S&S FFA Members Take Top Honors

The following is a news release from the Sadler/Southmayd FFA chapter:

S&S FFA Chapter Receives Top Honors and Members were awarded $35,000 in scholarships at the Texas FFA Convention

Sadler - Members from the S&S Consolidated FFA Chapter attended the 78th Annual Texas FFA Convention in Fort Worth, Texas, July 11-14. S&S Consolidated FFA members who attended the convention are as follows: Cody Boren, Colton Broom, Blake Brown, Kaci Culp, Allison Fisher, Jeffery Hill, Ben Johnson, Jake Jones, Robbie Krueger, Seth Langford, Cory Larson, Crystal Martin, Jeremiah Miller, Taylor Owens, Amanda Richardson, Martha Roberts and Shawn Sutton. The following Friends of the S&S FFA Alumni attended the convention: Craig Broom, Gina Broom, Corgie Fisher and Kelley Fisher.

The theme for this year’s convention was Fueled by Passion. For 77 years, FFA members have accomplished their dreams and been successful through the FFA. This year was no different. Members of the agricultural youth leadership organization spent the week attending leadership workshops, participating in events and activities, being recognized for their achievements and serving as the legislative body for the Texas FFA Association. Throughout the week, a new attendance record was set 9,204 members and guests registered at the convention and approximately $2 million in scholarships were awarded.. The Texas FFA is one of the nation’s largest state FFA association with a membership of more than 61,000 and approximately 970 FFA chapters. Texas Governor Rick Perry brought remarks during the convention on Thursday, July 13, and country music artist Jack Ingram performed for FFA members Tuesday, July 11.

The S&S Consolidated FFA was named as a gold-level superior chapter for the esteemed Golden Horizon Award. The gold-level Golden Horizon Award is the highest state rating to be bestowed upon a Texas FFA chapter. Golden Horizon Award selection is based on exceptional chapter involvement and activities within the school and local community. The S&S Consolidated FFA Chapter also received the prestigious Gold Emblem rating of the National Chapter Rating Award at the 78th Annual Texas FFA Convention held July 11-14, 2006, in Fort Worth, Texas. The Gold Emblem rating is only bestowed upon the top 10% of FFA chapters in Texas. Gold Emblem FFA chapters advance to the national level to be judged for the National FFA Chapter Rating. The S&S Consolidated FFA Chapter ranked 26th out of 970 chapters in the Texas FFA Association and qualified for National FFA recognition and will receive on-stage honors at the 79th National FFA Convention on October 23rd-28th in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Rachell Davis, Allison Fisher, Van Garrison, Robbie Krueger, Laura Medaris, Martha Roberts and Brittany Townsend, of the S&S Consolidated FFA Chapter, were awarded the Lone Star FFA Degree The Lone Star FFA Degree is the highest degree bestowed by the Texas FFA Association. The Lone Star FFA Degree recognizes the members’ agricultural awareness, leadership development, career development and active involvement in the FFA organization. Davis, Fisher, Garrison, Krueger, Medaris, Roberts and Townsend were of approximately 1,300 Texas FFA members receiving this esteemed recognition. Less than 3% of FFA members receive and/or qualify for their Lone Star FFA Degree.

Amanda Richardson of the S&S Consolidated FFA chapter was named State Star Greenhand Placement of Texas and received a $1,000 scholarship. Amanda placed first at Chapter, District and Area competitions to advance to the State level. The Star Greenhand award is awarded to the top first year agricultural science student from the state of Texas. Cody Boren was a State Star Finalist in Star Greenhand in Agribusiness. Both Richardson and Boren were recognized on-stage during the State Convention for their efforts. Star Awards are given at each degree level in four categories: Placement, Production, Agribusiness and Agriscience. FFA Stars are chosen based on the most outstanding Supervised Agriculture Experience Program within their respective degree and category. Winners maintain a comprehensive record keeping system to help justify and explain their SAE project.

Thanks to the generosity of numerous scholarship donors, the Texas FFA awards scholarships to over 100 outstanding FFA members that are graduating seniors. These scholarships are awarded based on academic and FFA achievements as well as the member's performance in an interview process. Members must submit an application and go through an interview process at the area level in order to be selected for Texas FFA scholarships. Each area association submits scholarship finalists to the state scholarship committee for final scholarship application review and interview. S&S FFA members Crystal Martin and Kaci Culp both received a Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo $12,000 Scholarship. Martha Roberts received a Dick Wallrath $10,000 Scholarship.

Seth Langford, Cory Larson and Miller selected by the Texas FFA to be courtesy corps representatives. Langford, Larson and Miller worked many sessions and answered questions to parents, members and guests about the FFA and the Convention.

FFA programs teach skills in leadership, career development and personal growth. FFA gives students the opportunity to practically apply classroom knowledge to real-world experiences through local, state and national competitions. The Texas FFA has evolved from an organization focusing primarily on production agriculture, to a broader-based encompassing organization that addresses the needs and interests of students in urban and suburban schools in addition to the rural communities from which FFA rose in 1929. For more information about the Texas FFA Association visit www.texasffa.org.