Two Armstrong FFA Chapter members recently interviewed and will receive their Illinois State FFA Degree at the Illinois FFA State Convention in June of 2012. Members Shayla Boen and Josiah Hesterberg will receive the honor this year. Josiah was also picked as this year’s Section 18 Star Farmer, adn will compete at the District level in Charleston IL. on March 14th.
The State FFA Degree is given to the top members of a State FFA Association. To receive a State FFA Degree, members must meet the following requirements: Previously received a Chapter FFA Degree. The student has been an active FFA member for at least two years (24 months) at the time of receiving the State FFA Degree. Have completed at least 2 years (360 hours) of systematic school instruction in agricultural education at our above the ninth grade level, which includes an SAE. Have earned and productively invested at least id=mce_marker,500, or have worked at least 750 hours outside of schedule class time through an SAE. Demonstrated leadership ability by performing 10 parliamentary law procedures, giving a six-minute speech on a topic relating to agriculture or FFA, and serving as an FFA officer, committee chairperson, or committee member. Have a satisfactory academic record, certified by the agriculture teacher and the school principal or superintendent. Each student participated in the planning and implementation of the chapter’s Program of Activities. Participated in at least five different FFA activities above the chapter level. Complete at least 25 hours of community service in a minimum of two different activities. All community service hours are cumulative, i.e. the 10 community service hours used to obtain the chapter degree can be used toward the state degree.