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Today, Tuesday, October 9, the White House will recognize 12 members of FFA and 4-H as Champions of Change. For over 100 years, youth and adults involved in 4-H have worked together to create sustainable change in their communities. Since 1928, FFA members have lived by the motto “Learning to Do, Doing to Learn, Earning to Live, Living to Serve.” The individuals being honored today carry on the tradition of service to communities and country that 4-H and FFA represent.Among those honored:
These individuals have devoted their time and effort to their communities across the country and will have the opportunity to share their stories with Administration officials and 4-H and FFA members around the globe. The Champions of Change program was created to honor ordinary Americans doing great work in their communities. Each week, a different sector is highlighted and groups of Champions, ranging from educators to entrepreneurs to community leaders, are recognized for the work they are doing to serve and strengthen their communities.
Jessica Naugle Mcatamney is an agricultural educator at W.B. Saul High School of Agricultural Sciences in Philadelphia, PA. Jessica serves as FFA advisor to one the nation’s largest FFA chapters, assisting Saul’s fourteen agricultural educators to bring FFA alive to the urban Philadelphia chapter. As the Land Judging Career Development Event Coach and Agriscience Fair coordinator, Jessica facilitates the Chapter’s participation in local leadership events, competitions, and conferences. This is just one more chapter in Jessica’s story of public service, as she is a returned Peace Corps volunteer and a former participant in the Fulbright Japan-U.S. Teacher Exchange Program for Education for Sustainable Development.