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FFA students named National Finalists, earn American Degree

SHS FFA group  Sumner High School’s FFA students are making quite the mark at the national level. They’ll compete and receive degrees at the FFA National Convention next month in Indianapolis.

National Finalists
Congratulations to these 12 students for their winning reports, which were judged by a panel of agriculture educators and industry professionals in July.

  • Emily Olson (11): Effect of Washing Techniques on Bacteria Growth of Lettuce
  • Nazaaha Penick & Sierra Blair (12): Honey Solution as an Alternative Preservative
  • Kayce Harris (11): Differences in Sugar Content of Conventional and Organic Produce 
  • Natalie Hudson (2019 grad): The Effect Urbanization and Carbon Dioxide Levels on the of pH Level of Water in the Puget Sound
  •  Kalista Wales & Adeline Rang (12): The Effect of Biofiltration on Coho Salmon 
  •  Emily Maske & Haylie Jones (10): Made in the USA: Consumer Preferences on Agricultural Products 
  •  Chance Roberts (11): Hydroelectricity 
  •  Ethan Cox & Aidan Dumas (12): How Agritourism Can Help Save Small Scale Farms 

American FFA Degree
SHS 2018 grads Hannah Giddings and Kate Harris have been awarded the American FFA Degree, the organization’s highest honor that fewer than 1 percent of all FFA members earn. In fact, Hannah and Kate are the only degree recipients in the Puget Sound area!

Because of the extraordinary honor, requirements to qualify for and earn the American FFA Degree are lengthy and impressive:

  • Graduated high school a full calendar year before the National Convention
  • Three years enrollment in agricultural education classes and membership in FFA
  • Earned State Degree
  • Earned or invested $10,000 in their Supervised Agricultural Experience projects
  • Participated in at least 50 hours of community service 

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