— Staff report
LINDSAY — Eight members from the Lindsay Future Farmers of America (FFA) chapter attended the 85th annual Texas FFA State Convention held July 8-12 in Dallas.
Lindsay FFA members who attended the convention were Doug Case, Kyleigh Duke, Clayton Gunderson, Alex Harrell, Matthew Huston, Garrett Martin, Dalton Metzler and Jacob Sprouse, along with sponsor Cody Spies. The 85th annual Texas FFA State Convention recorded more than 11,000 members and guests. Members of the agricultural youth leadership organization spent the week attending leadership workshops, participating in events and activities, being recognized for their achievements and serving as the legislative body for the Texas FFA Association.
More than $2 million in scholarships were awarded to FFA members, and more than 2,000 members were recognized on stage for their accomplishments.
Members also competed for state titles in public speaking and agriscience events. In the interest of premier leadership, personal growth and career success, the Texas FFA Association also offered an opportunity for students to compete in the fourth annual Spanish Creed Speaking Invitational Event. The Creed delivery and the five-minute question-answer period were conducted entirely in Spanish.
Texas FFA honored soldiers and all American military service personnel during the Fallen Hero Recognition Ceremony. Members heard from National FFA Central Region Vice President Brennan Costello, as well as motivational speakers Les Brown and John Beede. The Turnpike Troubadours, a Texas country music band, also performed exclusively for FFA members.
Local Lone Star recipients
Duke, Gunderson, Huston and Metzler were awarded the Lone Star FFA Degree at the Dallas convention. The Lone Star FFA Degree is the highest degree bestowed by the Texas FFA. It recognizes FFA members who have received the chapter degree; have been active FFA members for at least two years; have completed at least four semesters of agricultural science at or above the ninth grade level; have maintained a supervised agricultural experience (SAE) program; have demonstrated their leadership skills; and have shown a commitment to the FFA through involvement at the chapter level and above. Duke, Gunderson, Huston and Gunderson were four of more than 1,700 FFA members receiving this esteemed degree. Other Lindsay FFA members receiving their Lone Star FFA Degree — but unable to attend the convention — were Bryan Fortune and Terrell Grewing.
The Texas FFA has evolved from an organization focusing primarily on production agriculture, to a broader-based encompassing organization that addresses the needs and interests of students in urban and suburban schools in addition to the rural communities from which FFA rose in 1929.
The Texas FFA is the nation’s largest state FFA associations with a membership of more than 95,000 and more than 1,000 local FFA chapters. FFA gives students the opportunity to apply practical classroom knowledge to real world experiences through local, state and national competitions.
For more information about the Texas FFA Association, visit www.texasffa.org.