The Buena Park FFA Chapter held its 2nd annual Greenhand - Chapter FFA Degree Ceremony earlier this month at Buena Park High School. The purpose of this annual event was to recognize 75 Freshman and 40 members of BPHS agriculture students who were eligible for their FFA Greenhand and Chapter FFA degrees. As students advance in FFA and their agricultural education, they can earn a series of “degrees” that represent their accomplishments. Each FFA degree recognizes a student’s progress in leadership, agricultural education, and their supervised agricultural experience (SAE) program which represent(s) an ownership and/or work experience project(s) in agriculture.
Over 120 students, family, and friends attended this special event. Buena Park FFA Meetings & Banquets Chairman, Tonatiuh Perez opened the meeting and welcomed students, parents, and guests to the ceremony. In addition to the presentation of the FFA degrees, Kelly Cotledge read the FFA Creed before the Greenhand candidates received their degrees.
The members who were eligible the FFA Greenhand degree were given a bronze pin to show their accomplishment as an agriculture student. Requirements of this degree include enrollment in an agriculture class, plans for an SAE program or project, and knowledge and understanding of the FFA organization. The members who were eligible to be awarded with a silver pin to second year agriculture students. Requirements for this degree include being an FFA member for at least one year, being active in a SAE program or project with having 100 hours or 150 dollars in profit, involvement in group discussions and parliamentary law, progress toward individual achievement in the FFA awards program, and a satisfactory scholastic record, have invested 25 hours of community service,.
The Buena Park FFA advisors are committed to building a strong program that gets students involved and providing them with opportunities for scholastic achievement, personal growth, and career success. Although not every student is planning to pursue an education and career directly related to agriculture, the BPHS Agriculture Program and FFA provides students the opportunity to gain valuable skills and experience that will benefit ANY educational path and career.
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