OLYMPIA FIELDS, ILLINOIS – Rich Township High School signed their first official charter to
establish a new chapter of the Future Farmers of America (FFA).

Members of the Illinois FFA organization including State President Adam Loker and State Treasurer Kara Freebairn signed and presented the charter to RTHS administration and FFA students Thursday morning at the district’s STEM Campus.

“This is the very first FFA charter ceremony for the district,” said Rich Township FFA Advisor Piaget Felix. “Historically, we’ve had local members before but this is the first actual chapter. I’m excited for the great opportunities to come.”

RTHS Freshmen students Shelvea Burton and Miguel Dixon were also recognized and presented with their FFA jackets.

“I'm excited to use Agricultural Science towards my future business opportunities,” said Shelvea Burton.

“I think [RTHS’ FFA Chapter] will keep growing in the future,” added Miguel Dixon. “I'm excited to keep learning more about agriculture.” 

Illinois Agricultural Education Program Advisor, Luke Allen, also in attendance shared remarks about the significance of this event and the importance of offering students the opportunity to study food and agriculture.