10 Saltillo FFA students attend state meet; Goldsmith and Garmon earn Lone Star Degree

From Staff Reports

July 21, 2008 - Saltillo High School was represented at the 80th Annual Texas FFA Convention held in Lubbock last week. Of the 10 students attending, two members of the Saltillo FFA Chapter were presented with the illustrious Texas FFA Lone Star Degree.

Nolan Garmon and Bobby Goldsmith on Tuesday, July 15, were presented awards by State FFA President Justin Self recognizing them for achieving the highest state level of accomplishment.

In order to achieve the Lone Star Degree applicants must have earned the greenhand and chapter degrees, completed four semesters of instruction in agricultural science, completed 10 FFA activities above the chapter level, show documentation of 200 hours or more of unpaid activities and must have earned a minimum of at least $200 for their efforts. Both Nolan Garmon and Bobby Goldsmith earned the Texas Lone Star Degree, the highest degree offered at the state level. The degree applications were checked for correctness at the district, area and state level degree checks, according to Saltillo FFA advisor Michael Teague.

Both Bobby and Nolan have beef cattle in there record book for their projects. They are also chapter officers and were on the Senior Skills Team and on the Ag. Mech. Judging Contest, Teague noted.

Journeying to Lubbock and participating in the state convention July 14-18 along with Nolan Garmon and Bobby Goldsmith, were Saltillo FFA Chapter members Anthony Harris, Colton Smith, Cody Parris, Cara Geerts, Shayna Floyd, Emily White, Kimber Thompson and Kirsten McLane.

"This year going in I told the greenhand skills team, 'three 9th grade girls,' that if they placed at the state leadership contest, I would take them to the state convention. I told the ag. mechanics team, '5 upper classmen boys,' that if they placed at the state judging contest, I would take them to the state convention. I told the chapter office team that if they did a great job and accomplished certain goals, that I would take them," Teague said, noting the students' accomplishments which resulted in the 10 FFA students going to the state convention.

The FFA ag mechanics team consisting of Bobby Goldsmith, Cody Parris, Steven Mobley, Nolan Garmon and Anthony Harris was lauded in April for earning second at the area elimination event and 10th in the state judging contest.

The Saltillo FFA Chapter 0698 was chartered in November 1949.

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