By: Jaylin Elder, Contributing Writer
This fall several FFA students earned Greenhand and Chapter awards during a ceremony in the CHS cafeteria.
Students receiving the Chapter FFA degrees included Baylee Beard, Nick Belshe, Claire Bennett, Emory Biggs, Caleb Brinkman, Noah Brooks, Ian Buckman, Kallie Campbell, Grant Erisman, Jacob Fashing, Rachel Haskell, Abby Hoek, Michael Knight, Emma Romine, Willow Sanders, Zach Schnarre, Gillian Smith, Josie Specker, Kelby Stevens and Annamarie Stone.
To earn a Chapter degree, students must have completed at least 180 hours of systematic school instruction in agricultural education at or above the ninth grade level, have in operation an approved Supervised Agricultural Education program and be enrolled in an agricultural education course. They must have participated in the planning and conducting of at least three official functions in the Program of Activities. Students must also have enrolled and productively invested at least $150.00 by the member’s own efforts or worked at least 45 hours in excess of scheduled class time, or a combination thereof, and have developed plans for continued growth and improvement in a Supervised Agricultural Experience program. They must have effectively led a group discussion for 15 minutes, demonstrate five procedures of parliamentary law, show progress toward individual achievements in the FFA award program, have an exceptional scholastic record and submit a written application for the Chapter FFA Degree.
The students who received Greenhand FFA degrees are Holly Beckfield, Ellie Berendezen, Jackson Bruce, Tanner Dutton, Seth Hasecamp, Collin Haskell, Lauren Lafferty, Austin Mechlin, Bannon Moran, Malaina Munoz, Austin Orth, Jenny Petree, Carter Pierce, Mason Presley, Caleb Rackley, Bethany Rhoades, Logan Roberts, Annie Robinson, Jack Romine, Jesse Shannon, Brayden Shelton, ReaLee Smith, Troy Smith, Hannah Stone, Nathan Timpe and Kyden Wilkerson.
To earn a Greenhand degree, students must have enrolled in an agricultural education program and have satisfactory plans for a Supervised Agricultural Experience(SAE), learn and explain the FFA Creed, FFA Mission and Motto, and FFA salute, describe and explain the meaning of the FFA emblem and FFA colors, demonstrate an understanding of the FFA Code of Ethics and the proper use of the FFA jacket, demonstrate an understanding of the history of the organization, the chapter constitution and bylaws and the chapter Program of Activities, own or have access to the Official FFA Manual and the Official FFA Student Handbook, and submit a written application for the Greenhand FFA Degree.
Willow Sanders, a participating student in FFA, earned the chapter award. She said she earned this award by showing up to the meetings every time and getting involved with many activities. She also participated in horse judging contests.
Scott Stone, FFA advisor, said, “The Degree ceremony is designed to reward students who are progressing in the FFA. It is also a way to highlight the accomplishments of members.”