West Holmes FFA celebrates its multiple state degree winners

West Holmes FFA celebrates its multiple state degree winners
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Megan Brannon raised ducks, turkey and hogs while working on her family farm on the road to earning a state degree this past school year.

                        

Anything worth doing is worth doing right and well.

For a number of West Holmes High School FFA members, that statement rings truer now than ever as their experiences in working with agricultural-related tasks, volunteering their time and dedicating themselves to service, and better understanding the joy of working hard toward a goal were praised recently by their educators and peers.

The West Holmes High School State FFA Degree winners for 2020 were recently honored through a virtual celebration. Those included on that list were WHHS FFA chapter members Megan Brannon, Taryn Grassbaugh, Aubree Houin, Jayme Pennell, Ethan Reining, Lucas Shaum, Rebecca Sprang, Chase Stitzlein and Addison Yates.

State degree is something WHHS FFA advisor Jamie Chenevey said showcases the overall commitment of each member.

“The state degree winners should be extremely proud of themselves because it takes a great deal of dedication and commitment to achieve,” Chenevey said of the nine recipients.

To garner a state degree, each must earn at least $3,000 in supervised agricultural experience, maintain excellent records, be enrolled in an ag class, compete in at least two career-development events, participate in at least eight activities above chapter level, complete 25 hours of community service and participate in at least one school or community program.

Brannon raised ducks, turkey and hogs; worked on her family farm; completed 50 hours of community service; participated in parliamentary procedure, soils and greenhand quizzes; and was a member of the state convention band.

Grassbaugh raised and trained horses; worked for her family excavating business; completed 60 hours of volunteer service; participated in farm bureau management, soils and greenhand quizzes; and attended state and national convention.

Houin raised horses, hogs and sheep; worked on the family farm; completed 93 hours of community service; participated in ag communications, speaking, soil and greenhand quizzes; attended state and national convention and state camp; and was a member of the state convention band.

Pennell reclaimed 11 acres of farmland to create a wildlife area; worked at Tate Farms as a farmhand; completed 58.5 hours of community service; participated in ag sales, speaking, job interview, forestry, nursery landscape, soils, trap shoot and greenhand quizzes; and attended state and national conventions, state camp, and leadership nights.

Reining worked at Mast Trucking as a tire specialist and mechanic; completed 29 hours of community service; participated in outdoor power, farm business management and greenhand quizzes; and attended state camp and leadership night.

Sprang raised hogs, sheep and dairy steer; worked at Spring Run Dairy as a farmhand; completed 346 hours of community service; participated in ag communications, speaking, parli pro, dairy judging, soils and greenhand quizzes; and attended state and national conventions, state camp and leadership nights.

Shaum worked at Village Motors as a groundskeeper and lot boy, as well as being employed at Mohican Adventures as a dock hand; completed 32.5 hours of volunteer community service; participated in outdoor power, farm business management, greenhand quiz and the trap shoot; and attended state camp and leadership night.

Stitzlein worked at Hi Dairy and Cornerstone Dairy as a farmhand; raised his own Holstein and Red Holstein cows, heifer and feeders; completed 46 hours of community service; participated in dairy judging, outdoor power, farm business management and greenhand quiz; and attended state and national conventions, state camp, and leadership night.

Yates worked at Piars Mineral Ridge Dairy as a farmhand; completed 28 hours of community service; participated in tractor trouble shooting, outdoor power, ag mechanics, greenhand quizzes, and soil and ag sales; and attended state convention and leadership night.

“We are extremely proud of all of our state degree winners because we know all of the sacrifices and hard work they put into earning that achievement,” Chenevey said.


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