The annual FFA banquet for Rushville Consolidated High School student members will be held at 6 p.m. May 4 in the Laughlin Center at RCHS.
RCHS FFA Advisor Blair Orme said the theme for this year’s event is “Team FFA.” Each aspect of the evening will focus on the team aspect of FFA and how that relates to leadership skills and agriculture.
Special guests in attendance will be Florida native and National FFA President Clay Sapp as well Hoosier FFA State President Cameron Mann of Cloverdale.
“We are honored to have both the state and national presidents of FFA on hand for our special awards program,” Orme said.
He continued by saying that this will be the first local visit ever by the national president.
According to a local members, this is more than simply an awards program.
“FFA is not simply an organization, it exemplifies and embraces the effort to be a part of the Rush County family. The members make you feel truly welcome,” Taylor Yager said.
Fellow student Jill Yager said FFA is a leadership based organization rooted in agriculture and provides members the tools and skills the current students will need and utilize outside the classroom once their high school days are complete; those sentiments were echoed by Heidi Schultz.
Currently, there are more than 100 local members, making FFA one of if not the largest student organizations at RCHS.
For many years the organization was perceived to be only for those involved in the farming or agribusiness community; however, in recent years that perception has been slowly stripped away. Students don’t have to be from farming backgrounds to be in FFA.
Local chapter president Becca Rigs is looking forward to this year’s awards banquet and meeting both the national and state presidents and said that it is an honor to have both present at this year’s program.
Contact: Frank Denzler @ 765.932.2222 x106