The Hope FFA chapter was chosen the Growing Leaders winner at the 91st National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis.  Photo courtesy of Hauser Jr. Sr. High School
The Hope FFA chapter was chosen the Growing Leaders winner at the 91st National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis. Photo courtesy of Hauser Jr. Sr. High School

Press release

The Hope FFA chapter has been named the 2018 National Premier Chapter: Growing Leaders winner at the 91st National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis.

The National Chapter Award program recognizes outstanding FFA chapters that actively implement the mission and strategies of the organization. 

Chapters are rewarded for providing educational experiences for the entire membership.

Hope FFA, in conjunction with the school’s administration, kicked off a “Go Live Yourself” campaign after noticing a rise in sensationalizing of suicides. After overhearing overhanded remarks in regards to suicides, members realized it was time for a culture change and rose to action. A school convocation encouraged students to be better friends, partners and leaders. After the activity, student body members learned coping strategies and how to help themselves and others.

With a challenge of being able to “Live,” knowing others felt pain or shared pain the chapter encouraged everyone to find peace and help each other.

The Growing Leaders award demonstrate competency in doing innovative things or taking traditional concepts and applying a creative twist in the building communities division of the chapter’s Program of Activities. Ten three-star chapters competed in a presentation and interview process for the top honor during this year’s national convention. Hope FFA received a plaque in an onstage ceremony during the convention’s second general session on Thursday, Oct. 25.

The National Chapter Award program is sponsored by John Deere.