The Marshall High School FFA chapter found out on Friday, Aug. 17, they had been selected Marshall as a National Models of Excellence finalist.
"We are just super ecstatic," said Jason Price, one of the Marshall's FFA advisors.
Only 10 FFA chapters in the United States -- from among 7,489 chapters -- were selected for the designation.
The national award is based on student, chapter and community activities, Price said.
After being selected as the Missouri FFA top chapter last spring, Marshall's application was automatically forwarded to the national committee for consideration.
"You fill out the application and you hope to be a three-star chapter, but you never know how the grading system will go out there," said Price. "Every year is different."
The next step is to prepare a presentation for the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Ind. set for Oct. 24-27. Those presentations will be judged to choose the nation's top chapter, Price said.
"We are very proud of our FFA organization and our students," said Marshall Superintendent Ryan Huff. "The administration, faculty, staff and students have worked very hard to achieve at this level. We look forward to further accomplishments by the FFA organization."
Last week the FFA organization, also announced Marshall and the Sweet Springs FFA Chapter will be receiving Three-Star chapters awards at the national convention.
Randy Plattner and Callie Dobbins are the other two Marshall FFA advisors.