The State FFA Degree is the highest degree a member of the California FFA Association can earn. This year recipients are:
Thomas(Joshua)Cooley Layla Duran Jalie Grundt Jimena Acosta Samantha Garcia Rigoberto Hurtado Carson Jennings
Mandi Murrieta Erick Perez Gerardo Perez Juan Carlos Pimentel Vazquez Jasmine Ramos Issac Ruddell Lilliana Valdez
Taken from the State FFA Constitution and Bylaws:
The California State FFA Degree: This is the highest degree in the California FFA Association. This degree demonstrates that the student has put an exceptional amount of time into their Supervised Agriculture Experience, developed their Leadership skills, and provided service to their Community. A full list of requirements for the degree can be found here. The requirements of this degree are:
Have Received a Chapter FFA Degree.
Have been an active FFA member for at least two years (24 months) at the time of receiving the State FFA Degree
Have completed at least 2 years (360 hours) of systematic school instruction in agricultural education at our above the ninth grade level, which includes an SAE.
Have earned and productively invested at least $1000 and worked at least 300 hours in excess of scheduled class time, in a supervised agricultural experience program. The combination of hours and earnings multiplied by a factor of 3.33 must be equal to or greater than the number 1,000.
Demonstrated leadership ability by performing 10 parliamentary law procedures, giving a six-minute speech on a topic relating to agriculture or FFA, and serving as an FFA officer, committee chairperson, or committee member.
Have a satisfactory academic record, certified by the agriculture teacher and the school principal or superintendent.
Participated in the planning and implementation of the chapter’s Program of Activities.
As of April 1, have completed ten activities above the chapter level in at least three of six different categories: leadership development events, career development events, conventions and meetings, project shows, student awards, and leadership and service as described in policies adopted by the Board of Directors.
Complete at least 25 hours of community service in a minimum of two different activities. All community service hours are cumulative, i.e. the 10 community service hours used to obtain the chapter degree can be used toward the state degree.