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Congratulations to Erika Schwisow - Received State FFA Degree @ State Convention

  First Meridian FFA Member to receive this award

April 11, 2022

Meridian is honored to have Erika Schwisow, Senior at Meridian, accomplish one of the top FFA  Awards given to FFA members.   Erika is the first Meridian FFA Chapter member to accomplish this.  Erika received the State FFA Degree at the State Convention this past week.  As you can see with the qualifications below that Erika put a lot of time and effort in receiving this award.

State FFA Degree Qualifications

  To be eligible to receive the State FFA Degree from the state association a 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. Have 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 (SAE) program.
  5. Demonstrate leadership ability by : (A) performing 10 procedures of parliamentary law, (B) giving a six-minute speech on a topic relating to agriculture or FFA, (C) serving as an officer, committee chairperson or participating member of a chapter committee.
  6. Have a satisfactory scholastic record as certified by the local agricultural education instructor and the principal or superintendent.
  7. Have participated in the planning and completion of the chapter's Program of Activities.
  8. Have participated in at least five different FFA activities above the chapter level.
  9. Have participated in at least 25 hours of community service, within at least two different community service activities. These hours are in addition to and cannot be duplicated as paid or unpaid SAE hours.

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