FFA Golden State Degree recipient’s
|Susanville FFA members Keenan Graham, left, Kimberly Neely, Morgan Pickett, Cheyenne Osborn and Ginger Miller recently received their Golden State Degree. Photo submitted|
March 27, 2013 — On Thursday March 21, six members from the Susanville FFA Chapter were awarded the Golden State degree. A reception and the ceremony were held at California State University, Chico. More than 600 people attended this prestigious event, which honored the work and dedication of many north-state agriculture students.
Local students who earned their degrees are Rylie Egan, Keenan Graham, Ginger Miller, Kim Neely, Cheyenne Osborn and Morgan Pickett.
Egan is a third year member of the Susanville FFA chapter and is the daughter of Joe and Dawn Egan.
Her FFA Supervised Agricultural Experience project consists of raising market cattle and working on her family’s cattle and hay operation. She has earned and invested more than $10,000 and worked more than 500 hours on these projects.
Graham is also a third year member and is the son of Shareen Packard and Keith Sullivan.
His Supervised Agricultural Experience consists of raising numerous market hogs, including showing of an impressive three grand champions. His earnings totaled more than $6,000 and he has worked 540 hours on his SAE projects.
Miller is the daughter of Nancy and Chris Miller. She has been a member for three years and raises market steers and purebred Beefmaster breeding cattle.
Miller has netted more than $5,300 and worked 700 hours.
Neely is a junior and a third year member of the chapter. She is the daughter of Darin and Yvette Neely.
She has been raising market rabbits for several years and has yielded two champion pens. She also manages her grandmother’s small sheep operation.
Neely has earned more than $2,700 and 500 plus hours in her FFA projects.
Cheyenne Osborn is the daughter of Troy and Amiee Osborn. She has been raising quality meat goats for several years and has earned and invested $1,180. Osborn was also recognized as the Star Sectional Reporter for the Intermountain FFA Section.
Pickett is an FFA officer and a third year member and is the daughter of Jason and Melissa Pickett.
Pickett has raised market steers, a breeding heifer and works for local ranches. She has earned more than $2,300 and worked 640 hours.
Some of the requirements for receiving the Golden State Degree include earning and investing at least $1,000, working at least 500 hours on their projects, understanding parliamentary law, have proficient speaking abilities, participate in 25 hours of community service and be active in the FFA at the local, regional and state level.
Approximately 4 percent of California's 70,000 FFA members receive this degree each year.
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