CORPUS CHRISTI - Members of the S&S Consolidated High School FFA chapter returned home with honors after attending the Texas FFA State Convention earlier this month in Corpus Christi.

CORPUS CHRISTI - Members of the S&S Consolidated High School FFA chapter returned home with honors after attending the Texas FFA State Convention earlier this month in Corpus Christi.


The S&S group received the National Chapter Award with the prestigious gold emblem rating. The gold emblem rating is only bestowed on the top 10 percent of FFA chapters in Texas. Those chapters actively implement the FFA mission and strategies, improving their operations by using a program of activities which emphasizes student, chapter and community development. Gold Emblem chapters advance to the national level to be judged for the National FFA Chapter Contest.


Earning the Lone Star FFA Degree were Bethany Ballard, Bryson Buckner, Cassidy Edwards, Klayton Hedges, Laurie Johnson, Delaney Klas, Darian Orndorff, Cameron Prewitt, Micaylah Rich and Katie Sliger. The degree recognizes FFA members who have received the chapter degree, have been active in FFA for at least two years, have completed at least four semesters of agricultural science at or above the ninth grade level, maintained a supervised agricultural experience program, demonstrated their leadership skills and showed a commitment to FFA through involvement at the chapter level and above.


The Honorary Lone Star FFA Degree was presented to Roger Reed and Jim and Lauren Ballard. This degree recognizes people who have rendered outstanding service to agricultural education and the Texas FFA program.


Wyatt Maher was awarded an $18,000 Texas FFA Scholarship for his qualifications in academic achievement, leadership, supervised agricultural experience, FFA involvement and personal interview.


Klayton Hedges served in the State Courtesy Corps, a team of student volunteers that handles the logistical functions at the state convention.


The Texas FFA is the nation’s largest state FFA association with a membership of more than 109,000, making up 1,032 local FFA chapters. This year’s convention drew approximately 12,000 members and guests. Students took part in a week of leadership workshops, events and activities.