The Stoughton FFA Alumni chapter was honored with two awards at the National FFA Alumni and FFA Convention last week in Indianapolis - one for an individual and one as a group.
John Arneson, a Stoughton FFA Alumni member, was awarded one of three National Outstanding Achievement Awards. The alumni chapter was awarded a Bronze Rating in the Outstanding Chapter Award.
Arneson joined the FFA in 1971 and was active in the local chapter and is the state FFA president. His efforts over the years to work with school administrators to help them understand the importance of a strong local agriculture education program, FFA chapter and classroom support have now expanded to decades.
Arneson has been a supporter and voice during many instructor transitions, administration changes and program challenges. He has been an active member of the local chapter working many shifts over the years in the food stand, attending local, state and national activities and meetings, participating in other fundraisers, judging and coaching speaking contests and serving as a chaperon for FFA activities. He has chaired the Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Council the past six years which focuses on the curriculum content of the agriculture education program the past six years. Arneson is a State and Life National Life Member and the only Stoughton FFA member to serve as a Wisconsin FFA state officer and state president.
The Stoughton FFA Alumni chapter had earned a gold rating at the Wisconsin convention in February and then advanced to national competition. That award is for overall chapter activities, fundraising, program support and FFA support efforts.
Wisconsin was ranked the top State Association in the nation for overall programming.
The convention had a record setting attendance with over 69,000 people. There was a guest performance by Garth Brooks and an address by President Donald Trump.