In the Ohio FFA State association, the North Union FFA Chapter was one of ten chapters to be named a top ten chapter in two different categories and only one of thirty to receive a gold emblem award. Out of 305 FFA chapters in the state, the North Union FFA was selected in the student and chapter divisions for the second time in North Union FFA history. There are three divisions of the national chapter award application. These awards were given out at the 85th Ohio FFA Convention by the State FFA Association. Representatives Justin Gravatt, Riley Hall, Katie Beeney, Skyler Foos, Samantha Hamilton, and Shelby Furer were honored to present for the chapter and accept the award for an outstanding FFA chapter.
To be eligible for the award, the State FFA Association evaluates each chapter and its involvement in the community, the school and student development over the course of a year. It is then decided if the chapter falls in the gold, silver or bronze category. Each ranking requires different standards that must be met before the end of year deadline. The Gold Emblem rating is usually given to the top 10% of chapters in the state. With 305 chapters in Ohio, this is a remarkable honor given to North Union. Once a Gold Emblem is received, the chapter moved to an interview round and the application will be forwarded on to national for evaluation and ranking. Our chapter has been involved in many different FFA and CDE competitions, and has been especially involved within the Richwood community. There is a lot of volunteer work done at the school and many of the members have earned awards for their hard work over the course of the year. Being awarded this honor outlines the chapter as one of the most exceptional FFA chapters in all of Ohio.