282 SD FFA members recognized for receiving their State FFA Degree, the highest degree of membership

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BATH, S.D. — 282 South Dakota Future Farmers of America members will be recognized for receiving their State FFA Degree during the 93rd annual South Dakota State FFA Convention on Sunday, April 11 at 7:30 p.m.

The State FFA Degree is the highest degree of membership conferred by the South Dakota FFA Association.

Requirements to receive the Degree include:

  • Having earned and productively invested at least $1,000, or worked at least 300 hours in excess of scheduled class time, or a combination thereof, in a Supervised Agricultural Experience program.
  • Demonstrated leadership ability by performing ten procedures of Parliamentary Law, giving a six-minute speech on an agriculture or FFA-related topic, and serving as an officer, committee chairperson, or participating member of a chapter committee.
  • Have completed at least 25 hours of community service.

The West River recipients are:

Belle Fourche: Laney Mackaben, Bryton Oedekoven, Marlee Smeenk

Hot Springs: Wyatt Ellis, Kaitlynn Harris, Jessi Schroeder

Lemmon: Jacob Hetzel, Alexis Johnson, Tally Katus, James Kein, Tayte Kohn, Will Stevens, Cody Thompson, Lauren Weishaar, Madison Weishaar

Newell: Chase Dirk, Shaley Dirk

Philip: Kelcey Butler, Jadyn Coller, Brett Daly, Cody Donnelly, Cedar Gabriel, Taylor Hanson, Jasmine Hiatt, Jesse Hostutler, Hudson Johnson, Noah Johnson, Bobbi Kammerer, John Piroutik, Kelton Quinn, Riley Schofield

Rapid City: Alexis Hughes, Paige Lehrkamp, Haelee Wuertzer

Sturgis: Haley Ferguson, John Petersen

Wall: Jenna Elshere, Lillyanna Wagner

Winner: Teresa Taylor

Click here for a full list of the 2021 State FFA Degrees awarded.

About the South Dakota FFA Association:

As part of the National FFA Organization, the South Dakota FFA Association encompasses over 94 chapters with over 4,600 South Dakota FFA members. FFA strives to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. To discover more about the South Dakota FFA Association or the South Dakota FFA Foundation, visit them both online here, or on Facebook and Instagram.

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