Posted Date: 08/08/2016
Celeste FFA Members Attend Texas FFA Convention in Dallas, Texas
Dallas, Texas – Members from the Celeste FFA chapter attended the 88th annual Texas FFA State Convention held July 11-15 in Dallas.
Celeste FFA members who attended the convention: Catherine Mackey, Shayla Daugherty, Lindsay Thompson, Kaden Douglas, Jaxson Dillard, Reid Tallant, Emily Bowles, Chance Brown, Katlynn Trantham, Myranda Kittelson, Madison Groves, Abbi Farr and Scarlett Rogers.
More than $2 million in scholarships were awarded to FFA members and more than 2,500 members received the Lone Star FFA Degree, the highest degree of active membership bestowed by a state FFA association. Abbi Farr, Reid Tallant and Shayla Daugherty were awarded the Lone Star FFA Degree for being active FFA members, completing at least four semesters of agricultural science and maintaining a supervised agricultural experience program, demonstrating their leadership skills, and showing a commitment to the FFA through involvement at the chapter level and above.
Members heard from Rick Rigsby and Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath. The Randy Rodgers Band, Texas country music artist, also performed exclusively for FFA members.
The 88th annual Texas FFA Convention recorded approximately 12,000 members and guests. Members of the state’s largest agricultural youth leadership organization spent the week attending leadership workshops, participating in events and activities, being recognized for their achievements, and serving as the legislative body for the Texas FFA Association. Celeste FFA members Shayla Daugherty, Emily Bowles, Jaxson Dillard, Lindsay Thompson and Abbi Farr served as voting delegates during business sessions.
In the wake of the tragedy after Dallas lost five uniformed officers, Texas FFA members united to give back to the host city of the 88th Annual Texas FFA Convention. In support of the families, the Texas FFA Association sold wristbands during the convention sporting the phrase #WEAREALLINITTOGETHER. One hundred percent of the proceeds were donated to the families who lost loved ones in the horrible attack. At the conclusion of the last general session, on July 15, the standing donation total was $13,085.85, with expectations to collect an even larger sum. Celeste FFA members visited the Dallas Police Department and the memorial to pay tribute and to honor the fallen police officers.
The Texas FFA is the nation’s largest state FFA association with a membership of more than 115,000. FFA gives students the opportunity to apply practical classroom knowledge to real world experiences through local, state and national competitions. For more information about the Texas FFA, visit www.mytexasffa.org.