CASSTOWN — Recently, Beck’s Hybrids of Atlanta, Ind., and Farmer’s Alliance of Wapakoneta donated FFA jackets to two members of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter. The jackets were made available through a special project of the Ohio FFA Foundation. The Blue Jackets Program was founded to help new FFA members earn their first FFA jacket. Participating FFA members pledge to meet the Blue Jacket Program requirements and the jackets will be awarded to them.
Requirements of the Blue Jacket Program include attending two FFA events, completion of 10 hours of community service, submission of satisfactory plans for a Supervised Agricultural Experience Program, service on an FFA Program of Activities committee, completion of a high school agricultural education course, and attendance at 80 percent of the FFA chapter meetings. Additionally, the members selected agree to maintain a positive and cooperative attitude. In total, there were 460 applicants and the program sponsors were able to award 154 FFA jackets.
Selected from Miami East-MVCTC FFA were Libby Carpenter and Jarrett Winner. Libby and Jarrett are first year FFA members and freshmen at Miami East High School. They have attended numerous FFA activities including FFA Meetings, the State Greenhand Conference and preparing for the Novice Parliamentary Procedures Career Development Event. Libby is the daughter of Jeff and Linda Carpenter of Piqua. Jarrett is the son of Doug and Jackie Winner of Piqua.