Cambridge FFA presents degree recipients

Mindy Carls
Cambridge FFA students receiving chapter degrees on Saturday, April 24, are, in front from left, Hailey Casteel, Lexi Kessinger, Morgan Bowers, Carmen Stahl, Adah Smutzer, Rachel Stropes, Brooklyn Humphrey and Kendra Downing, and in back, Larissa Swanson, Zoey Larson, Paige Leander, Jake Johnson, Kaden Larson and Ella Jeffries. Downing was named STAR Chapter member
Juniors in Cambridge FFA who earned the Chapter degree in a previous year were presented with certificates on Saturday, April 24. From left, they are Kassidy Cooper, Grace Hanson and Carson Nodine. Not present were Morgan Palmer, Kasey Carey and Kyle Nimrick
Cambridge FFA students recognized on Saturday, April 24, for earning State FFA degrees this summer are, from left, Cameron Pace, Colton Stahl, Annie Johnson, Jarrett Lund and Brant Casteel. Johnson was named the Section 3 STAR Farmer.
Cambridge FFA members receiving Greenhand degrees on Saturday, April 24, are in front from left, Isabel Cooper, Taylor Pace, Miranda Reed, Madison Harrell and Ryle Catour, and in back, Piper Lewis, Jack Jewett, Shaniya Brown and Taylor Snook. Reed was named STAR Greenhand
Cambridge FFA’s Logan Nodine will receive the American FFA degree at the national convention this October. He was recognized at the awards banquet on Saturday, April 24.

Cambridge FFA recognized recipients of Greenhand, Chapter, state and American degrees at the awards banquet on Saturday, April 24, at Cambridge High School.

Receiving Greenhand degrees were 17 students enrolled in ag classes. They were Miranda Reed, Taylor Snook, Jack Jewett, Taylor Pace, Piper Lewis, Madison Harrell, Malcolm Secymore, Jace Norin, Bel Cooper, Connor Helms, Ryle Catour, Andrew Herring, Jace Swanson, Shaniya Brown, Preston Moriarity, Garrett Vincent and Aiden Carlson.

The group included students in the state-qualifying Conduct of Chapter Meetings team, as well as top participants in agronomy and livestock contests, but only one could receive the STAR Greenhand award.

That person was Miranda Reed.

Students receiving Chapter degrees were Kendra Downing, Brooklyn Humphrey, Rachel Stropes, Gavin McDonough, Ella Jeffries, Kaden Larson, Carmen Stahl, Adan Smutzer, Larissa Swanson, Hannah Beck, Jake Johnson, Morgan Bowers, Lexi Kessinger, Brendan Stromquist, Paige Palmer, Zoey Larson, Hailey Casteel, Molly Bennett and Paige Leander.

Kendra Downing was named STAR Chapter member.

Six juniors who qualified for Chapter degrees in 2020 received certificates of membership. They were Kassidy Cooper, Grace Hanson, Carson Nodine, Morgan Palmer, Kasey Carey and Kyle Nimrick.

State FFA degrees, the highest degree the Illinois FFA can award, were presented to Annie Johnson, Jarrett Lund, Colton Stahl, Brant Casteel and Cameron Pace. They will receive state FFA degrees at the convention this summer.

Johnson was the Section 3 STAR Farmer.

One student, Logan Nodine, received the American FFA degree, the highest honor the national organization can bestow. He will receive it at the national convention this fall.

To comply with COVID-19 restrictions, box lunches with grilled pork chops were served instead of a buffet dinner.

Special guests were Carrie Boelens, Cambridge school board member, and State Rep. Dan Swanson (R-Alpha).

Illinois FFA president Lexi Mueller of the Valmeyer FFA chapter gave the keynote address. She urged students to focus on what makes them unique, rather than trying to do everything.

Miranda Reed and Taylor Pace recited the FFA creed for the audience.