Sidney FFA senior gets big honor, Jeep


COLUMBUS — Sidney senior Alex Lamma was among 12 Ohio FFA students recognized on May 8 at the state convention at the Ohio Expo Center for being selected to Sunrise Cooperative, Inc.’s RISE FFA Career Program.

Lamma will join Sunrise in a full-time position and earned a pickup truck as a signing bonus.

Following graduation, Lamma and the other 11 students will join Sunrise and work their way through its program, otherwise referred to as Sunrise University. Over the next four years, the new hires will gain hands-on, real-life job experiences, while learning all facets of the cooperative.

In addition to full-time employment, Lamma was selected as the top recipient and will receive a 2023 Jeep Gladiator (which 2023-2024 Ohio FFA President Luke Jennings drove during his tenure) as a signing bonus. Along with his top honor, he earned a $1,000 donation from Sunrise to Sidney’s FFA chapter.

Candidates for the RISE FFA Career Program needed to be a 2024 high school graduate and active with their FFA chapter. They had to submit an application, along with an essay on how the FFA has prepared them for a career with Sunrise. The Ohio FFA Foundation reviewed and interviewed the applicants and made the selection of the recipients for a full-time position with Sunrise upon graduation.

The RISE FFA Career Program was developed in 2019; it aims to provide an avenue to reach the future leaders of agriculture while supporting the Ohio FFA Association State President during their term in office.

The application process for the 2025 program will open in the fall. Any questions can be sent to Morgan Niedermier, Vice President of Marketing, at 419-332-6468 ext. 222 or through email at [email protected].

For more information on the Sunrise RISE FFA Career Program, visit the Sunrise website at or the Ohio FFA website at

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