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By: Hannah Chute, Caney Creek FFA
July 12, 2012

 
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Walking through a tunnel of brightly colored flags, recipients shake the hand of state officers and receive the golden charm of the Lone Star FFA degree.

To receive the Lone Star FFA degree candidates must have been enrolled in an agricultural education class for at least two years, log 200 hours and invest $200 in a Supervised Agriculture Experience project, and complete 25 community service hours.

Ashley Schoenemann of Yoakmum FFA began working on her market steer project back in seventh grade. “It was a lot of work,” she said. “I had to work every day,” explains Bryan Spurlock of Dilley FFA, who raises hogs as an SAE. Both candidates explained how they logged daily activities such as feeding and grooming. The golden charm isn’t earned just by working on an SAE; community service is a major requirement. Conor Clark of Texas City FFA recalls “Our chapter did Salvation Army bell ringing and Toys for Tots.”

All recipients agreed that record keeping was a major part of the application process. “Start early and work hard,” advises Clare Abrams, also of Texas City FFA.

Trevor Bosch of Weimar FFA agrees, “keep track of everything you do.”
 


















 
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