The Goldendale FFA chapter of Goldendale, Wash., has been chosen as a finalist in two divisions to compete for a 2018 National Premier Chapter in the Growing Leaders and the Building Communities awards from the National FFA Organization.

The National Chapter Award Program recognizes outstanding FFA chapters from throughout the country that actively implement the mission and strategies of the organization. These chapters improve chapter operations using the National Quality FFA Chapter Standards and a Program of Activities that emphasizes growing leaders, building communities and strengthening agriculture.

Chapters eligible to compete for the National Premier Chapter finalists are those that demonstrate competency in doing innovative things or taking traditional concepts and applying a creative twist in their selected divisions of the chapter’s Program of Activities.

Goldendale was selected for their Women in Wind activity in the Growing Leaders division and their Economic Bingo activity in the Building Communities division. Ten 3-star chapters are selected as finalists for each of the Premier Chapter divisions and will compete through a presentation and interview process at the 2018 National FFA Convention & Expo Oct. 23-27 in Indianapolis.

The FFA chapters selected to receive the Premier Chapter awards will be announced on stage during convention. The winning FFA chapter will receive honors made possible by corporate sponsor John Deere.

Additionally, eighth-grade FFA members Nick Bowdish and Mackenzie Dahl were selected as Agriscience finalists. Nick Bowdish is a finalist in the individual Middle School Power, Structural, and Technical Systems category with his project, “The Effects of Mechanical Irrigation on Water Application Efficiency,” and Mackenzie Dahl is a finalist in the individual Middle School Environmental and Natural Resources Systems category with her project “Simple Life Saving Water Filters.”

Both finalists will present their projects to a panel of judges at the National FFA Agriscience Fair this fall in Indianapolis.

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