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Degrees and Awards

There are many opportunities for student recognition. They include:

  • The Greenhand Degree – (This is a recognition degree.) This is the first degree that a member may earn. The requirements to earn the degree include, being familiar with the FFA Creed, Motto, Salute and FFA Mission Statement, the FFA colors, the Code of Ethics and proper use of the FFA jacket. Additionally, a student must complete an application for the degree.
  • The Chapter FFA Degree – (This is a recognition degree.) This is the highest degree that a chapter may award. The requirements of the degree include, must have received the greenhand degree, must have satisfactorily completed one-year of systematic school instruction in agriculture, have participated in the planning and conducting of at least three official functions, have in operation a project, have earned or productively invested at least $150 or worked 45 hours on their project, have led a group discussion for 15 minutes, have demonstrated 5 procedures of parliamentary law, have a satisfactory scholastic record and they must complete an application.
  • The State FFA Degree – (This is a recognition degree.) This is the highest degree that a state may award. The requirements of the State FFA degree include, have received the Chapter FFA Degree, have been an active member for at least 2 years, have completed 2 years of systematic school instruction in agriculture, have earned or productively invested $1000 on their project, worked 500 hours, demonstrated leadership ability, have a satisfactory scholastic record, participated in at least 5 different FFA activities above the chapter lever. An application must be completed and submitted with a minimum of two years of record books.
  • The American FFA Degree – (This is a recognition degree.) To be eligible to receive the American FFA Degree from the National FFA Organization, the member must meet the following minimum qualifications. Must have received the State FFA Degree. Have been an active member for the past three years and have graduated from high school at least 12 months prior to the national convention at which the degree is to be granted. Have in operation and have maintained records to substantiate an outstanding project, have earned or productively invested at least $7,500, have 1000 hours labor and have a record of outstanding leadership abilities and community involvement.
  • Proficiency Awards – (These are recognition awards.) There are a wide variety of Proficiency award areas. These awards are to recognize students with outstanding projects. Students may apply for proficiency awards at the chapter and sectional level. If a student wins the sectional award their application then moves to the regional competition. If the student wins the regional award, their application moves to the state competition. State winners then submit an application for the National Award. A student can apply for an award as an entrepreneur or as a work-experience project.
  • Project Competition – (This is a recognition activity.) Each year we provide an opportunity for students with outstanding projects to compete for recognition. For our sectional competition, we have two judges visit each student’s project(s). The student has about 10-15 minutes to present their project to the judges. Students earn awards based on their knowledge of and experience with their project.
  • Honorary Chapter Degree- Recognition for farmers, school superintendents, principals, members of the board of education, chapter advisors, teachers, staff members in agricultural education, business people, and others who are helping to advance agricultural education and the FFA, and who have rendered outstanding service, may be elected to honorary membership by a majority vote of the members present at any regular meeting or convention.
  • Program Completer- A student who has been enrolled in an Agriculture class for 3-4 years.
  • Star Awards- Recognition for students who have done an exceptional job in our agriculture program.  This year we had many students that are deserving of recognition, but tonight we would like to highlight a few exceptional ones.  The following students have excelled in their Agriculture class, have an approved SAE project and have been active in the FFA.  We have identified a Star Greenhand member, Star Chapter farmer, Outstanding Senior, go to guy and rock star of the year.
  • Star Greenhand- Recognition for an outstanding 1st year member in the Agriculture program.
  • Star Chapter Farmer- Recognition for an outstanding 2nd year member in the Agriculture program.
  • Outstanding Senior- Recognition for an outstanding senior member in the Agriculture program.
  • Go to Guy- Recognition for an outstanding member of any grade that has always been available to help the program in any way and served as a ¨go to¨ guy or girl.
  • Rockstar of the Year- Recognition for an outstanding member of any grade that has shown distinct ¨rockstar¨ qualities in our Agriculture program.
  • Point AwardPatterson FFA recognizes their most active top 15 members based on a points value system. Those 15 students are recognized by a free trip chosen each year.

 

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