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Hollister FFA Receives Silver and Gold at National Convention | Free News

Members of the Hollister FFA chapter have received recognition in agronomy.

The Hollister FFA Agronomy Team attended the FFA National Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana in October.

The team earned a silver rating, placing 11th overall.

Members of the Hollister team have also done well in their individual competitions.

Competing with 160 other entrants, senior Ian Frazier placed in the top 20. He received a gold rating for his performance.

Hollister High School 2021 graduates Kenneth Ball, Brayden Dennis and Keely Harvey all placed in the top 40 and received silver grades.

Additionally, Danny Parkinson made Chapter history by being the first Hollister FFA student to receive the American FFA Diploma.

According to the FFA website, the American FFA degree is the highest degree obtainable in the national FFA organization. The American FFA credential shows an FFA member’s dedication to their chapter and state FFA association. This demonstrates the efforts of FFA members for their supervised agricultural experience and the exceptional leadership abilities and community involvement they have demonstrated throughout their careers at FFA.

To be eligible to receive the American FFA Diploma from the National FFA Organization, members must be an active “student” member, have graduated from high school at least 12 months prior to the national convention at which the diploma is granted, have a high school academic record of a “C” or better. They must also have participated in at least 50 hours of community service in at least three different service activities, have completed at least 540 hours of secondary agricultural education, have been in business and have kept records to support an experience program exceptional supervised farm and more. The student must also have a record of exceptional leadership abilities and community involvement.

According to the website, American FFA degree winners show promise for the future and have gone above and beyond to achieve excellence.