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Article: Students Awarded FFA Jackets

Students Awarded FFA Jackets

Victoria Sprague and Emily Wells show the backs of their FFA jackets

Two JVS FFA Chapter members and students in the Landscape and Greenhouse Management program have been selected to receive FFA jackets through the Beck’s Blue Jackets Program. Beck’s is the fourth-largest seed brand in the United States and partners with the National FFA Organization to help serve as many students as possible by providing FFA jackets for first year members.

Of the more than 600 applicants, 179 students were awarded with jackets this year, and Victoria Sprague, junior from Keystone, and Emily Wells, junior from Midview, were among those students.

To apply for the jacket, students needed to answer three essay questions and also had to commit to attending at least two FFA events this year, completing 10 hours of community service and completing the requirements to earn their Greenhand Degree.

Wells shared how she always wanted to be a part of FFA, even when she was a little girl. “When I came to the JVS and found out they have an FFA Chapter, I knew I would be a part of it.” 

“I love the official dress of the FFA. Being in it makes me feel proud and I really wanted my own jacket,” said Wells. “I feel so lucky to have been selected to receive a jacket. There were so many people that applied for the jackets, and I’m just happy to be one of them.”

Sprague shares the excitement with her classmates about the jackets, and the FFA organization. “To me it is a family. We are all linked together. Not only our chapter, but also being a part of the bigger group, working toward a common goal, is really cool.” 

Beth Berthold, Landscape and Greenhouse Management Instructor and FFA Advisor was thrilled two of her students were selected to receive a jacket. “I have known Emily and Victoria since their sophomore year at JVS, and it has been great to watch them develop as FFA members, already this early into their FFA career. Both of them will be an integral part in the future of our FFA chapter and it is great that they will have their own jackets while taking part in all FFA has to offer.”

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