MEYERSDALE - Five Meyersdale Area High School FFA students received their Keystone degrees at the Pennsylvania FFA Mid-Winter Convention, held in conjunction with the 106th annual Pennsylvania Farm Show, held earlier this month.
Cathleen Deal, Faith Decker, Karaha Snyder, Trevor Donaldon and Alexia Laws now join the elite ranks of just four percent of Pennsylvania FFA members to qualify for this honor. In order to qualify for the Keystone Degree, these special students have demonstrated leadership abilities and earned or productively invested at least $1,000 and/or worked at least 300 hours in a supervised agricultural experience program.
Laws serves as the MAHS FFA Chapter; Donaldson serves as 2nd Vice President; and Snyder is Secretary.
The state FFA degree, called the Keystone in Pennsylvania, is the highest degree that can be bestowed on an FFA member at the state level. Earning a Keystone Degree requires up to four years of effort, through leadership development and participation in FFA activities both in school and in the community. Recipients of the Keystone Degree are considered to be the top members of the Pennsylvania FFA Association, and are chosen through extensive records of supervised agricultural experiences submitted by the applicant. Applicants must also meet a number of other requirements, including academic record. Applications are reviewed by a local committee before being sent for final verification from a state committee.
MAHS FFA Chapter Advisor Doreen Jamison said these students are most deserving of this distinction and the chapter and school district are proud of their outstanding work.