The Ashland FFA chapter was one of two from the State of Virginia to receive the coveted “Gold Emblem” rating at the 28th National convention of the Future Farmers of America in Kansas City on Tuesday. The other State award in the National Chapter Contest went to the Brookville chapter of Campbell County.
Melvin Walsh, president of the Ashland Future Farmers, was present to receive the award for his chapter. A total of 57 FFA groups throughout the country received this award.
The Future Farmers of America have 8,868 local chapters in the 48 states, Hawaii and Puerto Rico, with a membership of 383,219 high school boys studying vocational agriculture.
Melvin Walsh, president of the local chapter, has been an outstanding member of the Ashland FFA for three years. He is also a member of the Monogram Club and a pitcher for the Henry Clay baseball teams. He is one of sixty boys from the State of Virginia attending the convention.
The trip was sponsored by the Ashland Kiwanis Club and the Ashland FFA