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Newton High FFA chapter receives national ranking

COVINGTON --The National FFA Organization recently selected from a pool of 660 candidates nationwide the Newton County FFA chapter of Covington as a two-star winner in the National FFA Chapter Award program.

Chapter members from Newton High School also were invited to attend the 2012 National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis where they were recognized for this honor.

The award program is sponsored by John Deere as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

"The Newton High FFA has a long-standing tradition of demonstrating excellence in agricultural education," said Craig Lockhart, principal of Newton High. "FFA takes its mission seriously and represents the school and community well. I am very proud of the efforts of this organization."

The National FFA Chapter Award program recognizes FFA chapters for developing and conducting a detailed program of activities. Each activity provides opportunities for FFA members to excel in one of three areas-student, chapter or community development. Every year, FFA chapters are recognized as having earned a one-two-or three-star rating on their application. The three-star rating is the highest level of accomplishment an FFA chapter may achieve.

The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 540,379 student members in grades seven through 12 who belong to one of 7,489 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.