WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the White House recognized 12 members of Future Farmers of America (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 that tradition of service to communities and country. They have devoted their time and effort to their communities 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, groups of Champions, ranging from educators to entrepreneurs to community leaders, are recognized for their service.

“The members of 4-H and FFA are shining examples of the positive change young Americans are bringing across the country, said Jon Carson, Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of the Office of Public Engagement. “Today we are not only celebrating the work of students having an impact on their communities, but we’re also honoring the mentors and teachers who are fostering these leadership skills.”   

The honorees include:

Ridge Howell, Checotah, Oklahoma

Jessica McAtamney, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Jacob Dickey, Champaign, Illinois

Neeta Patel, Princeton, New Jersey

Bill Jimmerson, Bozeman, Montana 

Kaydn Ence, Saint George, Utah

Jordan Paine, Oxford, Nebraska

Chamonix Mejia, Laredo, Texas

Samuel Roberson, Prairie View, Texas 

Andrea Kneer-Rice, Frederick County, Maryland 

Pete Dreisbach, Hardinsburg, Kentucky

To learn more about these FFA and 4-H members, and the Champions of Change program in general, visit WhiteHouse.gov/Champions.