Kelly Walsh High School

Windy City Chapter Member Earns State FFA Degree

A member of the Windy City FFA Chapter has been selected to receive the 2013 Wyoming State FFA Degree by the Wyoming FFA Association. The program recognizes students’ accomplishments in their supervised agriculture experience program. Kelly Walsh High School Senior, Forrest Hendry joins 178 other Wyoming FFA members from 44 chapters to earn this degree.

“The Wyoming State FFA Degree is the highest degree the state association can bestow on its members,” explained State FFA Advisor 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.”
For students, earning the degree is an accomplishment they work toward with pride.

“I believe it is an honor to receive the State FFA Degree because it is the final culmination of all the hard work that one has put into their project over the course of several years,” said Taylor Smock, State FFA Sentinel. “It's a representation of all those hours out swathing hay, clipping steers, fixing fence or walking lambs. It's the thousands of dollars that you've invested.”

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 (SAE). These programs help solidify concepts learned in the classroom or through FFA experiences, and incorporate the student’s individual interests and goals. SAEs can include livestock production, agribusiness experience or placement in an agriculture business or company.

“The State FFA Degree recognizes a student’s growth in their chosen SAE. To receive the degree, a student must have earned and productively invested at least $4,000 or have worked at least 2000 hours in an ag-related business,” said Broda.

To be eligible for the award, each student participated in an interview with a member of the state FFA officer team to evaluate the student’s SAE program and chapter and community involvement. 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 at the Wyoming State FFA Convention, to be held April 8, 2013, in Cheyenne. Students will receive a gold State FFA Degree emblem pin and a certificate to commemorate their achievements.

“Less than 10 percent of FFA members receive the degree each year,” Broda says. “These students really are the cream of the crop.”

For more information, please contact Jessie Atkinson, FFA Advisor, at 307-267-6257.