A graduate of Weston-McEwen High School and member of the high school’s FFA (Future Farmers of America) program will receive her American FFA Degree this fall. Juniper Cosner, who graduated in 2016, is the fourth member of Weston-McEwen FFA to receive this degree and honor. The last recipient was in 1999. FFA Advisor Ashley Florence said, “We at Weston-McEwen High School are so proud of Juniper’s accomplishments and we cannot wait to see her on the National FFA stage this fall!”
The National FFA Organization will award Cosner her degree in October at the National FFA Convention and Expo in Indiana. To earn the American FFA Degree, the honoree must meet many qualifications over a significant period of time. According to the FFA website (www.ffa.org), the American FFA Degree is awarded to members “who have demonstrated the highest level of commitment to FFA and made significant accomplishments in their supervised agricultural experiences.” The degree is awarded each year to less than 1% of FFA members, making it one of the organization’s highest honors.
Some of the qualifications to earn the degree include:
- Have received the State FFA Degree, have been an active member for the past three years and have a record of satisfactory participation in the activities on the chapter and state level.
- Have satisfactorily completed the equivalent of at least three years (540 hours) of systematic secondary school instruction in an agricultural education program.
- Have graduated from high school at least 12 months prior to the national convention at which the degree is to be granted.
- Have in operation and have maintained records to substantiate an outstanding supervised agricultural experience program, through which the member has exhibited comprehensive planning and managerial and financial expertise.
- A student after entering agricultural education must have:
- Earned at least $10,000 and productively invested $7,500 or
- Earned and productively invested $2,000 and worked 2,250 hours in excess of scheduled class time.
- Have a record of outstanding leadership abilities and community involvement and have achieved a high school scholastic record of “C” or better as certified by the principal or superintendent.
- Have participated in at least 50 hours of community service within at least three different community service activities.
Past recipients from Weston-McEwen FFA are Joshua Legg in 1999, Kristen Kyles in 1998 and Ginger M. Price in 1993.