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Members from the Perrin FFA chapter attended the 86th annual Texas FFA State Convention held July 14-18 in Fort Worth, Texas.

Perrin FFA members who attended the convention are: Eric Hall, Katie Blakeley, Maddison Richardson, Kali Parker, Jared Holmes, Hunter Francis, Kaily Hamman, and Lily Hodges.

More than $2 million in scholarships were awarded to FFA members and more than 2,200 members received the Lone Star FFA Degree, the highest degree of active membership bestowed by a state FFA association. Those awarded with their Lone Star FFA Degree from Perrin were Eric Hall, Katie Blakeley, Kaily Hamman, Kali Parker, and Lily Hodges.

The Lone Star FFA Degree recognizes FFA members who have received the Chapter degree, been active FFA members for at least two years, complete at least four semesters of agricultural science at or above the ninth grade level, maintain a supervised agricultural experience (SAE) program, demonstrate their leadership skills and show a commitment to the FFA through involvement at the chapter level and above.

Members also competed for state titles in public speaking and agriscience events. In the interest of premier leadership, personal growth and career success, the Texas FFA Association also offered an opportunity for students to compete in the fourth annual Spanish Creed Speaking Invitational Event.

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The Creed delivery and the five-minute question-answer period were conducted entirely in Spanish.
Members heard from Senator Dan Patrick, as well as motivational speakers Gabe Salazar and Dr. Lowell Catlett. The Casey Donahew Band, Texas country music artists, also performed exclusively for FFA members.

The 86th annual Texas FFA State Convention broke the all-time attendance record for any other state convention with more than 12,300 members and guests. Members of the agricultural youth leadership organization spent the week attending leadership workshops, participating in events and activities, being recognized for their achievements and serving as the legislative body for the Texas FFA Association.

The Texas FFA has evolved from an organization focusing primarily on production agriculture, to a broader-based encompassing organization that addresses the needs and interests of students in urban and suburban schools in addition to the rural communities from which FFA rose in 1929. The organization is dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.
The Texas FFA is the nation’s largest state FFA association with a membership of more than 104,000 members and 1,045 local FFA chapters. FFA gives students the opportunity to apply practical classroom knowledge to real world experiences through local, state and national competitions. For more information about the Texas FFA visit www.texasffa.org.