Local FFA members receive state’s highest FFA honor


GLOBE — Dennis Coombs, Laura Dalton, Christopher (Seth) Durbin, Kyler Heimer, Michael MacLean, Justin Salcido, Jillian Skaggs and Reanna Tietz of Globe High School Agriculture Education and FFA have received the State FFA Degree, the highest degree members can receive at state level. The Globe FFA members receiving this award are among a record 258 degree recipients receiving the honor.

The list of recipients was released the week of April 9. “Arizona FFA members have always considered earning the State FFA Degree an honor,” said Globe FFA Advisor Justen Ollendick. “The Arizona FFA Association has established a minimum set of qualifications, in order for members to receive this honor.

This gives students a more defined path to the recognition. The requirements are based on a member’s supervised agricultural experience program in agribusiness or production agriculture, and leadership ability as demonstrated through involvement in FFA, school and community service activities.” The State FFA Degree award program is sponsored by Wells Fargo Bank. The Arizona Association FFA has 10,149 members representing 83 chapters. The National FFA Organization has more than 700,000 members representing 8,612 chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.

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