Atwater FFA Students Earn State’s Highest FFA Degree
Fifteen Atwater FFA students were presented with their State FFA Degree late last month during the Central Region State FFA Degree Ceremonies held at the Turlock Auditorium in Turlock. The FFA State Degree is the highest degree a student can earn at the state level and is only presented to a small percentage of the over 89,000 FFA membership. Requirements for the degree include a minimum of two years of agriculture course work and 24 months of active FFA membership, Supervised Agriculture Experience (SAE) project(s) earnings and investments of at least $1000 or at least 500 unpaid hours outside of class time, leadership activity involvement, active in school and agriculture activities, and carry a satisfactory scholastic record.
“The state degree represents the cream of the crop,” explains FFA advisor Shelby West. “Our program continues to grow with more students taking advantage of the opportunities agricultural education and FFA has to offer towards personal growth, premier leadership, and educational and career success.”
Atwater High School students who earned their FFA State Degree include Cassidy Kingston, Chelsea Thompson, Colby Flatt, Dakota Cook, Emmanuel Mejia, Faith Johnson, Grace Reyes, Hailey Burris, Haleigh Thomas, Janell Gonzalez, Karalynn Isham, Liliana Vargas, Michael Bray, Mikeal Duran, and Sarah Baird. Each student is prepared and is planning to attend either a community college or a major university to further their education towards their career interest.
Atwater High School senior Kyra Wright was also recognized with the sectional and regional Outstanding FFA Turfgrass Management and Landscape Management Proficiency Award. Kyra has developed and demonstrated specialized skills in these industry-related through her agriculture, FFA, and home project experience and will move onto the state finals against other regional state winners later this month in Anaheim.
For more information on the Atwater High School Agriculture Department and Atwater FFA, please log on the website www.AtwaterFFA.org .
Atwater High School Agriculture Department
PO Box 835 / 2201 Fruitland Ave
Atwater, CA 95301