Diboll FFA awarded for successes at state
Seven Diboll FFA members attended the 85th Texas FFA State Convention in Dallas earlier this month. Those attending were Tyler Allen, Dylan Allen, Chloe Presnall, Sarah Smith, Stephen Badeaux, Caleb Stewart and Cheyenne Swor. The students donated canned goods to be given to the North Texas Food Bank.
Tyler Allen was chosen to be a reporter for the Convention Chronicle. The Convention Chronicle was the daily newsletter printed for members and guests attending the convention. He had three articles published in the paper. Tyler interviewed Todd Staples, Commissioner of Agriculture. This article was published on the web at texasffa.org. This was an honor to be selected and will look great on scholarship applications. The hours were long each day and the hard work paid off for getting his articles printed in the paper and on the website.
Swor was selected to serve her second year as a Foundation Ambassador for the convention. Ambassadors have long hours, also. Their job is to assist all the VIPs and convention sponsors like keeping up with their schedules. Cheyenne also attended the Stars Banquet on Wednesday and was honored on stage for being a state finalist for the Star Chapter FFA Degree in production.
The chapter won the Golden Horizon Award. This is the highest award a chapter can receive at the state level. This award is based on overall participation of the chapter in all aspects of FFA: Career Developments Events, Leadership Development Events, Scholarships, District officers, speaking events, student awards, and exhibition of livestock.
Tyler Allen, Swor and sponsor Kevin Swor were all honored on stage at the final session of the convention. Tyler Allen was honored for the newspaper, Cheyenne Swor for ambassadors, and Kevin Swor for serving as the president of the VATAT.
The Lone Star Degree is the highest degree an FFA member can earn. The Lone Star recipients were Tyler Allen, Smith, Badeaux, Eric Concha, and Dillon Mason.
Lone Star Degree requirements are:
• At least 2 years active membership;
• Received chapter degree;
• Have earned and productively invested at least $200, worked at least 200 hours in excess of scheduled class time in a supervised agricultural experience program; and
• The combination of hours and dollars must exceed or equal 800.