Even though school is out for the summer Sealy FFA members are still hard at work. Sealy FFA members are earning awards and recognition from Texas FFA and advancing to National FFA level to compete against the best our nation has to offer.
The Lone Star FFA Degree is the highest degree bestowed by the Texas FFA, and it will be awarded to two Sealy FFA members at the 88th Texas FFA Convention in Dallas, Texas. The Lone Star FFA Degree recognizes members who have completed at least two years of agricultural science in high school, 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. This year Sealy FFA members Allison Schram and Regina Fontana submitted their applications to earn their Lone Star Degrees. These two Sealy FFA leaders were found to be deserving, and will be receiving their Lone Star FFA Degree at this summer’s convention.
FFA members that have received The Lone Star FFA Degree are then eligible to apply for their American FFA Degree. The American Degree is the top degree in a four-tier degree program that recognizes individual achievement in instructional programs, supervised experience and leadership development. Two Sealy FFA Alumni have been named as candidates to receive the American FFA Degree at the National FFA Convention in October. Jenna Hein and Chelsey Villarreal have advanced to the National level and are one step closer to receiving this prestigious award.
The Proficiency Awards program encourages members to set personal goals and learn practical skills. The program provides recognition to FFA members for exceptional accomplishments and excellence in their Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) program. The SAE program is an individualized application of classroom learning beyond scheduled class time and has been a standard part of agricultural education since 1917. Students’ SAEs may be entrepreneurial enterprises, employment experiences or research projects. Drew Fleming’s application for Fruit Production Placement Proficiency won both district and area competitions before being considered by the state-selected committee in early June. Based on his work at Fleming Farms Vineyards Drew was selected as the state winner, and will receive his proficiency award at the Texas FFA Convention in July. Drew’s application will also advance to the National level to compete against other members who have won their state’s competition.
Sealy FFA members continue to set high standards as they compete at the district, area, state and national levels. Congratulations to these award winners, and best of luck as you advance to face the best in the nation.