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Albion awarded $500 for FFA blue jackets

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 11 October 2013 at 12:00 am

Photo by Tom Rivers – The Albion FFA was awarded $500 from Growmark in Knowlesville, and one FFA student, ninth-grader Vivian Rivers, received a new blue FFA jacket after being selected for the “Blue Jacket” award by Club President Sara Millspaugh and FFA advisors Adam Krenning and Cathy Schmitt. Millspaugh, left, and Rivers are pictured with Growmark salesman Kirk Zinkievich.

ALBION – FFA students in Albion received some help in looking their best after a $500 donation from Growmark in Knowlesville. The money will help students pay for the iconic blue corduroy jackets, as well as ties for competitions and events.

In addition to the $500, Growmark bought a jacket for an underclassman in the FFA program. Vivian Rivers served as president of the junior high FFA last year. She was in the middle school program for three years before joining the high school FFA this year.

“She’s done a lot for our program,” Adam Krenning, FFA advisor, said about Vivian.

Albion hosted the state convention last May, and Vivian put in many hours helping to prepare for the event. She has also assisted with other fund-raisers and events, including the annual citrus sale.

Krenning, junior high FFA advisor Kathy Schmitt and Sara Millspaugh, the FFA president, picked Rivers to receive the jacket.

Vivian is taking an agriculture class this year. She said she enjoys learning about food production. The FFA has been a way to make new friends.

“State Convention was fun,” she said. “You meet a lot of interesting people.”

(Editor’s note: Tom Rivers is Vivian’s proud father.)