FFA Chapter Challenge, a pilot competition that encouraged FFA
chapters in seven states to forge new relationships with area farmers in turn
for their online votes of support. The credit line can be used to buy FFA
jackets, chapter banquet supplies, chapter medals and awards and fund trips to
Princeton is in
the northern tier of counties in Missouri,
is the county seat and has a population around 1,000 people.
“We were proud
of our accomplishment and very grateful to FFA and Monsanto, but after what
happened in Joplin, I spoke with my chapter officers, and we felt that donating
our winnings to Joplin High School’s FFA chapter was the right thing to do,” says
Bryan Williams, Princeton’s FFA adviser. “We talked about what we would do if
such a disaster happened here and what our needs would be. We determined that
the best way we could help is to give our Chapter Challenge award to help the
FFA students in Joplin.”
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