McKINNEY (Aug. 6, 2014) — Wyatt Steele of the McKinney Boyd FFA Chapter was awarded the Lone Star FFA Degree at the 86th annual Texas FFA State Convention held July 14-18 in Fort Worth. The Lone Star FFA Degree is the highest degree bestowed by the Texas FFA.

The Lone Star FFA Degree recognizes FFA members who have received the Chapter degree, been active FFA members for at least two years, complete at least four semesters of agricultural science at or above the ninth grade level, maintain a supervised agricultural experience (SAE) program, demonstrate their leadership skills and show a commitment to the FFA through involvement at the chapter level and above. Wyatt Steele was one of more than 2,200 FFA members receiving this esteemed degree, a number which represents only 2 percent of Texas FFA membership.

Wyatt Steele of the McKinney Boyd FFA Chapter receives his FFA Lone Star Degree at the 86th annual Texas FFA State Convention. The Lone Star FFA Degree is the highest degree bestowed by the Texas FFA.

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Wyatt Steele of the McKinney Boyd FFA Chapter receives his FFA Lone Star Degree at the 86th annual Texas FFA State Convention. The Lone Star FFA Degree is the highest degree bestowed by the Texas FFA.

 

“Wyatt started as a Junior FFA member with me and showed so much dedication and heart his first year, I knew he would go far,” said Sharron Bigham, Agriculture Science teacher at McKinney Boyd High School. “His love for the program has continued to grow, and this is just a small milestone in his future.”

The 86th annual Texas FFA State Convention recorded more than 11,000 members and guests. Members of the 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.

The Texas FFA has evolved from an organization focusing primarily on production agriculture, to a broader-based encompassing organization that addresses the needs and interests of students in urban and suburban schools in addition to the rural communities from which FFA rose in 1929. The organization is dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.

The Texas FFA is the nation’s largest state FFA association with a membership of more than 104,000 members and 1,045 local FFA chapters. 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 texasffa.org

Information provided by Texas FFA Association. For additional information on McKinney ISD, contact Shane Mauldin, MISD Communications Coordinator, at 469-302-4007 or smauldin@mckinneyisd.net.

 

About McKinney ISD

One of the fastest growing school districts in Texas, the McKinney Independent School District currently enrolls more than 24,750 students in 20 elementary schools, five middle schools, three high schools, four alternative schools and one early childhood education school. The mission of McKinney ISD, the champion for progressive learning throughout the diverse McKinney community, is to inspire and equip all students to explore, develop and express their unique potential as innovators, critical thinkers and collaborators through challenging, engaging and diverse learning experiences in vital partnership with the community. Visit the district's website at mckinneyisd.net.