unnamedStudents of the Prairiland FFA Chapter Received Lone Star FFA Degree

Pictured from L to R: Beth Ann Dougherty, Kimberlee Allison, Madison Oats, Vivian McFadden, Carsyn Fernandez, Madison Story, Wes Woodard, Cole Wright, Garrett Clark and Allen Elliott

unnamedKimberlee Allison, Madison Oats, Beth Ann Dougherty, Garrett Clark, Maddie Gooding and Abbie Gooding, all of the Prairiland FFA Chapter, were awarded the Lone Star FFA Degree in at the 88th annual Texas FFA Convention in Dallas, Texas. The Lone Star FFA Degree is the highest degree bestowed by the Texas FFA.  (not pictured Abbie and Maddie Gooding)

The Lone Star FFA Degree recognizes FFA members who have received the Chapter degree, been active FFA members for at least two years, completed at least four semesters of agricultural science at or above the ninth grade level, maintained a supervised agricultural experience (SAE) program, demonstrated their leadership skills, and have shown a commitment to the FFA through involvement at the chapter level and above. These students were among more than 2,500 FFA members to receive this esteemed degree.

Prairiland FFA Member Places 4th in Texas FFA Agriscience Fair 

unnamedBeth Ann Dougherty, of the Prairiland FFA Chapter, placed 4th in the Texas FFA Agriscience Fair at the 88th annual Texas FFA State Convention held July 11-15 in Dallas.

Dougherty participated in the Social Systems category. The Agriscience Fair fuses the traditional science fair with agriculture. FFA members conduct cutting edge agricultural research to compete in categories such as biochemistry and microbiology, environmental science, zoology, botany and engineering.

The Agriscience Fair was made possible by the Exxon Mobil Corporation. State award winners in each category will receive a $1,000 scholarship from the Richard Wallrath Education Foundation.

Beth Ann Dougherty of the Prairiland FFA Chapter Serves as Foundation Ambassador

Beth Ann Dougherty, of the Prairiland FFA Chapter served as a Texas FFA Foundation Ambassador at the 88th annual Texas FFA State Convention held July 11-15 in Dallas.

Dougherty was one of 50 FFA members selected to serve as a Foundation Ambassador. The Foundation Ambassador program serves as the official liaison to sponsors, special guests and dignitaries on behalf of the Texas FFA during the annual Texas FFA Convention.

Ambassadors went through a competitive application process, and once selected, they received an extensive two-day training specifically focused on donor relations, personal skills development and professional networking. Foundation Ambassadors studied the history of the Texas FFA Association, Texas FFA Foundation and the records of sponsors’ commitments to agricultural education and the Texas FFA.

Many Ambassadors were matched up with representatives from the Texas FFA Foundation’s corporate sponsors and individual donors, while others assisted in the logistics of the annual VIP Breakfast or helped organize sponsors’ availability for stage appearances during convention general sessions.

During the annual convention, more than $2 million in scholarships were awarded and more than 2,500 students were recognized on stage for their accomplishments at the state level.

Garrett Clark of Prairiland FFA is Texas FFA Star Award Finalist

unnamedGarrett Clark, of the Prairiland FFA Chapter, was a finalist in the Star Lone Star in the Production category. Star award finalists were recognized at the 88th annual Texas FFA State Convention held July 11-15 in Dallas.

The state award winner in each category will receive a $1,000 Dina Wallrath-Robertson Memorial Star Scholarship made available by the Texas FFA Foundation. 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 Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) project.

The 88th annual Texas FFA Convention recorded approximately 12,000 members and guests. Members of the state’s largest 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.

The Texas FFA is the nation’s largest state FFA association with a membership of more than 115,000. FFA gives students the opportunity to apply practical classroom knowledge to real world experiences through local, state and national competitions.

For more information about the Texas FFA, visit www.mytexasffa.org.