Five teens from Payson were recently awarded one the most prestigious honors in FFA — the State Degree. The FFA State Degree is given to the top members of a State FFA Association.
Jed Ward, Karly Lann, Jessie James, Angie Lowery and Jessica Stone were presented the award at the June 11 FFA State Leadership Conference in Tucson.
To receive a FFA State Degree, members must meet the following requirements: received a Chapter FFA Degree; have been an active FFA member for at least two years (24 months) at the time of receiving the FFA State Degree; have completed at least two years (360 hours) of systematic school instruction in agricultural education at or above the ninth-grade level, which includes a Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE); have earned and productively invested at least $1,000, or have worked at least 300 hours outside of scheduled 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; 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; completed at least 25 hours of community service in a minimum of two different activities.
Out of the five Payson FFA State Degree recipients, two were also awarded FFA State Officer positions.
Jed Ward is the 2011-12 vice president and Angie Lowery is the 2011-12 reporter. As part of their training, they will attend training sessions, camp, conferences all over, traveling to Nebraska, Utah, Indianapolis, Missouri and throughout Arizona.
“These are amazing accomplishments for these kids and not only should they be recognized, but their instructors Wendell Stevens and Jadee Garner should be praised for their amazing influence and mentoring. They have forever changed the lives and opportunities available to these students because of their time and caring,” said Fayth Lowery, who provided the information for this story.