Award Recognitions


Hardin-Jefferson FFA Members Attend Texas FFA Convention in Corpus Christi

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Members from the Hardin-Jefferson FFA chapter attended the 87th annual Texas FFA State Convention held July 13-17 in Corpus Christi.

Hardin-Jefferson FFA members who attended the convention are: Charis Phelps, Austin Copeland, Shelby Seymour, Cara Hood, Ethan Riess, Kaylee Griffin, Jass Gilfillian, Jake More, and Logan Bottoms.

 

More than $2 million in scholarships were awarded to FFA members and more than 2,500 members received the Lone Star FFA Degree, the highest degree of active membership bestowed by a state FFA association. More than 2,000 members were recognized on stage for their accomplishments. 

Members also competed for state titles in public speaking and agriscience events. In the interest of premier leadership, personal growth and career success, the Texas FFA Association also offered an opportunity for students to compete in the fourth annual Spanish Creed Speaking Invitational Event. The Creed delivery and the five-minute question-answer period were conducted entirely in Spanish. 

Members heard from Melvin Adams, Jim Bob Solsbery, as well as Commissioner Sid Miller and Governor Greg Abbott. The Cody Johnson Band, Texas country music artist, also performed exclusively for FFA members. 

The 87th annual Texas FFA State Convention recorded approximately 12,000 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 is the nation’s largest state FFA association with a membership of more than 109,000 members and 1,032 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 www.texasffa.org


Charis Phelps of the Hardin-Jefferson FFA Chapter Serves as Foundation Ambassador

Greg Abbot & Charis Phelps

Charis Phelps, of the Hardin-Jefferson FFA Chapter served as a Texas FFAFoundation

Ambassador at the 87th annual Texas FFA State Convention held July 13-17 in Corpus Christi.

Phelps was one of 50 FFA members selected to serve as a Foundation Ambassador. The Foundation Ambassador program serves as the official liaison to sponsors, special guests and dignitaries on behalf of the Texas FFA during the annual Texas FFA Convention. 

Ambassadors went through a competitive application process, and once selected they received an extensive two-day training specifically focused on donor relations, personal skills development and professional networking. Foundation Ambassadors studied the history of the Texas FFA Association, Texas FFA Foundation and the records of sponsors’ commitments to agricultural education and the Texas FFA. 

Many Ambassadors were matched up with representatives from the Texas FFA Foundation’s corporate sponsors and individual donors while others assisted in the logistics of the annual VIP Breakfast or helped organize sponsors’ availability for stage appearances during convention general sessions. 

Ken Abney, Courtney Wilson, & Liz Gallier of Hardin-Jefferson ISD Receives Honorary Lone Star FFA Degree

Ken Abney, Courtney Wilson, and Liz Gallier, of Hardin-Jefferson ISD, was awarded Mr. Abney & Ms. Wilsonthe Honorary Lone Star FFA Degree at the 87th annual Texas FFA State Convention held July 13-17 in Corpus Christi.  The Honorary Lone Star FFA Degree is the highest honorary degree bestowed by the Texas FFA.

The Honorary Lone Star FFA Degree recognizes individuals who have rendered outstanding service to agricultural education and the Texas FFA. Abney, Wilson, Gallier, was three of 200 individuals receiving this esteemed honorary degree.







 Jake Moore, Josie Moore, and Jass Gilfillian of the Hardin-Jefferson FFA Chapter Receives Lone Star FFA Degree

Jass Lone StarJake Moore, Josie Moore, and Jass Gilfillian, of the Hardin-Jefferson FFA Chapter, was awarded the Lone Star FFA Degree in at the 87th annual Texas FFA Convention in Corpus Christi, Texas.  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, completed at least four semesters of agricultural science at or above the ninth grade level, maintained a supervised agricultural experience (SAE) program, demonstrated their leadership skills and has shown a commitment to the FFA through involvement at the chapter level and above. Jake, Josie, and Jass was three of more than 2,500 FFA members to receive this esteemed degree.

Hardin-Jefferson FFA Receives National Chapter Rating at Texas FFA State Convention

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The Hardin-Jefferson FFA Chapter received the prestigious Gold Emblem rating at the 87th annual Texas FFA State Convention held July 13-17 in Corpus Christi, Texas. 

The Gold Emblem rating is only bestowed upon the top 10 percent of FFA chapters in Texas. Gold Emblem FFA chapters advance to the national level to be judged for the National FFA Chapter Contest.

Chapters that received the Gold Emblem rating actively implemented the FFA mission and strategies. These chapters improve their operations by using a Program of Activities, which emphasizes student, chapter, and community development. 

*UPDATE: 
National Chapter Rating*

Hardin Jefferson FFA has been ranked as the 17th chapter in the state of Texas and is recognized as a golden chapter...we received these honors this year at the Texas FFA Convention in Corpus Christi. Our chapter is not only recognized at the state level but on the national level as well... I'm proud to say that the National FFA Organization has designated that the Hardin Jefferson FFA as a 2 star program!!! (Nationals has a ranking system of 1 star, 2 star, and 3 star for chapters... less then 300 schools from all across the nation are recognized by the National FFA)  This is very exciting for our program and we hope that next year we will be recognized again by National FFA but hopefully as a 3 star program!! 

Logan Bottoms of the Hardin-Jefferson FFA Chapter Competes in State Rodeo Finals

Logan Bottoms

Logan Bottoms, of the Hardin-Jefferson FFA chapter, placed 1st in Bull Riding at Texas FFA Rodeo Finals at the 87th annual Texas FFA State Convention held July 13-17 in Corpus Christi.








 

Shelby Seymour of the Hardin-Jefferson FFA Chapter Competes in State Prepared Public Speaking Contest

Shelby Seymour
Shelby Seymour, of the Hardin-JeffersonFFA chapter, placed 3rd in the Texas FFA Prepared Public Speaking Contest at the 87th annual Texas FFA State Convention held July 14-18 in Corpus Christi, Texas. 

To qualify for the state competition, Seymour advanced through one of 57 district competitions in the state and finished as an area winner or runner-up. 

Participants prepare and present a six-to-eight minute speech about a current agricultural topic. Speakers present before a panel of judges and participate in a five-minute question-answer series designed to test the student’s knowledge of the chosen subject matter.  

Jake Moore of Hardin-Jefferson FFA is Named Texas FFA Star Award Winner

Jake MooreJake Moore, of the Hardin-Jefferson FFA Chapter, has been named the Star Lone Star in (Star Agribusiness. Star award winners were recognized at the 87th annual Texas FFA State Convention held July 13-17 in Corpus Christi.

The state award winner in each category will receive a $1,000 Dina Wallrath-Robertson Memorial Star Scholarship made available by the Texas FFA Foundation. Star Awards are given at each degree level in four categories: Placement, Production, Agribusiness and Agriscience. 

FFA Stars are chosen based on the most outstanding Supervised Agriculture Experience Program within their respective degree and category. Winners maintain a comprehensive record keeping system to help justify and explain their Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) project.

Casey Chesnutt of the Hardin-Jefferson FFA Chapter Competes in State Talent Contest



Casey Chesnutt, of the Hardin-Jefferson FFA chapter, participated in the Texas FFA Talent Contest at the 87th annual Texas FFA State Convention held July 13-17 in Corpus Christi.

To qualify for the state competition, Chesnutt advanced through one of 57 district competitions in the state and finished as an area winner.

Chesnutt was unable to participate in person due to his commitment to the US Marines, but the Texas Association allowed him to participate in the convention via video. Hardin-Jefferson FFA is proud to have Casey represent our chapter and is thankful for his service to our country.