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Blue Jackets awarded to local FFA members

Perham FFA members to receive their Blue Jackets from the Minnesota FFA Foundation included from left to right: Seth Swenson, Aaron Loerntz, Dominic Gottwalt, Michelle Swyter, Grace Minten and James Minten. Submitted Photo

The Minnesota FFA Foundation recently announced the presentation of the official FFA jacket to members of the Perham FFA Chapter. Aaron Lorentz, Grace Minten, James Minten, Seth Swenson, Dominic Gottwalt and Michelle Swyter were selected to receive their own jacket.

As Minnesota FFA welcomes thousands of young people into membership, the Minnesota FFA Foundation has announced the recipients of the Blue Jacket Bright Futures program. The program provides sponsored FFA jackets to Minnesota youth who are starting their FFA career. This is the seventh year the Minnesota FFA Foundation has offered the program.

The Blue Jackets Bright Future program is a valuable program providing students with a personalized FFA jacket to support their FFA involvement and provides recipients with a sense of pride while giving them ownership of their FFA experiences, said Lavyne Rada, Minnesota FFA Association Leadership Development Coordinator.

"FFA plays an important role in developing agricultural and leadership skills in students while preparing them for their future careers," said Val Aarsvold, Minnesota FFA Foundation Executive Director. "The jacket is a symbol of tradition and pride for those who have worn the official FFA jacket. Many past members have sponsored jackets, but it's not uncommon for individuals and companies to sponsor jackets because they appreciate what the organization does to develop young leaders."

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