The Munford FFA chapter has been recognized as a National 3 Star Chapter by the National FFA Organization.

Munford was the only school from West Tennessee to be recognized as a 3 star chapter and one of only four schools across Tennessee to receive this distinction.

The Munford FFA received this recognition based on their activities from the 2017-2018 school year. FFA members completed the chapter’s application based on the Program of Activities. The POA’s three categories are growing leaders, building communities and strengthening agriculture. These three categories sum up the goals of the Munford FFA chapter: to build future leaders, to support the community and to increase agriculture awareness.

To be considered for the National ranking the Munford chapter first had to submit their application to the state for judging in June. The application was compared against schools from across the state and ranked first out of 27 applications. Activities included in the application: the chapter’s youth loan program with the Farm Service Agency, the domestic and international GoFFA trips that the chapter organizes and takes, a partnership with the City of Munford to grow hanging baskets, the chapter officer retreat, the chapter agriscience fair, Munford FFA Little Lamb Camp, the FFA chapter’s work with the Tipton County Animal Shelter and Paws and Claws animal rescue to spay and neuter cats in Tipton County, and more.

In addition to the chapter’s success in the National Chapter Award Program, many students were recognized for their work and will compete this fall at National Convention.

In the Agriscience Fair competition three students were recognized as national finalists and will interview to showcase their projects in Indianapolis in October.  Munford FFA National Agriscience Fair Finalists are Johnathan Yarbrough, Haley Wilson and Autumn Bone.  

The National FFA Agricultural Proficiency Awards honor FFA members who, through their supervised agricultural experiences, have developed specialized skills that they can apply toward their future careers.  

Four national finalists are selected for each of the award areas and will go on to compete for a national proficiency award. Proficiency award winners are announced onstage during the National FFA Convention & Expo.

Each national finalist receives $500 and a plaque. National winners receive an additional $500 award and a plaque.

Ashley Tilson of the Munford FFA worked extensively with the food science program while in high school and has applied in the FFA Food Science Proficiency Program. She has been recognized as a National Finalist. Her program was recognized as one of the top four in the nation and Tilson will compete at National Convention to be recognized as the national winner and to win a trip to Europe next summer.

Kelley Ann Rice, also of the Munford FFA chapter, has been raising and exhibiting sheep since she was a small child. She applied in the sheep production proficiency award area after being selected as a state winner in March. Rice was also selected as a national finalist. Her sheep project was recognized as one of the top four in the country and she will compete at national convention to be recognized as the national winner and to win a trip to Europe next summer.

The American FFA Degree is awarded to members who have demonstrated the highest level of commitment to FFA and made significant accomplishments in their supervised agricultural experiences. The degree is awarded at the National FFA Convention & Expo each year to less than one percent of FFA members, making it one of the organization’s highest honors.

Thomas Wolfle and Sierra Schulz of the Munford FFA chapter have been awarded the American FFA Degree and will receive their honors at the National FFA Convention.

Jeff Ireland is The Leader's sports editor. To contact him, call 901-476-7116 or email jireland@covingtonleader.com.​

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