Features 2/11/10

Three to get FFA State Degree

By Alex Folchi
News Reporter

  This year three LHS students–Quinn Hilberg, Bethany McHenry and Chelsea Vaglivielo–will receive the Golden State Future Farmers of America (FFA) Degree on Mar. 17 at the Superior Regional Meeting at Chico State University. These three seniors are the 64th, 65th and 66th FFA members to be awarded the State Degree from LHS since the agriculture program started here in 1978.
  The Golden State FFA Degree is the third of four degrees that can be achieved by FFA members. The first is the Greenhand Degree, which is awarded by the specific FFA chapter, and it is usually completed by members the first year.
  The second is the Chapter Degree, also awarded by the chapter, but requiring some more dedication to the organization. Third is the State Degree, and finally, fourth is the American FFA Degree which only four LHS students have received.
  The FFA State Degree is a prestigious accomplishment that requires at least ten prerequisites to be completed by the student before the award will be presented to the student.
The minimum requirements for the state degree are as follows:

  • Be in an agriculture class for three years
  • Be in FFA project(s) for a minimum of 500 hours
  • Earn a minimum of $1,000 in the projects mentioned above
  • Participate in five chapter level activities
  • Participate in five above chapter level activities
  • Participate in a minimum of two non-FFA school activities
  • Serve in two different community service activities for a total of twenty hours
  • Demonstrate knowledge of parliamentary procedure
  • Serve as a chairman or officer in the local FFA chapter
  • Present either an eight-minute formal speech or lead a 45-minute group discussion.

Rotary sponsors youth contests

By Ashley Cabrera

  Each year, the Rotary Club of Loyalton sponsors two contests for teenagers—a speech contest and an instrumental music contest.
  The Rotary music contest will be held on Feb. 18. Solo instrumentalists will give a three- to eightminute performance. The first place winner will receive $100; second place, $75; and third place, $50.
  The contest is open to all area high school students as well as home schooled students between the ages of 14 and 18. Any participants must complete a signup form by today in order to compete.
  The Rotary Club is also holding a speech contest on Feb. 25. The topic of the speech is “Four-Way Test/Living a Life that Matters.” The cash prizes for the speech contest are as follows: first place, $100; second place, $75; and third place, $50.
  The deadline to sign up is Feb. 18.
  For additional information on either or both of these competitions, students should contact Janet McHenry in room 100.
The two contests qualify students first for area contests and the winners at that level go on to the District 5190 contest that will take place on May 22 in Reno. The area level winners will compete for $1,000 at the Reno contests.
Senior Maddi Morris will be participating in the speech contest. Morris said she is nervous but believes that “the contest will be good to get the experience of public speaking.”


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