Sugar Valley Charter students receive state’s top FFA honors

Reaching new heights

PHOTO PROVIDED Three SVFCS FFA students received Keystones, the state’s highest FFA degree. They are shown, from left, Thea Homan, Haili Frank and Naaman Conoway, shown with advisors, Chuck Bechdel, left and Robbie Weaver.

LOGANTON — Three students from the SVRCS FFA received the state’s highest FFA degree on Jan. 8 at the Pennsylvania State Farm Show.

Receiving Keystones were Haili Frank, Thea Homan and Naaman Conoway.

Attaining this goal requires up to four years of effort, through leadership development, SAE involvement, and participation in FFA activities both in school and in the community. The SAE (Supervised Agricultural Experience) involves a student keeping records on some sort of project. These projects could be raising animals to show or breed, growing crops, either garden or field, being in the work force, working on a research problem, or tracking a project in the school.

Also, the FFA Alumni awards official FFA jackets to aspiring freshmen members.

The SVRCS FFA members receiving jackets this year were Coehen Homan and Isaiah Conoway.

The members must complete an application explaining what the Jacket means to them, describing what agriculture means to them, and their goals while participating in FFA. Each year over 600 applicants apply within the state, this year 420 were awarded.

Advisors are Chuck Bechdel and Robbie Weaver, both teachers at Sugar Valley Rural Charter School.