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Multiple GRHS students receive State FFA Degrees

The Gila Ridge High School Agriculture department announced 18 students have received their State Future Farmers of America Degree.  

Students receiving the degree are: Jordan Baker, Tatum Bingham, Hailey Clinger, Annie Compton, Sarina Daley, Katie Kahlen, Dru Karvoski, Walker Mellon, Ian Merkley, Abigail Oliva, Kaleah Peet, Kelsie Russell, Elise Smart, Madison Szymanski, Nichole Turner, Hannah Walker, Rileigh Wilkinson, and Jaisyn Wolfe.

To be eligible to receive the degree from the state association, a member must meet the following list of minimum qualifications:

  • Have received the Chapter FFA Degree.
  • Have been an active FFA member for at least two years (24 months) at the time of receiving the State FFA Degree.
  • While in school, have completed the equivalent of at least two years (360 hours) of systematic school instruction in agricultural education at or above the ninth-grade level, which includes a supervised agricultural experience program.
  • Have earned and productively invested at least $1,000, or worked at least 300 hours in excess of scheduled class time, or a combination thereof, in a supervised agricultural experience (SAE) program.
  • Demonstrate leadership ability by: (A) performing 10 procedures of parliamentary law, (B) giving a six-minute speech on a topic relating to agriculture or FFA, (C) serving as an officer, committee chairperson or participating member of a chapter committee.
  • Have a satisfactory scholastic record as certified by the local agricultural education instructor and the principal or superintendent.
  • Have participated in the planning and completion of the chapter's Program of Activities.
  • Have participated in at least five different FFA activities above the chapter level.
  • Have participated in at least 25 hours of community service, within at least two different community service activities. These hours are in addition to and cannot be duplicated as paid or unpaid SAE hours.
James Kuzniak