National Convention Update

Local FFA member Jamie Gravatt was awarded the highest degree the organization bestows on members and the Marion FFA Chapter was recently ranked as a Three Star Gold Emblem Chapter at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, IN.  Jamie received her American FFA Degree after four years of enrollment in agriculture classes at Marion High School, six years of FFA membership, and a Supervised Agricultural Experience Program focusing on her work with horses and her agricultural sales experience at Ideal Lawn and Tractor in Marion, IL.  Jamie is the first female from the Marion FFA Chapter to receive the American FFA Degree, an award that is annually bestowed on about 2% of the National FFA Organizations’ membership.  She follows in the steps of two previous members to receive the American FFA Degree; Adam Dahmer in 2006 and Daniel Boan in 2009.


In addition, the Marion FFA Chapter was ranked national as a Three Star Gold Emblem Chapter, a ranking that places the Marion FFA Chapter in the Top 200 of local FFA chapters across the nation.  The award program recognizes FFA chapters for developing and conducting a detailed Program of Activities (POA).  Each activity provides opportunities for members to excel in one of three areas: student, chapter, or community development.  Every year, chapters are recognized as having earned a one, two or three-star rating on their application.  The three-star rating is the highest level of accomplishment a chapter may achieve.


The National FFA Organization, formerly known as the Future Farmers of America, is a national youth organization of 523,309 student members – all preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business, and technology of agriculture – as part of the 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.  Vist or for more information, or follow the Marion FFA Alumni Chapter on Facebook.