On Tuesday, January 28, seven students applied to receive their Greenhand degree. A Greenhand degree is the first degree you can earn in FFA and students must be a freshman or a sophomore. Taylor Standley states, "If students earn this degree, they will receive a pin to put on their jackets, which makes them feel more a part of FFA."
To receive the Greenhand degree, an FFA member should be in good standing, enrolled in a vocational education course for an agricultural occupation as well as earn and explain the FFA Creed, Motto, Salute, and the FFA Mission Statement. They should also be able to describe the FFA emblem and its colors, and symbols. Students need to have knowledge of FFA history, official dress, jacket, and other duties/responsibilities. The applying member has a short interview with judges where their knowledge is assessed. When Standley was asked if earning a Greenhand degree is important. She said, "Yes because it helps students feel accomplished and confident to continue working on their SAE projects." She also said the more kids who receive this degree the stronger our chapter becomes.
This year Jake Chulyak received the star Greenhand and the alternate is Morgan Anderson. Jake will attend National Convention this coming fall on a trip paid for by the Chapter Alumni. Other students who also received their Greenhand degree this year were Rylee Swartz, Adelle Thomasson, Ashley Young, Coltyn LaRue, and Emily Prather.