The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

June 1, 2013

5 Burlington students receive top honor

By Sarah Garvie, Burlington FFA reporter
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — The State FFA Degree is the highest degree of membership that can be bestowed upon an Oklahoma FFA member.

Five Burlington FFA seniors received this prestigious degree at the Oklahoma State FFA Convention. Those members are Caleb Baker, Katelyn Garvie, Brandon Gosselin, Lane Newlin and Tiffany Rieger.

To qualify for the State FFA Degree members must have first received their Greenhand and chapter FFA degrees and have completed at least two years of instruction in agricultural education. Students also must have an outstanding Supervised Agricultural Experience Program earning a net profit of at least $2,000, productively invested at least $2,000 and have a minimum equity in agricultural investments of $2,000.

Only 715 of the more than 24,000 Oklahoma FFA members have advanced through the Discovery, Greenhand and Chapter Degrees to earn the state honor. Garvie, Gosselin and Rieger also were awarded the Academic Excellence citation for their academic record.

Burlington FFA members Sarah Garvie and Lexi Clark won first and third place in the State FFA Greenhand quiz contest during Oklahoma FFA Career Development Events at Oklahoma State University on April 27.

The Greenhand quiz event is designed for freshman FFA members. It is an examination of the FFA manual, FFA New Horizons, FFA Student Handbook and the state FFA Constitution. They join the list of 11 consecutive Burlington FFA members who have qualified for the State Greenhand Quiz.

Six members of Burlington FFA were selected to perform at the 87th State FFA Convention as part of the FFA chorus.

They are Jonathan Armbruster, Caleb Baker, Marshall Burnet, Jacobi Cox, Brandon Gosselin and Carter Stewart.

Stan Kingma, of Roanoke, Va., selected 104 FFA from 67 chapters to perform throughout the convention. The chorus also sang for the Oklahoma Legislature at the state Capitol as guests of state Rep. Mike Jackson, a former Burlington FFA member and state chorus participant.