Students Pictures with Gordon County Schools Board Members

CALHOUN, GA – At the May Gordon County Schools Board of Education Meeting, Sonoraville High FFA students were recognized for earning their State FFA Degrees. The State FFA Degree is the highest degree that the Georgia FFA Association can bestow upon its members.

Bethany Champion, Joshua Carr, Luke Campbell, Roberto Romero and Tommy Roden of the Sonoraville High FFA Chapter, were awarded the State FFA Degree at the 94th annual Georgia State FFA Convention held April 28th - 30th in Macon, Georgia.

To receive the State FFA Degree, members must meet several requirements outlined by the National FFA Organization. Students must have been enrolled in an agricultural education classroom and been an active FFA member for at least two years. Recipients must already hold their Chapter FFA Degree prior to receiving the State Degree, actively participate in the planning and implanting of the chapter’s Program of Activities and participate in at least five different activities above the chapter level.

Creating the leaders of tomorrow is a vital part of the mission of the FFA. Therefore, members receiving their State Degree must demonstrate leadership through performing ten parliamentary law procedures, giving a six-minute speech on agriculture, and serving as an FFA officer, committee chairperson, or committee member. Members must also have a satisfactory academic record, and complete at least 25 hours of community service in a minimum of two different service activities.

Students in FFA begin creating Supervised Agricultural Experiences (SAE) early in their FFA career and continue working on them throughout their involvement in agricultural education. FFA members receiving their State Degree must show a record of having a satisfactory SAE. Members must have earned and productively invested at least $1,000 or have worked at least 300 hours outside of scheduled class time.

Pictured: Luke Campbell, Roberto Romero, Joshua Carr and Bethany Champion alongside Joshua Boydston and the Gordon County Schools Board of Education Members. 

Not Pictured: State FFA Degree Recipient, Tommy Roden. 


About Gordon County Schools

Gordon County Schools system serves around 6,500+ students in schools across the county including six elementary schools, two middle schools, and two high schools. The mission of the Gordon County School system is to build a collaborative culture that engages all students and staff in learning experiences leading to growth, empowerment, and transformation.