WORTHINGTON - Six members of the Worthington FFA Chapter are sporting a new look as the recipients of their official blue corduroy jackets emblazoned with the FFA logo and gold lettering.

The teens - five freshmen and one sophomore - were the recipients of the official FFA attire through the Minnesota FFA Foundation’s Blue Jacket Bright Futures program. Sophomore Ethan Henderson and freshmen Kessey Aljets, Luke Gordon, Bailey Newman, Ashley Riley and Riley Widboom received the sponsored jackets.

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 an FFA jacket to support their FFA involvement,” said Lavyne Rada, Minnesota FFA Association Leadership Development Coordinator. “A personalized FFA jacket provides recipients with a sense of pride while giving them ownership of their FFA experiences. FFA plays an important role in developing agricultural and leadership skills in students while preparing them for their future careers.”

“The jacket is a symbol of tradition and pride for those who have worn the official FFA jacket,” added Val Aarsvold, Minnesota FFA Foundation Executive Director. “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.”

For more information about the Minnesota FFA Foundation’s Blue Jacket Bright Futures program, contact Program Coordinator, Amanda Sommers, at (507) 461-2214 or visit mnffafoundation.org.