South Dakota FFA Foundation awards 332 blue jackets


To its owner, the FFA jacket is a physical reminder of the personal accomplishments achieved through the organization – a symbol of commitment and dedication for all who wear the corduroy. 

This fall 332 South Dakota FFA members from 63 chapters, will receive their own FFA jackets through the South Dakoa FFA Foundation Blue Jackets Bright Futures FFA Jacket Program – carrying forward that longstanding tradition of pride, dignity and honor. Jackets were sponsored by various individuals through the SD FFA Foundation program, welcoming new members into the fabric of FFA.  

FFA members filled out the Blue Jackets Bright Futures FFA Jacket Program application, answering four short essay questions about their FFA experience and goals, competing to earn their own FFA jacket instead of purchasing one.  

When students join the FFA, they typically purchase or borrow jackets to compete in the many Career Development Events offered through FFA. The jacket is their team “uniform” to be worn at all official FFA events. The blue corduroy FFA jacket has been the status symbol of the national FFA organization since 1933, when delegates to the national convention voted to make the jacket part of the organization’s official attire, thus creating the long standing tradition.

Individuals and businesses interested in sponsoring an FFA jacket for a SD FFA member should contact Gerri Ann Eide, SD FFA Foundation executive director at 605-765-4865 or [email protected] Sponsorships are $75 per jacket.

Local students get blue jackets

FFA members from the area who received blue jackets for 2019 are: 

Brookings chapter: Lynn Foster, Paige Foster, Lexus Bartling and Janine Warne

Deubrook chapter: Sage Koppatschek, ElleAnna Hansen, Liberty Wendinger and Carter Ekern

Elkton chapter: Sydney Boersma and Emily Robbins

Estelline chapter: Kylie Beare

Lake Preston chapter: Brodie Hoard, Jocelyn Steffensen, Jacob Tvinnereim and Gretta Larson

Rutland chapter: Jacob Jaton, Kadyn Gehrels, Ryan Sievers and Shayn DeVaney

Sioux Valley chapter: Ashley Bjerke and Hailey Larson

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