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11 Henrietta FFA members attend convention, six earn state degree



Eleven members of the Henrietta chapter attended the 86th annual Texas FFA Convention July 14-18 in Fort Worth, receiving honors and scholarships for their work in the leadership organization.

Henrietta delegates Makenzie White, Keaton Davis, Josey Cleveland, Luke Brock, Kolton Beeler and Macey Baber earned the Lone Star Degree, the highest degree the state FFA can bestow on its members.

To be eligible for the State FFA Degree, members must meet specific requirements related to community involvement, agricultural awareness, leadership abilities, career development and active involvement in the FFA organization.

In addition to receiving the State Degree, Kolton Beeler was honored as one of 10 state finalists for Texas FFA’s Star – Lone Star Award in Production.

The FFA association uses Star awards to recognize individuals that maintain an outstanding Supervised Agricultural Experiences Program within their degree level. Beeler’s SAE’s include market goats, breeding goats, developing beef heifers and a small cow/calf production herd. He has also been extremely active in livestock evaluation competitions, school service projects and numerous leadership events.

Baber served as one of 50 Texas FFA Foundation Ambassadors during the convention.

The 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 went through a competitive application process, and once selected they received an extensive two-day training specifically focused 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.

Also attending as delegates were Conner Chambers, Josey Cleveland, Lindsey Crafton, Laramie Dunn, Kayla Francisco and Mikayla Graham.

Klayton Hoff of the Henrietta FFA Chapter was awarded a $2,000 scholarship sponsored by Farm Credit Bank of Texas  during the Convention.

Hoff was awarded for his qualifications in academic achievement, leadership, SAE, FFA involvement, financial need and personal interview. This coming fall semester he will be attending Tarleton State University in Stephenville as an Agribusiness major.

During the annual convention, more than $2 million in scholarships were awarded and more than 2,500 students were recognized on stage for their accomplishments at the state level.

Skee Burkes, Wyatt Crawford and Rody Fenoglio of the Henrietta FFA chapter, preformed in the Texas FFA talent show during “Fun Night” at the 86th annual Texas FFA State Convention.

The talent show is another way the Texas FFA spotlights the diverse talents of its members throughout the state.

To qualify for the state performance, Burkes, Crawford and Fenoglio advanced through one of 57 district competitions in the state and finished as an area winner.

The 86th annual Texas FFA State Convention recorded more than 11,000 members and guests, making it the largest in the nation. 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 organization is dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.

The Texas FFA is the nation’s largest state FFA association with a membership of more than 104,000 members and 1,045 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 Henrietta FFA or Texas FFA visit www.henrietta.ffanow.org or mytexasffa.org. 



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