2010-01-21 / Local & State

FFA Students Recognized At PA Farm Show

Pictured above are students who were recognized at the PA Farm Show. From left: Justin Mellott, Zach Arentz, Justin Fogal and Howard Poole. Pictured above are students who were recognized at the PA Farm Show. From left: Justin Mellott, Zach Arentz, Justin Fogal and Howard Poole. On January 11, Southern Fulton senior Howard Poole was presented with the FFA Keystone Degree. The Keystone Degree is the highest degree bestowed upon an FFA member through the state of Pennsylvania. The only higher degree is the American, which can only be acquired a minimum of one year after graduation from high school. The Keystone Degree is a great honor and shows the hard work and dedication of the FFA student, not only within their local chapter but the Pennsylvania FFA Foundation as well.

Currently a senior, Poole has been a huge asset to the Warfordsburg FFA for the past four years where he is currently serving his second term as Chapter president. Upon graduation, he will be applying for a Pennsylvania FFA state officer position. He was also accepted to Penn State Mont Alto where he plans to pursue a degree in agriculture and extension education and a minor in dairy foods.

Along with the recognition of the 2009-2010 Keystone degree recipients, approximately 150 first-year Pennsylvania FFA members were presented with their own official FFA jacket. Among these students were four Warfordsburg FFA members: Zack Arentz, Justin Fogal, Justin Mellott, and Kenny Winebrenner. Students were chosen based on FFA involvement within their chapters as well as a brief application, including an essay expressing the meaning of the official FFA jacket.

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