Twelve members of the Gothenburg FFA chapter have earned their state degree. Interviews for the degree, one of the highest honors a chapter member can receive, were held Jan. 29 in Valentine. Chapter members earning their state degree are: Maggie Aden, Neligh Andersen, Maguire Bartlett, Ryan Brown, Cassy Callahan, Bailey Coulter, Addy Gibbens, Madeline Jorgenson, Heath Keiser, Savannah Peterson, Landon Platter, and Tucker Wyatt.
The road to getting a state degree is a four year process. As a freshmen you receive your greenhand degree, as a sophomore you receive your chapter degree. To get a state degree you have to have at least 25 hours of community service, been in an agricultural class and an FFA member for two years, make at least $1,000 from your SAE (supervised agricultural experience), and have a specified number of FFA activities such as contests that you have competed in or participated in. The final part is to participate in an interview.
The interview includes members sharing the three circle model of FFA/Leadership, Classroom, and SAE as vital parts to agricultural education. Members also are interviewed on their record books where they enter their community service activities, competitions, and SAE earnings and records.
Gothenburg has been very successful in this area which goes to show how much our members do throughout their high school careers. Our members have an incredible drive to accomplish their goals and be among the best in the state. Gothenburg FFA does a lot of activities so it gives members many opportunities to be active and help out. With two advisors we are able to offer a wider range of classes to meet a wider range of interests to get more people interested in being in FFA.
The degree recipients will be honored at the final session of the 2020 Nebraska State FFA Convention.