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Pontiac FFA Squad Celebrates A National Title

PONTIAC - Ten years ago, Pontiac didn't even have an FFA chapter. Now, they're the national champions and have the hardware to prove it.
PONTIAC - Ten years ago, Pontiac didn't even have an FFA chapter. Now, they're the national champions and have the hardware to prove it.

"I can't tell you how many hours I spent down in that ag shop, working on stuff, and these people too, all my classmates, they put in a lot of hours," said Zac Dunham, a senior at Pontiac.

Before this rally of support, there were years of hard work for these Pontiac high schoolers. Last week, they headed to Louisville, Ky., to make a presentation for the national title, before a crowd of thousands.

"Looking at a crowd like that, it's nerve-racking but then, honoring because you have made it to this point," said Abby Jacobs, a senior.

"And we've got about 7,600 FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. How do you set a goal to be the top in the nation I guess," said Jesse Faber, an advisor for the FFA chapter in Pontiac.

And after hours of fine tuning, "That moment of truth came when they presented on Wednesday,” said Dunham. “They came out of it, like, we crushed it.”

Then, the team waited for the results.

"Then they said, 'Pontiac'. All of us were on our feet, yelling, screaming, crying, all of the emotions just coming out," said Dunham.

This team has embraced the challenges of a changing FFA world, where community development, health and wellness are at the forefront.

"I really don't think that we're going to have a problem defending it. It's a challenge and we've definitely set high standards for ourselves, but I think that's what's going to get us further," said Amy Wyant, a junior.

And that hero's welcome doesn't hurt the drive to repeat.

"We hope we can continue the tradition and we hope that we've inspired other people and teams within the school to go above and beyond and become the best they can be," said Jacobs.

And there's no real off-season for these FFAers. Many of them are back in activities already this week, getting ready for next year.

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