The Lone Star FFA Degree recognizes the members’ agricultural awareness, leadership, career development and active involvement in the FFA organization. The Skidmore-Tynan youth spent the week attending leadership workshops, listening to motivational speakers, participating in personal development events and activities, being recognized for their achievements and serving as the legislative body for the Texas FFA Association.
Commissioner of Agriculture Todd Staples brought remarks during the convention, and popular music group Wade Bowen performed an opening concert Tuesday, July 10.
More than $2 million in scholarships was awarded to FFA members, and approximately 1,300 members received the Lone Star FFA Degree, the highest degree of active membership bestowed by a state FFA association.
As believers of the idea of “giving back,” Texas FFA members hosted a food drive in conjunction with the Corpus Christi Food Bank and also hosted a “Day of Service,” in which FFA members helped clean up around beach areas.
There are more than 86,000 active FFA members in Texas. FFA programs teach skills in leadership, career development and personal growth. FFA gives students the opportunity to practically apply classroom knowledge to real-world experiences through local, state and national competitions.