Last week, on Friday, May 6th, three Ayersville FFA Members received their State FFA Degree at the 94th Ohio FFA State Convention. This is a high achievement earned by less than 2% of all FFA members across the state, and each recipient put in many hours of hard work and an application to receive this honor. To obtain the State FFA Degree, students must have earned or invested $2,500 in their Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) projects, be involved with the FFA Chapter, and completed 25 hours of community service.
The 2022 Ayersville State Degree recipients were Daniel Hinojosa, Luke Schroeder, and Aidan Smith. Hinojosa is currently serving as the FFA Chapter President, and his SAE projects consisted of working at Cooper Farms and Jacob's Meats, accumulating over 500 hours of paid work.
Schroeder is a past FFA Officer and highly involved in chapter activities. His SAE is in forage production, grain production, breeding heifers, breeding sheep, and farm work. Between his combined projects Luke has generated over $30,000 of investments and profits.
Smith is currently serving as the FFA Chapter Treasurer. In Aidan's paid placement SAE, he has worked installing drainage tile in fields and also works at Arp's Hardware Lawn Garden Center. Smith has generated over 500 working hours.
21 of Ayerville FFA Members also attended the State Convention, had a good time, and cheered them on as they walked across the stage in front of 8,000 attendees. In the fall, their names will be added to the State Degree wall outside of the Ag Room.