Cloverdale High School earns $1,000 in FFA Chapter Challenge

Thursday, July 11, 2013
Cloverdale High School recently was awarded $1,000 from the FFA Chapter Challenge, which took place at Purdue University. From left are Collin Pennington, DEKALB/Asgrow Area Business Manager Kent Harris and Mariah Huge.

Members of the Cloverdale High School FFA chapter not only learned first-hand about agricultural livelihoods but also earned $1,000 for their FFA program by participating in the third annual FFA Chapter Challenge.

"Farmers serve as valuable resources for the FFA members in our community and it is important for us to establish strong ties with them," said Tiffany Douglas, Cloverdale High School FFA chapter advisor.

New this year, chapter challenge offered FFA members in 15 states two ways to participate. Chapters could compete in the voting challenge or the chapter advocacy portfolio challenge.

In the voting challenge, members met with local farmers to build relationships and learn about their livelihoods. Those farmers then voted for their favorite FFA chapter.

The chapter advocacy portfolio challenge encouraged chapters to meet with agriculturalists and community members to broaden their understanding about agriculture and then promote what they learned by using social media and by creating a video. The Cloverdale High School FFA chapter received $1,000 in credit for placing second in the Voting Challenge in Indiana.

"Monsanto is proud to partner with the National FFA Foundation," said Elizabeth Vancil, Monsanto customer advocacy outreach manager. "Together we are helping local FFA chapters advocate for agriculture and create bonds with the people who grow our food and build our communities."

Across the country, more than 300 FFA chapters were in the running for the FFA Chapter Challenge grand prize, sponsored by the National FFA Foundation and Monsanto. The top chapter in each category received an all-expense paid trip for seven to the National FFA Convention & Expo. The top FFA chapters in each state received certificates of credit up to $2,500, which can be used with the national office for items such as new FFA blue jackets, convention fees and more.

Top chapters in Indiana:

Portfolio Challenge

* First place -- Jay County High School FFA

Voting Challenge

* First place -- John Glenn High School FFA

* Second place -- Cloverdale High School FFA

* Third place -- Danville High School FFA

* Fourth place -- Northview High School FFA

* Fifth place -- Southmont Jr./Sr. High School FFA

* Sixth place -- South Central Jr./Sr. High School FFA

* Seventh place -- North Montgomery High School FFA

To see a full list of 2013 FFA Chapter Challenge winners, visit

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