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Local FFA Member earn highest degree in state


March 14, 2019


Pine Bluffs High School FFA Members (seniors) Front row - left: Kelby Eastman, Bonner Borgman, Karla De La Cruz. Back row - left: Beau Scarborough, Doug Fornstrom, Wyatt Miles.

CHEYENNE- The Wyoming FFA Association has announced the recipients of the 2019 Wyoming State FFA Degree, the highest award the state can bestow on its members.

A total of 184 members representing 49 Wyoming FFA chapters earned the degree. These members will receive their degrees on April 12, 2019, as part of the Wyoming FFA Convention, held in Cheyenne each year.

"The State FFA Degree is awarded to FFA members who have demonstrated the highest level of commitment to FFA and made significant accomplishments in their supervised agriculture experiences or SAEs," explained State FFA Advisor Stacy Broda.

When students enroll in agriculture education and FFA, they select a hands-on program of work, known as a 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 animal production, agribusiness experience or placement in an agriculture business or company.

"The state degree is given to the top FFA members in the Wyoming FFA. Less than 10 percent of our members earn the degree each year, marking it as a significant accomplishment, "said Broda. "Each recipient has shown growth in their SAE as well as demonstrated leadership, scholastic achievement and participation in community service activities."

The Wyoming FFA Association is part of the National FFA Organization, formerly known as Future Farmers of America. This youth organization has more than half a million student members nationwide, and more than 3,000 members in 55 chapters in Wyoming. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.

Courtesy of Shelly Humphrey, Burns High School

Burns High School FFA Members seniors - Cassidy Wiebel,left, and Mackenzie Faircloth, right.

Receiving the 2019 Wyoming State Degree in the Pine Bluffs/Burns High Schools are: Mackenzie Faircloth, Burns; Cassidy Weibel, Burns; Bauner Borgman, Pine Bluffs; Karla De La Cruz, Pine Bluffs; Kelby Eastman, Pine Bluffs; Doug Fornstrom, Pine Bluffs. Wyatt Miles, Pine Bluffs Beau Scarborough, Pine Bluffs

"I am very proud of Cassidy Weibel and Mackenzie Faircloth for obtaining their State FFA Degrees. As the highest degree offered by the Wyoming FFA Association, the girls have had to meet several qualifications and have worked very hard the past six years to do so. As the only two seniors in our chapter this year, they have both played a vital role as leaders in our chapter, school, and community. In addition to their very active roles in our chapter, they also both have very strong and diversified Supervised Agricultural Experience Programs, a major component of earning the State FFA Degree. Congratulations to Cassidy and Mackenzie." stated Craig Spatz Burns High School FFA sponsor.


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