FFA Students Earn Their FFA Degrees
The Atwater FFA Chapter held its 38th
annual Greenhand - Chapter FFA Degree Ceremony earlier this month at
Atwater High School. The purpose of this annual event was to
recognize over 600 AHS agriculture students who earned their FFA
Greenhand and Chapter FFA degrees. As students advance in FFA and
their agricultural education, they can earn a series of “degrees”
that represent their accomplishments. Each FFA degree recognizes a
student’s progress in leadership, agricultural education, and their
supervised agricultural experience (SAE) program which represent(s)
an ownership and/or work experience project(s) in agriculture.
Over 350 students, family, and friends attended this special event.
Atwater FFA Chapter President, Callie Norton opened the meeting and
welcomed students, parents, and guests to the ceremony. In addition
to the presentation of the FFA degrees, the 2016-2017 FFA Greenhand
officer team was announced with Daisy Flores-Mota (President),
Michael Bray (Vice President), Marissa Nuno (Secretary), Ammanuel
Mejia (Treasurer), Litzy Saustigui (Reporter), Flor Agundis
(Sentinel), Lilia Garcia (Historian), and Colby Flatt
(Parliamentarian) elected to Greenhand office. A slide show of the
students who earned their degrees was presented along with a musical
slide show of the numerous FFA activities that students have taken
part in so far this year.
Two hundred and thirty six FFA Greenhand degrees were eligible to be
awarded with and a bronze pin to first year agriculture students.
Requirements of this degree include enrollment in an agriculture
class, plans for an SAE program or project, and knowledge and
understanding of the FFA organization. Two hundred seventy two FFA
Chapter Farmer degrees were eligible to be awarded with a silver pin
to second year agriculture students. Requirements for this degree
include being an FFA member for at least one year, being active in a
SAE program or project, involvement in group discussions and
parliamentary law, progress toward individual achievement in the FFA
awards program, and a satisfactory scholastic record.
The Atwater FFA advisors are committed to building a strong program
that gets students involved and providing them with opportunities
for scholastic achievement, personal growth, and career success.
Although not every student is planning to pursue an education and
career directly related to agriculture, the AHS Agriculture Program
and FFA provides students the opportunity to gain valuable skills
and experience that will benefit ANY educational path and career.
“We provide our students with opportunities to grow and develop
personally, academically, and professionally,” says FFA advisor
Natalie Borba, “We challenge our students to take advantage of those
opportunities and pursue their interests towards colleges,
universities, and a successful career.”
Atwater FFA Reporter