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Wyoming FFA announces 2013 state degree recipients

Apr 12, 2013 - From staff reports

The Wyoming FFA Association has announced the recipients of the 2013 Wyoming State FFA Degree. The program recognizes students' accomplishments in their supervised agriculture experience program.

"The Wyoming State FFA Degree is the highest degree the state association can bestow on its members," said state FFA adviser Stacy Broda. "These students have demonstrated leadership skills, scholastic achievement and a desire to serve the community. In addition, they've met certain benchmarks in their FFA and agriculture education careers, truly setting them apart from their peers."

Twelve Fremont County students were among the 179 statewide to earn the Wyoming State FFA degree this year. Students from Lander FFA include George Case, Austin Coppock, Noah Lowham and Tyson Sollars. Six Riverton FFA students earned their degree, and they include Dallin Cooper, Amber Erhart, Emma Herbst, Haylee Lavoie, Kevan Root and Sierra Sanders. Shoshoni FFA member Kaylee Jo Fegler and Wind River FFA member Ryan Weliever also earned their FFA degrees.

According to Broda, when students enroll in agriculture education and FFA, they select a hands-on program of work, known as a supervised agriculture experience program. These programs help solidify concepts learned in the classroom or through FFA experiences and incorporate the student's individual interests and goals.

For students, earning the degree is an accomplishment they work toward with pride.

SAEs can include livestock production, agribusiness experience or placement in an agriculture business or company.

According to state FFA vice president Jessica Pingetzer, students receive many benefits from participating in an SAE.

"Responsibility is a huge benefit that I learned in mine, and I know that other students have learned responsibility in their SAE projects," Pingetzer said. "These projects teach students reliability, general knowledge and prepare them for any career."

To receive the degree, a student must have earned and productively invested at least $1,000 or have worked at least 300 hours in an ag-related business. Other requirements include receiving the chapter FFA degree, delivering a six-minute speech, serving as a chapter FFA officer or committee member, having a satisfactory academic record and completing at least 25 hours of community service.

Degree recipients will be recognized in a special ceremony April 8 at the Wyoming State FFA Convention in Cheyenne. This year's list of degree recipients includes 179 students from 44 chapters across the state.

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