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Lincoln Middle School FFA Chapter Named One of the Five Most Outstanding Middle School FFA Chapters in the Nation

Manatee County School District

Lincoln Middle School FFA students work on a project named 'Composting for the Future' designed to teach students and faculty about the role of composting to reduce landfill waste, create nutrient-dense plant foods and reduce synthetic fertilizer use which contributes to water pollution in the Tampa Bay area.

The Lincoln Middle School Chapter of the Future Farmers of America (FFA) has been selected by the National FFA organization as one of the five finalists for the "Outstanding Middle School Chapter" in the country for 2013. Under the leadership of Lincoln Middle School Academy of Agriscience Instructor Kimberley Lough, the Lincoln Middle School FFA will be recognized at the National FFA Convention and Expo in Louisville, Kentucky, October 30 - November 2, 2013, where it will compete to be named the nation's most outstanding middle school FFA Chapter.

The National Chapter Award program recognizes FFA chapters that successfully complete an annual Program of Activities designed to encourage members to grow as individuals, to work as part of a team and to serve others. The Lincoln Middle FFA chapter was chosen as one of "Florida's Finest" chapters and honored during the Florida FFA State Convention in June making Lincoln Middle eligible for the national award.

Each of the five outstanding middle school chapters will present a 10-minute presentation that will include an introduction of the members, the chapter and a brief overview of the chapter's activities. The presentations will be judged and a winner of the "Outstanding Chapter for 2013" will be named.

The other four outstanding middle school FFA chapters recognized along with Lincoln Middle include Chatham Middle School in Virginia, Signal Knob Middle School in Virginia, Tomlin Middle School in Florida and South Sumter Middle School in Florida.