Two Royse City FFA members earn prestigious Lone Star degrees

(ROYSE CITY, TX – August 12, 2015) Cooper Gilliland and Madilyn Berry, members of the Royse City Future Farmers of America Chapter, were awarded the Lone Star FFA Degree during the recent 87th annual Texas FFA Convention in Corpus Christi.

The Lone Star FFA Degree is the highest degree bestowed by the Texas FFA.

The Lone Star FFA Degree recognizes FFA members who have received the Chapter degree, been active FFA members for at least two years, completed at least four semesters of agricultural science at or above the ninth grade level, maintained a supervised agricultural experience (SAE) program, demonstrated their leadership skills and has shown a commitment to the FFA through involvement at the chapter level and above. Gilliland and Berry were among more than 2,500 FFA members to receive this esteemed degree.

The 87th annual Texas FFA State Convention recorded approximately 12,000 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 is the nation’s largest state FFA association with a membership of more than 109,000 members and 1,032 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

Submitted by Jo Nell Mellody, Community Relations & Education Foundation Director, Royse City ISD.

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