Recent Ste. Genevieve High School graduate Mary Skaggs, of the Ste. Genevieve FFA chapter, this spring received the State FFA Degree — the highest degree members can earn at the state level.
Skaggs is one of 760 degree recipients who received the honor during the State FFA Degree Ceremony at the 91st Missouri FFA Convention. The annual convention was April 25 and 26 at the Hearnes Center in Columbia.
The honor is bestowed based on a member’s supervised agricultural experience program in agribusiness or production agriculture and leadership ability as demonstrated through involvement in FFA, school and community activities. The State FFA Degree award charms are sponsored by MFA Inc., of Columbia.
Skaggs has been involved in FFA and its national association all four years of high school.
She has served as historian, chapter president and area parliamentarian for FFA. She has also earned the Greenhand Degree and the Chapter Degree in addition to the State Degree.
She also has been involved in Students Against Destructive Decisions, Future Teachers of America, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and Girls Taking Action.
“The State FFA Degree is the highest recognition a state can award, representing 3 percent of the total Missouri FFA membership per year,” said State FFA advisor Leon Busdieker.
The Missouri FFA has 25,375 members representing 347 chapters.
(Information in a release from the Ste. Genevieve R-II School District.)