By: Cassidy Hoffmann, FFA Chapter Reporter
The Minnesota FFA Foundation and Sleepy Eye Ag. Program Boosters are pleased to announce the presentation of the official FFA jacket to twenty-two members of the Sleepy Eye FFA Chapter. Abby Ring, Abigail Hornsby, Alyssa Romberg, Asha Schmid, Isaac Johnson, Jackson Huiras, Jack Schroepfer, Jordan Niebuhr, Kevin Montemayor, Logan Mickelson, Maranda Braulick, Mason Thoms, Maddisson Helget, McKenna Dockter, Samantha Arista, Sophia Portner, Trisha Ludewig, Sophie Gustafson, Andrew Heimer, Carter Netzke, Rachelle Zinnel, and Presley Bauer have been selected to receive their own jacket.
As Minnesota FFA welcomed thousands of young people into membership, the Minnesota FFA Foundation has announced the recipients of the Blue Jacket Bright Futures program. The program provides sponsored FFA jackets to Minnesota youth who are starting their FFA career. This is the eleventh year the Minnesota FFA Foundation has offered the program.
“The Blue Jackets Bright Future program is a valuable program providing students with an FFA jacket to support their FFA involvement. A personalized FFA jacket provides recipients with a sense of pride while giving them ownership of their FFA experiences, said Lavyne Rada, Minnesota FFA Association Leadership Development Coordinator. “FFA plays an important role in developing agricultural and leadership skills in students while preparing them for their future careers.”
“I feel very excited to finally have my very own jacket! I can now show my FFA pride by wearing the jacket to competitions, banquets, and many more events! Also, now I can show a little story through my pins. I am very appreciative to all the donors for giving my peers and myself the opportunity to have our own jacket!” says Maranda Braulick.
Jorden Niebuhr states, “It means a lot to me that someone donated the money so that kids like me that are just starting off their FFA journey get to experience it with an official FFA jacket of their very own.”
“The jacket is a symbol of tradition and pride for those who have worn the official FFA jacket. Many past members have sponsored jackets, but it’s not uncommon for individuals and companies to sponsor jackets because they appreciate what the organization does to develop young leaders,” says Val Aarsvold, Minnesota FFA Foundation Executive Director.
The Minnesota FFA Foundation partners with individuals and businesses to provide resources that promote and enhance premier leadership, personal growth and career success for Minnesota youth in Agricultural Education.