Orion FFA?received several awards at the 84th annual Illinois FFA Convention held from Tuesday, June 12, through Thursday, June 14, 2012, at the Prairie Capital Convention Center, Springfield.
More than 3,500 Illinois FFA members and guests attended the three day convention.
The chapter was one of 34 receiving the National Chapter Gold Emblem Award, which recognizes chapters with outstanding activities for the past year. The Gold Emblem is the highest rank a chapter can receive in the state.
Orion FFA also was one of 25 chapters recognized as section winners of the Community Development Award. The Orion FFA?members won in Section 3 award for outstanding community activities.
Bobby DeBaillie of Orion FFA was one of 25 individuals who received a Gold Certificate for the Chapter President's Award.
Sponsored by the Illinois Farm Bureau Young Leaders, the award goes to individuals who have done an outstanding job during their year as a chapter president.
Orion FFA received the $1,000 Club Award for collecting at least $1,000 during the annual Illinois Foundation FFA’s fundraising drive. The foundation, which has just completed its 64th year of supporting FFA, relies on local fund drives.
Only seven chapters were recognized for 10-year 100-percent membership, and Orion was one of the seven.
To qualify for the award, the chapter had to receive the FFA Century Challenge Award for ten years. The award recognizes chapters that have FFA membership equal to 100 percent of the total enrollment in ag education classes.
Orion FFA’s Taylor Stock was one of 44 students making up the Illinois FFA Band directed by Kayla Spangler.
Stock and the other musicians arrived early on Tuesday, the first day of the convention, to organize the band and practice.
The band added to the pageantry and spirit of the convention.