Created on Saturday, 25 August 2012 Written by THE BELLEFONTAINE EXAMINER STAFF
Members of the national award-winning Ridgemont FFA Chapter will attend the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis Oct. 24-27 to compete as top 10 finalists in all three “Most Innovative” divisions: student, chapter and community, school officials announce.
Chapter adviser recognized with state award
Stephanie Jolliff, adviser of the successful Ridgemont FFA Chapter, which is competing this fall as a top 10 finalists in three National FFA divisions, earned some recognition herself this summer.
She was one of four women recognized as an Ag Woman of the Year in Ohio in the inaugural class. She raises beef cattle, hogs and chickens on her Hardin County family farm and has secured more than $200,000 in grants for the ag program at Ridgemont.
Her name was engraved on a plaque for permanent display at the Ohio Department of Agriculture.
Winners were selected on the basis of their outstanding contributions to Ohio agriculture, leadership and advocacy in the agricultural community and significant impact on the agriculture industry as a whole.
No other FFA chapter in the country has been named in the top 10 in all three divisions.
Also this year, the National FFA has started a new award, the Model of Excellence School, and Ridgemont has been named as a finalist in this category as well.
The award honors the top schools over all divisions of the 7,500 chapters in the country.
At the National FFA Conventions in 2010 and 2011, the Ridgemont FFA Chapter was named the number one chapter in the country after winning the Model of Innovation award in chapter development.
Last year, members were honored for their project celebrating International Education Week, where they taught cross-cultural traditions to students of all grade levels.
The students exceeded their goals, creating puppet shows, writing experiences and music classes for young students, and by using lunch periods to build cultural awareness through a variety of activities for older students.
Their efforts concluded with an assembly about life in Albania.