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November 9, 2021

MARYLAND FFA MEMBERS AWARDED NATONAL AMERICAN FFA DEGREE

Photo: L-R: Avery Dull, Helen Leadingham, Cassie Bell, Robert Hahn, Hannah Hartness, Ryan Leister, Sierra Wean, Samantha Wilt, Elsie McKenzie

 

(HAVRE DE GRACE, MARYLAND) – November 9, 2021- Nine Maryland FFA members received the prestigious American FFA Degree, given annually by the National FFA Organization.

The American FFA Degree is bestowed in recognition of years of academic and professional excellence. This year 3,863 American Degrees were awarded during the American FFA Degree Ceremony at the 94th National FFA Convention & Expo. Representing six Maryland FFA Chapters, the following Maryland FFA members have been selected:

Cassie Bell, Southern FFA Chapter

Avery Dull, Westminster FFA Chapter

Robert Hahn, Catoctin FFA Chapter

Hannah Hartness, Catoctin FFA Chapter

Helen Leadingham, Boonsboro FFA Chapter

Ryan Leister, Francis Scott Key FFA Chapter

Elsie McKenzie, Francis Scott Key FFA Chapter

Sierra Wean, Francis Scott Key FFA Chapter

Samantha Wilt, North Garrett FFA Chapter

 

Each recipient of the American FFA Degree receives a gold American FFA Degree key and certificate after being recognized at the national convention.

Sponsored by Case IH, Elanco Animal Health, NAU Country Insurance Company, Pepsico Inc, RAM Trucks and Syngenta, the award recognizes demonstrated ability and outstanding achievements in agricultural business, production, processing or service programs.

To be eligible, FFA members must have earned and productively invested $10,000 through a supervised agricultural experience (SAE) program in which they own their own business or hold a professional position as an employee. Recipients must also complete 50 hours community service and demonstrate outstanding leadership abilities and civic involvement through completion of a long list of FFA and community activities. Less than one percent of FFA members achieve the American FFA Degree.

The Maryland Agricultural Education Foundation is a 501c3 non-governmental nonprofit established in 1989. Through the Maryland FFA, teacher workshops, scholarships, grants, Mobile Labs and Showcases, and revenues from the Ag Tag license plate sales, the Foundation pursues its mission to promote the understanding and appreciation of the importance of agriculture in everyone’s lives. The Maryland FFA Association staff is partially funded through a $50,000 federal Perkins grant facilitated by the Maryland State Department of Education.  The Maryland FFA Association has 2,000 student members in 42 local chapters throughout the state.

 

For more information, visit www.mdffa.org or contact Naomi Knight at nknight@maefonline.com

 

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July 1, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

2021-2022 MARYLAND FFA STATE OFFICER TEAM SELECTED

AT 93RD STATE CONVENTION

 

(HAVRE DE GRACE, MARYLAND) – July 1, 2021- The 2021-2022 Maryland FFA State Officer Team was elected during the fourth general session of the 93rd Maryland FFA State Convention on June 25, 2021.

The state officer team is responsible for planning and implementing leadership development opportunities to the 2,000 FFA members and 42 Chapters throughout Maryland, represent the Maryland Association at local, state, and national events, including the National FFA Convention. Maryland FFA Association selected the following members to serve as the 2021-2022 state officer team:

President – Jayci Mitchell, Elkton, Maryland.  Mitchell is an outstanding member of the Cecil County School of Technology FFA Chapter. Her supervised agricultural experience program is in Meat Goat Production. She plans on pursuing a career in Agribusiness.

 

Vice-President – Elsie McKenzie, Westminster, Maryland. McKenzie is a member of the Francis Scott Key FFA Chapter and served as the Maryland FFA State Sentinel in 2020-2021.  McKenzie’s supervised agricultural experience is Diversified Livestock Production Placement.  Her career goal is to take over the operations of her family farm.

 

Secretary – Samantha Wilt, Grantsville, Maryland.  Wilt is a valued member of the North Garrett FFA Chapter.  Her supervised agricultural experience is also in Diversified Livestock Production Placement.  Her career goal is to stay in the agricultural industry either in diversified livestock production or becoming an agricultural educator.

 

The Maryland Agricultural Education Foundation is a 501c3 non-governmental nonprofit established in 1989.  Through the Maryland FFA, teacher workshops, scholarships, grants, Mobile Labs and Showcases, and revenues from the Ag Tag license plate sales, the Foundation pursues its mission to promote the understanding and appreciation of the importance of agriculture in everyone’s daily lives.  The Maryland FFA Association’s staff team is partially funded through a $50,000 federal Perkins Grant facilitated by the Maryland State Department of Education.  The Maryland FFA Association has 2,000 members in 42 Chapters throughout the State.  For more information, visit www.mdffa.org or contact Naomi Knight at nknight@maefonline.com

 

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MARYLAND FFA HONORS LOCAL MEMBERS, CHAPTERS AND SUPPORTERS AT 93RD MARYLAND STATE CONVENTION

 

(HAVRE DE GRACE, MARYLAND) – June 29, 2021- The convention honored local members, chapters, and supporters during the 93rd Maryland FFA State Convention held virtually, June 22-25. The event was hosted by the 2020-2021 Maryland FFA State Officer Team- Cassie Bell, President; Helen Leadingham, Vice President; McKayla Kiernan, Secretary; Kyle Schulze, Treasurer; Morgan DeFriece, Reporter; Elsie McKenzie, Sentinel.

 

The convention opened with greetings from Dr. James Woodard, National FFA Advisor; and keynote address from Ms. Anna Mathis, National FFA Secretary.  During this event, FFA members were recognized for their accomplishments and participation in the Maryland FFA:

 

The State Star Greenhand Award: Bailey Schmidt from the Oakland FFA Chapter, Region 1. Other Regional Star Greenhand finalists: Region 1: Kolton Mason, North Garrett; Region 4: Madison Hedges-Bailey, North Harford; Gracie Ray, South Carroll; and Richard Dehart, Westminster FFA.

 

The State FFA Proficiency Award Gold Winners: Elizabeth Anderson, Boonsboro, Agricultural Services; Madilynn Magruder, North Garrett, Sheep Production; Abigail Wimmer, Westminster, Veterinary Science.

 

Wiley G & Carrie A. Griffith Scholarships: ($1,000 each) Julia Biser, Tuscarora; Tanner Harshman, Clear Spring; Xavier Hawkins, Gwynn Park; Madilynn Magruder, North Garrett; Sierra Mandeville, South Carroll; Katelyn Toms, Clear Spring.

 

MD FFA Foundation & University of Maryland College Park, College of Agriculture State Officer Scholarship:  $2,000 awarded to each of the 2020-2021 State Officers to continue their education at the University of Maryland, College Park for their outstanding leadership to the Maryland FFA Association.

 

National FFA Scholarship: Awarded to Lynne Thomas of the North Harford FFA Chapter for $1,500 from the America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders.

 

National Chapter Awards: Applications will be sent on for National Recognition to the Boonsboro and Parkside CTE FFA Chapters.

 

Outstanding Service Citations: Mark & Terry Adkins, Laytonsville- former agricultural educators and FFA Advisors, serving as state superintendents and judges at state and national events; Roy S. Walls, Jr., College Park- 45 years of service to the Maryland FFA as an agricultural educator and FFA Advisor, State Executive Secretary, and instructor at the UMD Institute for Applied Agriculture; David A. Miller, Braddock Heights- 55 years of service in agricultural education, FFA Advisor, State Executive Secretary, County CTE Director, currently serving as Executive Director of high school and post-secondary education for the Maryland Agricultural Education Foundation (MAEF)

 

The Maryland Agricultural Education Foundation is a 501c3 non-governmental nonprofit established in 1989.  Through the Maryland FFA, teacher workshops, scholarships, grants, Mobile Labs and Showcases, and revenues from the Ag Tag license plate sales, the Foundation pursues its mission to promote the understanding and appreciation of the importance of agriculture in everyone’s daily lives.  The Maryland FFA Association’s staff team is partially funded through a $50,000 federal Perkins Grant facilitated by the Maryland State Department of Education.  The Maryland FFA Association has 2,000 members in 42 Chapters throughout the State.  For more information, visit www.mdffa.org or contact Naomi Knight at nknight@maefonline.com