Model of Innovation Award Winner - Community Development

  Ridgemont FFA Named National Chapter Award Winner


INDIANAPOLIS (Oct. 21, 2010) – The Ridgemont FFA Chapter in Ridgeway, Ohio, was named Model of Innovation winner in chapter development at the 83rd National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Ind.

The nation’s top 10 three-star gold chapters in the chapter development division competed for the award. Ridgemont received a plaque in an onstage ceremony during the convention’s second general session on Thursday, Oct. 21. Top chapters were also selected from the middle school, student and community development divisions.

Members of the Ridgemont FFA planned several events to develop their chapter.  One activity, “Go Green Gophers,” coincided with the 40th annual Earth Day and helped to improve the high school’s green practices. For “Sprinting Sprouts,” members created a track and field event to raise money for a community member battling cancer and to promote healthy lifestyles.

The Models of Innovation awards are sponsored by John Deere and the Ford Motor Company. It is one of the many ways FFA members accomplish the FFA mission and succeed in making a difference in their communities and the lives of others.

The National FFA Organization, formerly known as Future Farmers of America, is a national youth organization of 523,309 student members as part of 7,487 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. The National FFA Organization operates under a Federal Charter granted by the 81st United States Congress, and it is an integral part of public instruction in agriculture. The U.S. Department of Education provides leadership and helps set direction for FFA as a service to state and local agricultural education programs. For more information visit, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and  FFA Nation.




Julie Adams






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