MARSHALL, Mo— The Marshall FFA Chapter recently attended the National FFA Convention and won a top honor. Click play below to listen to KMZU’s Ashley Johnson with Chapter President, Sydney Mason and Vice President, Kade Plattner about the National Model of Excellence award and what it means to Marshall FFA members and supporters:
During the 88th Annual National FFA Convention and Expo, chapters from all over the nation came together in Louisville, Kentucky, for a chance to share with each other the different ideas and projects which they have used to improve their respectable communities and the lives of those who live there.
One such chapter, the Marshall, Missouri, FFA chapter did just that. President Sydney Mason said the honor and pride felt by her chapter after winning the National Model of Excellence Award could not be compared.
“That program is basically the top ten chapters in the nation are chosen to be finalists,” Mason explained, “Each of those chapters sends two individuals that come to the convention and represent them and give a speech about basically the program of activities of the chapter and we were chosen as the winner.”
One of the key components to Marshall taking the top prize began with the chapters “attitude of gratitude” through their Operation Beautiful activities. The kids took their time providing 200 individualized thank you cards, notes, and posters to show thanks to members, teachers, parents, and program advocates for their unwavering devotion to the betterment of their FFA chapter.
Members also posted positive notes around the middle and high school building, helping to provide a more positive environment which in-turn helps with mental and emotional well-being.
Marshall Chapter Vice President, Kade Plattner, expressed how humbling it was to win the award. He also said the satisfaction he felt knowing he was part of that experience and journey was something he will never forget and will be proud to support for generations to come.
“I plan to, after graduating high school, go to college and get a bachelors in animal science,” Plattner said, “Then from there pursue, hopefully, a veterinary degree and hopefully open up a veteran clinic either around Marshall or somewhere in Missouri and serve my part there. And I will definitely be supporting the local FFA Chapter throughout my time.”
Mason plans to pursue a career in Agriculture Education. She said she wants to incorporate her “positive” and “life shaping” experiences in FFA, into her teaching style, allowing future students to participate in some of the rewarding experiences she has been involved in herself.
While these two High School Juniors were the representatives for their chapter, both Mason and Plattner thanked not only their fellow members for their hard work and dedication but also all those who have supported the chapter, stating they built them up to be what they are today.