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Students from the Environmental/Veterinary Sciences class at the Muskegon Area Career Tech Center (MACTC) traveled to Michigan State University to participate in the 87th State FFA Convention March 11–13, 2015. There, eleven members of the MACTC Chapter were recognized for their achievements. The MACTC Chapter also received the Superior Chapter Award, which is awarded to chapters who have demonstrated leadership among their chapter, its members, and the community.
Zack Young (Whitehall) and Jessica Lohman (Montague) received their FFA State Degree. This is the highest award granted at the state level. Earning the Outstanding Junior Award were students Andrea Riddle (Montague), and Maddison Nelson (North Muskegon). This award is given to juniors who have shown exemplary dedication to the FFA and their Supervised Agricultural Experience projects. Jessi Thomas (Holton), Ashley Morrow (Oakridge), Ty’Esha Kirks (Muskegon), Katy Bolen (Ravenna), and Tristan Anderson (Holton) received the Academic Excellence Award. This award is given to students who have a 3.30 or higher GPA. Zack Young also earned a Proficiency Award in Forest Management and Products. Ashley Morrow, Clara Carr (Oakridge), and Cheyanne Wezell (Oakridge) earned Proficiency Awards as well in Equine Production.
Zack and Jessi were also this year’s Chapter Delegates. The two were responsible for voting on various amendments to the State FFA Bylaws and on the State Officers the 2015-2016 term.
Between sessions, the group had the opportunity to tour some of the Michigan State University Farms. These included the sheep, dairy, and horse barns.
The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth, and career success training through agricultural education to 557,318 student members in grades seven through twelve who belong to one of 7,498 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The Michigan FFA makes a difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agriculture education.