Eleven members of the Henrietta FFA chapter were awarded the Lone Star FFA Degree at the 84th annual Texas FFA Convention held July 9-13 in Corpus Christi.
The Lone Star FFA Degree is the highest degree bestowed by the Texas FFA. Chapter members were Kassidy Beeler, Katie Jo Blanscet, Ethan Cantrell, Parker Dunkerley, Connor Kirby, Braiden Obermier, Annelise Sauer, Riley Sizemore, Jessica Skinner, Brittany Taylor and Stefanie Wolf
The Lone Star FFA Degree recognizes FFA members who have received the Chapter degree, been active FFA members for at least two years, complete at least four semesters of agricultural science at or above the ninth grade level, maintain a Supervised Agricultural Experience program, demonstrate their leadership skills and show a commitment to the FFA through involvement at the chapter level and above.
Henrietta FFA members Josey Cleveland and Cassie Pickett represented the chapter as it was named as a gold-level chapter for the esteemed Golden Horizon award in the Multi-teacher division at the Convention.
The gold-level Golden Horizon award is the highest state rating to be bestowed upon a Texas FFA chapter. Golden Horizon award selection is based on exceptional chapter involvement and activities within the school and community.
The Golden Horizon award recognizes well-rounded chapter involvement that promotes maximum participation, in order to deliver all facets of the agricultural education program.
During the convention, Parker Dunkerley and Stefanie Wolf served as a Texas FFA Foundation Ambassador.
Dunkerley and Wolf were two of 45 FFA members chosen to serve as a Foundation Ambassador. The Foundation Ambassador program serves as the official liaison to sponsors, special guests and dignitaries on behalf of the Texas FFA during the annual Texas FFA Convention.
Ambassadors applied through a competitive application process, and once selected they received an extensive two-day training specifically focusing on donor relations, personal skills development and professional networking. Foundation Ambassadors studied the history of the Texas FFA Association, Texas FFA Foundation and the records of sponsors’ commitments to agricultural education and the Texas FFA.
Many Ambassadors were matched up with representatives from the Texas FFA Foundation’s corporate sponsors and individual donors while others assisted in the logistics of the annual VIP Breakfast or helped organize sponsors’ availability for stage appearances during convention general sessions.
Henrietta’s individual award winner was Kolton Beeler as he was recognized as the State Star Greenhand finalist in ag production.
FFA Stars are chosen based on the most outstanding Supervised Agriculture Experience Program within their respective degree and category. Winners maintain a comprehensive record keeping system to help justify and explain their Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) project.
The 84th annual Texas FFA Convention recorded more than 10,000 members and guests. Members of the agricultural youth leadership organization spent the week attending leadership workshops, participating in events and activities, being recognized for their achievements and serving as the legislative body for the Texas FFA Association.
The Texas FFA has evolved from an organization focusing primarily on production agriculture, to a broader-based, encompassing organization that addresses the needs and interests of students in urban and suburban schools in addition to the rural communities from which FFA rose in 1929.
The Texas FFA is the nation’s largest state FFA associations with a membership of more than 86,000 and more than 1,000 local FFA chapters. FFA gives students the opportunity to apply practical classroom knowledge to real world experiences through local, state and national competitions. For more information about the Texas FFA Association, visit www.texasffa.org.