Sandoval FFA Members Compete For State FFA Degree

February 23, 2016

On February 17th, two Sandoval FFA members competed for their State FFA Degree.  This degree is an honorable prestige in Illinois. Only a small percentage of Illinois FFA members ever have the chance to obtain it.

To be eligible to receive the State FFA Degree from the Illinois Association, the member must meet the following minimum qualifications: 1. Have received the Chapter FFA Degree. 2. Have been an active FFA member for at least two years (24 months) at the time of receiving the State FFA Degree. 3. While in school, have completed the equivalent of at least two years (360 hours) of systematic school instruction in agricultural education at or above the ninth grade level, which includes a supervised agricultural experience program. 4. A student after entering Agricultural Education must have earned at least $1,500 or worked at least 750 hours in excess of scheduled class time in a supervised agricultural experience program. 5. A student after entering Agricultural Education must have productively invested at least $1,000. 6. Demonstrate leadership ability by: a. Performing ten procedures of parliamentary law. b. Giving a six-minute speech on a topic relating to agriculture or the FFA. c. Serving as an officer, committee chairperson or participating member of a chapter committee. 7. Have participated in the planning and completion of the chapter Program of Activities. 8. Have participated in at least five different FFA activities above the chapter level. 9. The member’s local chapter must certify that it has held not less than twelve (12) meetings during the preceding twelve (12) month period. 10. Be in the upper 40 percent of the class in scholarship or have an average of a 2.5 on a 4.0 scale in all school subjects during the entire period of application for the State FFA Degree. 11. Have participated in at least 25 hours of community service activities that are not a part of the member’s supervised agricultural experience hours.

Garrett Bates and Christonia Saddler, Sandoval FFA members, has met all the above requirements and has interviewed with the Section 21 FFA State Degree committee. Bates and Saddler has been recommended by the committee to receive this award at the State FFA Convention in June 2016. Garrett Bates is the son of Darena Bates and the late Bub Bates. Christonia Saddler is the daughter of Ken and Sonia Saddler.

Picture Attached: Bates and Saddler

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