The Minnesota FFA Foundation is pleased to announce the presentation of the official FFA jacket to members of the Sleepy Eye FFA Chapter. Four members were selected by the MN FFA Foundation to receive their own FFA jackets. They include: Eric Riederer, Sabrina Portner, Neici Barnes and Matt Miller.
The Sleepy Eye Ag. Program Booster Club also sponsored FFA jackets to new members or members who do not have their own jacket. They sponsored 13 students including: Josie Schieffert, Natalie Stevens, Jeni Kotten, Becca Rosenhammer, Kaylee Hillmer, Danny Fischer, Austin Fischer, Kalyn Haas, Jacob Rossbach, David Jasso, Harley Braun and Natalie Konopka.
As FFA welcomes thousands of young people into membership, the Minnesota FFA Foundation and Sleepy Eye Ag Program Booster Club have 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 fourth year that the program has been offered.
“This program is valuable as it provides students with a jacket for their FFA involvement. Having a jacket provides a real sense of pride,” states Minnesota FFA’s Leadership Development Coordinator, Leah Addington. “FFA plays an important role in the development of leaders who serve their local school and the agricultural community as a whole.”
Josie Schieffert, member of the Sleepy Eye FFA, stated, “I can’t wait to wear my new jacket! It has my name on it and I will wear it with pride for the State Creed Competition.”
“Now that I won a new FFA jacket, I won’t have to come up with my own money to pay for one. I really appreciate the Booster Club sponsoring these jackets!” said Natalie Stevens.
“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.