Augusta County Public Schools proudly recognizes the Wilson Middle School FFA as the 2022 Virginia FFA Association Top Jr. Chapter!
This past year, Wilson Middle participated in the National Chapter Award Program which is designed to recognize FFA chapters that actively implement the mission and strategies of the organization. These chapters improve chapter operations using the National Quality Chapter Standards (NQCS) and a Program of Activities (POA) that emphasize growing leaders, building communities, and strengthening agriculture. Chapters are rewarded for providing educational experiences for the entire membership.
In order to qualify for a state or national award, Wilson Middle FFA had to complete at least 15 activities, one for each of the five quality standards in each of the three divisions. Additionally, the chapter had to meet the minimum requirements as outlined in the National Quality Chapter Standards. Categories included:
Growing Leaders Division: Leadership, Healthy Lifestyles, Scholarship, Personal Growth, and Career Success.
Building Communities Division: Environmental, Human Resources, Citizenship, Stakeholder Engagement, Economic Development
Strengthen Agriculture Division: Support Group, Chapter Recruitment, Safety, Agriculture Advocacy, and Agricultural Literacy
Before Wilson Middle could be considered for the top Junior Chapter Award, it first had to be considered as a state superior chapter. To do this, chapters need to conduct one activity related to each quality standard in addition to meeting the minimum criteria outlined in the National Quality Chapter Standards. Chapters receive a superior chapter certificate each year they achieve this level.
Wilson Middle FFA had the opportunity to compete for state gold, silver, or bronze awards. Chapters must qualify for the superior chapter award and complete the Form II application. Wilson Middle used Form II to report goals, plans of action, and results/evaluations on three activities for each division.
Virginia FFA Top Overall chapters exhibit exemplary qualities in all categories of growing leaders, building communities, and strengthening agriculture. Only gold-rated chapters are eligible for the top chapter awards.
Wilson Middle FFA members have continued to invest in a system that puts an emphasis on hard work and practice to be successful. Wilson Middle has now been awarded a State Superior Chapter Rating for two years, earned a State Gold Chapter Rating, qualified for the National judging contest, and recently was awarded the highest National Rating of being a 3 Star Chapter.