2009-01-22 / Local & State

FR Members Receive FFA Keystone Degrees

Pictured above, left: Evan Brant, Cody Buterbaugh and Cortnee Henry are congratulated for receiving their FFA degree by PA Department of Agriculture Secretary Dennis Wolff, left, and Sen. Michael Brubaker, right. Pictured above, left: Evan Brant, Cody Buterbaugh and Cortnee Henry are congratulated for receiving their FFA degree by PA Department of Agriculture Secretary Dennis Wolff, left, and Sen. Michael Brubaker, right. Forbes Road FFA Chapter last week traveled to the Farm Show complex to watch Evan Brant, Cody Buterbaugh and Cortnee Henry receive their FFA Keystone degrees.

The Keystone Degree is the highest state degree an FFA member can receive. Evan, Cody and Cortnee worked very hard and spent a lot of hours working to get this degree for the past four or five years by working on their supervised agricultural experience (SAE) projects and completing their record books.

Evan's SAE project was done on all his work and hours spent raising his herd of dairy cows that are part of his family's dairy farm. In November, Evan was chosen as FFA's Southcentral Region Star in agricultural production for his exemplary project. Cody's SAE projects were done on the time he spent raising his goats and steers for the Fulton County Fair. Cortnee's SAE project was keeping records on the steers that she raises every year for the Fulton County Fair. Last August, her steer was named grand champion at the Fulton County Fair.

Evan and Cortnee have also been actively working on their SAE projects longer than most FFA members in the state. Most FFA members start their projects in ninth or 10th grade, but both of them started keeping their records as eighth-graders.

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