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Delphos FFA named three star National Chapter; 4 receive American FFA Degrees PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, November 06, 2013 9:15 PM

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LOUISVILLE — The largest gathering of FFA members recently took place and 10 Delphos FFA members were part of it. More than 57,000 members, parents and guests gathered for the National FFA Convention held Oct. 30-Nov. 2 in Louisville, Ky.

The purpose of this convention is to gather FFA members from across the nation to celebrate the achievements that have been made of the past year, broaden the horizons of members by exposing them to new places and motivate them to continue to reach their goals.

Delphos FFA members boarded a charter bus on Wednesday morning with the Paulding, Wayne Trace and Lincolnview FFA chapters.

The first stop was a tour of a Tyson Foods hog processing facility in Logansport, Ind., then toured Not Just Popcorn in Edinburgh, Ind., and finished the day attending the first general session of the 2013 National Convention highlighted by motivational speaker Rick Patino.

On Thursday, the group toured Toyota Manufacturing plant in Georgetown, Ky., and also Kenneland Race Track in Lexington, Ky., and later that evening were entertained by Dr. Jim Wand a hypnotist.

Friday morning, they attended the fourth general convention session highlighted by Joe Torillo a New York City Firefighter who survived 9-11 not once but twice being buried under both towers on that horrific day in history. He shared his life-changing experiences and had motivational words of wisdom.

They also had the opportunity to visit the Career Show at Convention and that evening for recreation, they went to a go-kart track, laser tagging, putt putt golf center and attended a rodeo.

The Delphos FFA was also recognized as a three-star National Chapter, the highest ranking a chapter can earn at the national level.

The American Degree Session was the highlight of Saturday morning. Four Delphos FFA members — Julie Noonan, Tim Pohlman, Austin Reindel and Lindzi Hoersten — were awarded their American Degree, which is the highest award a member can earn. This degree is given to only one-half of one percent of the 590,000 members. They have completed all of the requirements through the FFA that enabled them to achieve this honor. They all have received their Greenhand, Chapter and State FFA degrees. They have been active members of the Delphos FFA chapter for five years, completed four years of systematic Agriculture Education Instruction, have productively invested $7,500, worked over 2,500 hours, above scheduled class time, maintained a “C” or better grade point average and was extremely involved as a Delphos FFA member through a numerous amount of activities.


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