INDIANAPOLIS — The Yelm FFA Chapter in Washington has been named the 2016 National Model of Excellence Chapter Award winner at the 89th National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis.

All chapters that receive national three-star ratings are eligible to compete for the national Model of Excellence award.

Yelm FFA received a plaque in an onstage ceremony during the convention and expo’s second general session on Thursday. Top chapters were also selected from the middle school, student, chapter and community development divisions.

Yelm FFA was given a week by the Yelm High School administration to develop an event to distribute spirit materials for a “Pink Out” breast cancer awareness football game. Through the chapter’s efforts, 368 Yelm High School students received pink face paint, hair dye or spirit materials and together created a “sea of pink” to raise breast cancer awareness among students, parents and community members.

A s a result of the event, the chapter recruited six new FFA members who were inspired by the cause. This chapter also conducts other activities throughout the year, such as a leadership lock in, the McKenna Elementary Science Fair and a Hop for Hunger.

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

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