Penn Yan FFA Chapter and Members to be Recognized at National Convention


PENN YAN – The Penn Yan Academy FFA will be nationally recognized multiple times in October at the FFA National Convention and Exposition in Indianapolis, Ind. The FFA National Convention will be streamed live online on the FFA National website, or you can watch on RFD-LA TÉLÉ.

National Skill Awards

Congratulations are due to clark simmons, which is one of four national finalists for the Fruit Production Proficiency Award. Clark will be interviewed by judges in September and recognized on stage at the FFA National Convention in October to find out if he is the National Winner at the Fifth General Session to be held Friday, October 28 at 2:30 p.m.

The Agricultural Skill Awards honor FFA members who, through supervised agricultural experiences (SAEs), have developed specialized skills that they can apply to their future careers. Students compete in fields ranging from agricultural communications to wildlife management. Proficiency Awards are also recognized at the local and state levels and reward members for exploring and establishing agricultural careers.

Clark Simmons pruning vines.
Clark Simmons with his grandfather, Neil.  He is the third generation of Simmons Vineyards.

Clark has worked on his family’s vineyard since he was young. He started out doing simple chores like mowing and pounding poles, then learned skills like harvesting and pruning vines, and last summer he was in charge of the spraying crew. He is currently in Pennsylvania for an internship at Helena Chemical. He will return to SUNY Cobleskill this fall to continue his education and plans to return to the family farm after graduation.

Only two other Penn Yan Academy FFA members have been finalists for a skill award: Suzie Vaughan in 2000 for Dairy Production; and Jeffrey Simmons (Clark’s uncle and current CEO of Elanco) in 1985 for agricultural processing.

Connor Moore with his beef cattle.

Connor Moore also participated in the National Proficiency Award program. Connor was rated gold in his Competency in Diversified Agricultural Entrepreneurship nationally, which is one of the most competitive skill areas. Connor started his operation when he was a freshman in high school. He started with a few British white heifers while farming hay. He has since raised his herd to over 50 head of cattle and grown corn, hay and made hay to feed his cattle and sell them.

Connor Moore harvesting hay.

3 Star Chapter

Penn Yan Academy FFA Chapter will once again be recognized nationally as a 3-star chapter, the highest ranked FFA chapters. Members representing the Chapter will be on stage at the 2nd General Session on Thursday, October 28 at 2 p.m. in recognition of being a 3-Star Chapter.

Penn Yan FFA officers for 2021-22

The National Chapter Award program recognizes outstanding FFA chapters across the country who actively implement the organization’s mission and strategies. These chapters enhance chapter operations by using the national FFA chapter quality standards and a program of activities that emphasizes developing leaders, building communities and strengthening agriculture. Chapters are rewarded for providing educational experiences for all members. Chapters that received stars in judging this summer will be recognized at the 95th FFA National Convention and Exhibition, October 26-29. All Star rated FFA chapters receive honors made possible by corporate sponsor John Deere.

“Feeding some 9 billion people by the middle of the century poses unprecedented challenges for today’s farmers,” said Amy Allen, corporate national contributions manager for John Deere. “The skills and experiences gained through the National Chapter Award program will help meet critical needs. »

American FFA diploma

The chapter also has two former members who will receive the American FFA diploma: Kendall Johncox and Breaona Lane – Tomion.

Kendall Johncox
Breaona Lane Tomion

Each year, the FFA National Organization honors FFA members who demonstrate the highest dedication to the organization through their desire to develop their potential for leadership, personal growth and professional success through education. agricultural. The American FFA degree is awarded to a select group of students in recognition of their years of academic and professional excellence. This year, 4,305 American degrees will be awarded.

Sponsored by Case IH, Elanco Animal Health, NAU Country Insurance Company, Pepsico Inc, RAM Trucks and Syngenta, the award recognizes demonstrated ability and outstanding achievement in agricultural business, production, processing or service programs.

To be eligible, FFA members must have earned and productively invested $10,000 through a Supervised Farming Experience (SAE) program in which they own their own business or hold a professional position as a ’employee. Recipients must also complete 50 hours of community service and demonstrate exceptional leadership abilities and civic involvement by completing a long list of FFA and community activities.

Less than 1% of FFA members earn the American FFA credential. Each American FFA Diploma recipient receives a gold American FFA Diploma key and certificate after being recognized at the national convention.

The FFA National Organization is a national, school-based youth leadership development organization with more than 760,000 student members through 8,700 local FFA chapters in all 50 states and Puerto Rico.

Fundraising Chicken BBQ

Get your tickets for the annual PYA FFA Chicken BBQ soon.  Saturday, Sept. 17, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Remember that pre-sale dinners must be picked up by 12:30 p.m. or they will be resold.

The Penn Yan FFA will host its annual Homecoming Chicken BBQ on Saturday, September 17 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dinners are $15 each and include ½ chicken, baked beans, savory potatoes, macaroni salad, roll, and a cookie. They will be take-out only at the Penn Yan Academy cafeteria. The money raised from this barbecue will be used to help students attend the FFA national convention. It is highly recommended to order dinners in advance as a limited number of appointments will be available. To book dinners, please see a Penn Yan FFA member, email FFA Advisor Carlie Bossard at [email protected], or call Penn Yan Academy at 315-536-4408.


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