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FFA: 2 Yantis students earn Lone Star Degrees, another selected for media staff

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Two Yantis students were recognized for earning the highest degree attainable in Future Farmers of America, another was selected as part of the convention news staff and eight others participated in the state FFA convention last week.


Dylan Beech and Shelby Young were awarded the Lone Star Degree at the 85th annual Texas FFA State Convention, held July 8-12 in Dallas.

The Lone Star Degree is the highest degree bestowed by Texas FFA, recognizing years of hard work, service and achievement as part of FFA. Recipients are students who have been active FFA members for at least two years, completed at least four semesters of agricultural science at or above the ninth grade level, maintained a supervised agricultural experience program, demonstrated leadership skills and showed a commitment to FFA through involvement at the chapter level and above.

Beech and Young were among more than 1,700 FFA members receiving the degree.

Yantis FFA member Molly Bell was one of only 15 FFA members from across the state selected to serve as a convention media staff, who puts out the Convention Chronicle and the Convention Report. 

The Convention Chronicle is the official newspaper of Texas FFA State Convention and is published during the week of the convention. Chronicle staff consist of editors, photographers, reporters and layout designers. The inaugural Convention Report newscast was also produced by the convention news staff.

Convention media staff begin their days at 7 a.m.  and work until well past midnight each day. The media staff’s tasks are deadline-specific and require great attention to detail. Each of the 15 media staff members was selected from a “comprehensive application process.” After being selected, they attended Camp Chronicle, a two-day training session to prepare them to successfully execute their tasks  at the state convention.

Also among the more than 11,000 members and guests attending the state convention last week were Yantis FFA members Breck Barrett, Anna Burgess, Katlin Davis, Taylor Hathcoat, Kelsey Haley, Tonya Ponder and Rusty Wilkey.

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. 

More than $2 million in scholarships were awarded to FFA members and more than 2,000 members were recognized on stage for their accomplishments.

FFA members also competed for state titles in public speaking and agriscience events. In the interest of premier leadership, personal growth and career success, Texas FFA Association also offered an opportunity for students to compete in the fourth annual Spanish Creed Speaking Invitational Event. The creed delivery and the five-minute question-answer period were conducted entirely in Spanish.

Texas FFA honored soldiers and all American military service personnel during the Fallen Hero Recognition Ceremony.

Texas FFA is the nation's largest state FFA association with a membership of more than 95,000 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.

— Compiled from information provided by Jessica Watkins, YISD agriculture teacher and Texas FFA Association.




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