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Ripon FFA has first national convention delegate in 10 years

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Ripon FFA has first national convention delegate in 10 years

Tyler Hendon Kayleigh Luis (American Degree Recipient) and Emily Hoogendoorn.

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POSTED November 21, 2012 12:49 a.m.

RIPON - The Ripon FFA chapter had a very unique time at this year’s National FFA Convention. Not only were they able to have four members able to attend, one of them, Ty Johns was selected to be a National Convention delegate. Ty is the first member from Ripon to be selected to be a delegate in ten years. While at the convention Ty was able to interact with California and other state officer teams. Ty was also able to meet and work with the National officer team, vote on amendments to the National Constitution, and get to experience a once in a lifetime opportunity. Emily Hoogendoorn and Tyler Hendon were able to attend as general members. Emily and Tyler got the chance to not only see some very unique sights such as Purdue University and the Indianapolis Speedway; they got a chance to experience a whole new level of the FFA program.

Kayleigh Luis attended the convention for a slightly different reason. Kayleigh received the highest level of membership that any member can receive, the American FFA Degree.

Along with Kayleigh five other members from the Ripon FFA received their American Degree but were unable to attend and personally receive it. Those members included Michael Richard Fields, Stefani Ann Hofman, Andrew John Moulyn III, Neil Norman, and Corrine Roberts.  They were recognized for their hard work and dedication to their Supervised Agricultural Experience project. Each member had to catalogue a minimum of $7,500 that was invested into his or her project as well as 2,250 hours beyond scheduled school hours. Members also had to be actively involved in FFA activities at the Chapter, State, and National level. Each member also had to complete a minimum of 50 hours of community service from non FFA activities. By meeting these and other requirements these six graduates obtained the highest FFA degree.

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