County FFA members earn Keystone Degrees
Thirty-five Somerset County FFA members were honored with Keystone Degrees at the Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg on Monday.
They were among 406 Pennsylvania FFA members who received the degree at the Pennsylvania FFA Mid-Winter Convention.
The state FFA degree, called the Keystone in Pennsylvania, is the highest degree that can be bestowed on an FFA member at the state level.
Recipients of the Keystone Degree are considered to be the top members of the Pennsylvania FFA Association, and are chosen through extensive records of supervised agricultural experiences submitted by the applicant. Applicants must also meet a number of other requirements, including academic record. Applications are reviewed by a local committee before being sent for final verification from a state committee.
Attaining this goal requires up to four years of effort, through leadership development, SAE involvement, and participation in FFA activities both in school and in the community. Only 3 to 4 percent of all FFA members in Pennsylvania qualify for the degree each year.