YUMA, Ariz. - One local high school is getting national recognition for their efforts with the Future Farmers of America (FFA) organization.
Gila Ridge High School (GRHS) sent two teams to Indianapolis, Indiana last month for a national competition.
Their milk quality and products team ranked 25th in the nation, receiving a bronze emblem. The agri-business team ranked 28th in the nation and received a silver emblem.
"FFA is the future leaders of America basically, so us being able to have the success we've had, being able to send kids to district competitions, state competitions, national competitions is amazing because we're giving those kids different avenues to careers to go down and figure out what they're interested in," Dani Duran, GRHS Ag and FFA advisor said.
Not only did the teams compete well, but GRHS also had one student, Madeleine Hayes participate in the FFA choir. She was also awarded a solo and sang in front of 63,000 people at the FFA nationals convention.
"Yuma is a farm town and I've always been interested in it, but it's been really cool to learn about the different opportunities and a lot of people don't know that there's a chorus ... so when I learned about that, my main interest is in music and I got to intertwine those and do both things I love," Hayes said.
FFA offers so much more than what most people expect as a farming based program.
"We're able to give kids the knowledge and information that they need to be successful so it's huge not only for Gila Ridge but for our community," Duran said.
Now, the GRHS FFA program gets ready to compete against other schools in the state of Arizona. State competitions start December 8.