Congratulations to the Spencer County FFA Chapter from Taylorsville, Ky! They were named the 2012 Model of Excellence award winner, the first chapter to ever receive this distinction, by the National FFA Organization during the 85th National FFA Convention & Expo. Model of Excellence is a new category in the National Chapter Award program designed to recognize the top FFA chapter nationwide.
To increase interest in FFA at the middle school level, members of the chapter created Ag-Arithmetic Day, teaching 211 eighth grade students that FFA and agricultural education are about more than just production farming. Middle school students took part in three rotations: aquaculture koi color probability, determining the cost of floral boutonnieres and making geometric calculations through plywood cutouts. The chapter also worked to promote agricultural awareness in the community by organizing the Ag Commodity Breakfast featuring Kentucky-grown products.
Overall, the chapter created more than 15 activities related to quality standards set by the national organization during the school year. Spencer County was also a national finalist in the Model of Innovation – Chapter Development category.