Signal Knob FFA Named Va.’s Best

Posted: July 27, 2013

HARRISONBURG — Signal Knob Middle School in Strasburg was named the top chapter in Virginia at the State FFA Convention at the end of June, as well as the top middle school chapter.
The school’s FFA chapter, which includes 174 members, earned the designations based on activities it completed that aided student, chapter and community development. The middle-schoolers also claimed first-place finishes for those categories for the northern area of the state, which stretches from Botetourt County up to Clarke County.
The chapter claimed statewide awards for the community development and chapter development categories also.
“We have done so much this year that honestly I couldn’t even fit everything in the application,” said Jaclyn Roller, Signal Knob FFA adviser. “My personal goal was to at least just win one of those [categories] for the northern area, but when I saw we were the northern area winner in all three areas …  it was very, very exciting.”
The group also won a host of other awards at the convention for activities it participated in this year, which included helping out at the National Veterans Wheelchair Games in Richmond, adopting local streams and serving meals at a local church.
Other distinctions the group garnered include Gold Superior Chapter Rating, the Gold Public Relations Award, 100 percent Membership Award and Gold National Chapter Award.
The group will travel to the National FFA Organization Convention and Expo in Louisville, Ky., at the end of October, where it is eligible for several nationwide awards.
“What I’m learning in the short time I’ve been here is that the FFA is one of the lighthouses as far as solid programs,” said interim Shenandoah County Schools Superintendent Kevin Castner. “The fact that it is being noticed beyond the boundaries [of Shenandoah County] is no accident.”
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