FFA State Degrees awarded
By Kyra McGarr
All three students will be honored at an official ceremony at Chico State University on March 16, along with other State Degree winners from northern California.
An FFA State Degree is an award that anyone in FFA can work toward over several years. There are many requirements, but winner Rachel Huebert said, “The hard work paid off.”
FFA President Kallie Goss, who is also going for her state proficiency in beef, said, “I felt accomplished.”
David Vasquez added that he felt happy when he got his degree.
The requirements are comprehensive and include the following:
• Held the Chapter FFA degree for at least one year immediately preceding application for the FFA State Degree.
• Been an active member of the FFA for at least two years preceding application for the FFA State Degree.
• Completed two years of instruction in agricultural education, which included an SAE program.
• Is regularly enrolled in an agriculture education class at the secondary education level or an agriculture course at the post-secondary education level or be a graduate of a secondary agriculture education program who is engaged in an agricultural occupation.
• Worked for a minimum of 500 hours in excess of scheduled class time on his or her supervised Agricultural Experience Program.
• Earned by his or her efforts from an agricultural enterprise or other agriculturally related work at least $1,000 or has an investment of at least $2,000 in depreciable property inventory or has earned at least $750 and has enough unpaid hours in excess of the 500 hours minimum required, so when the excess unpaid hours added to the dollar amount earned the sum equals at least $1,000.
• Deposited in a bank or otherwise productively invested at least $1,000.
• Performed ten procedures or passed a written test on parliamentary law.
• Given a six-minute speech or led a group discussion for 40 minutes on a topic relating to agriculture or the FFA.
• Served as an officer, committee chairperson or participating member of a committee.
• Participated in at least five distinctly different FFA activities at the chapter level.
• Participated in at least two distinctly different non-FFA activities above the chapter level.
• Participated in activities for community improvement as evidenced by participating in at least two distinctly different activities to the extent of spending at least 20 hours of personal time.
• Is familiar with the provisions of the State and National Constitutions of the FFA.
• Has a 2.0 scholastic record.
• Participated in the planning and completion of the chapter program of activities.
• Submitted written records of achievement based on the member’s own entries in the California Agricultural Education Record Book.
• Received 70 percent of the possible points on his or her Record Book score.
Ag teacher Cal Griffin said, “I’m so proud of all my students. This shows serious accomplishment.”
Date set for Community Read
By Angelina Folchi
Loyalton’s S Club will be hosting its Second Annual Community Read on Saturday March 19, at 10 a.m. in the LHS gym. A community read is an event in which many people in an area read the same book, and then they come together to exchange their thoughts and views on the book. The chosen book is usually related to a social issue that can easily lead to discussion. This year the participants will be reading To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, because it has been fifty years since the book was first published.
To Kill a Mockingbird is set in Alabama during the Great Depression. It’s about three children, Jem, Scout and Dill, who learn the importance of racial equality during a period when racism runs rampant. The book deals with serious matters such as rape and prejudice, but it’s also known for its warmth and humor.
Lee was born and raised in Alabama, and many details and events in the book correspond with her childhood; some consider it to be autobiographical. She pursued a law degree after graduating high school but soon realized that writing was her true passion. To Kill a Mockingbird was Lee’s only published novel, and she only wrote a few short essays after its publication. The book received a Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1960, the year in which it was published.
Anyone is welcome to read the book and attend the event in March, when authentic southern refreshments will be served.
Copies of To Kill a Mockingbird can be borrowed from Janet McHenry in room 100.