Monday January 9th, during Pennsylvania’s 101 Farm Show and the FFA’s 84th Mid-Winter Convention, 11 students walked across the stage to receive the second highest achievable award in the FFA, the Keystone degree. Congratulations to Sam Garrett, Boyd Barley, Shelby Martin, Evan Ressler, Lynsey Wissler, Wes Herr, Kayla McLain, Conner Bitts, Neve Consylman, Ryan Barnett, and Rose Drumm.
The Keystone degree means that all the effort Sam put into her SAE projects has paid off and that she can continue her FFA career. After she graduates Sam plans on running for FFA State Office and then attending college to become a veterinary technician. Her advice for future Keystone Degree runner is to be passionate about your SAEs and keep up to date with AET as well as planning ahead. She plans on striving for her American Degree.
Boyd views the Keystone Degree as that his SAE projects were good enough to get him to this level. His plan for after high school is to work on his family’s farm. Boyd’s advice to future applicants is to keep AET up to date. He has yet to decide if he is applying for his American Degree.
The Keystone Degree means that Shelby can continue on to get her American Degree. After high school she plans on going to Morrisville State College to obtain her associates and bachelors in equine. Her advice for future students going for their Keystone is to stay as involved as possible and to set and surpass their goals. Shelby plans on going for her American Degree.
Evan thinks of the Keystone Degree as a representation of his dedication to the FFA and his achievements it has taken to earn this degree. After high school, Evan plans on attending college to major in civil engineering. His advice to future applicants is to get and stay involved as early as possible and to record everything in AET. Evan does not plan on running for his American Degree.
The Keystone Degree proves that hard work pays off to Lynsey, and that she can do anything she sets her mind to. After high school Lynsey plans on attending a four year university to get her Master’s degree in childhood education. Her advice when going for your keystone iis to stick with it because it will pay off and you will be glad you accomplished it. She does not plan on going for her American Degree.
Wes views the Keystone degree as a family tradition as well as a way to exemplify his leadership in the FFA. His plans after High School is to find a career in Plant Science and possibly attend a technical school in that time. Wes’s advice to future students going for their Keystone is to always keep your record books accurate and up to date as well as going the extra mile whenever possible. He plans on going for his American Degree.
Kayla sees the Keystone Degree as her last four years of hard, dedicated, and focused work. After high school she plans on going to Penn State to major in Ag Business Management. Her advice to future Keystone nominees is to work hard and keep their AET up to date. Kayla plans on attaining her American Degree.
The Keystone Degree means a lot to Connor and he feels it is a big accomplishment to withhold. After High School Connor plans on going to Stevens Trade School for two years. His advice to future students going for their Keystone is to fill out your AET and don’t procrastinate. Connor has yet to decide if he is going for his American Degree.
Neve feels the keystone degree means the last four years of hard work and dedication have paid off. After high school, Neve plans on going to going for either an Ag Education or an Automotive Technician. Her advice to future Keystone Applicants is to not wait until the last minute to fill in your AET. Neve does not plan on going for her American Degree.
The Keystone Degree means Ryan has reached the second highest award attainable in FFA. After high school he plans on taking over his grandparents farm. His advice for future students running for their Keystone Degree is to make sure their AET is always up to date. Ryan plans on striving for his American Degree.
Rose thinks of the Keystone Degree as a tradition since both of her sisters and father received the award. After High School Rose plans on running for a state FFA Office and then run her family farm. Her advice for future applicants is to cherish it and remember that it is worth it. Rose plans on running for her American Degree.
Left to Right: Sam, Boyd, Shelby, Evan, Lynsey, Wes, Kayla, Connor, Neve, Ryan, Rose.