Cypress, Texas (August 16, 2013)—Fourteen students of the Cypress Woods FFA chapter were awarded the Lone Star FFA Degree at the 85th annual Texas FFA State Convention, held July 8-12 in Dallas.
The Lone Star FFA Degree is the highest degree bestowed by the Texas FFA and only two other schools in Texas received more state degree recipients than Cypress Woods this year.
Cypress Woods FFA members who received their state degree were Emaleigh Esterak, Stephanie Halbert, Cody Keilers, Megan Kubecka, Jordann May, Monica McClellan, Hayley Mock, Mikayla Mott, Samantha Rayne, Faith Schmidt, Kacie Treichel, Jamie White, Joshua Winkelmann and Katelyn Wishkoski.
“The CFISD ag-science program whole-heartedly embraces and incorporates the FFA principles,” said Denise Kubecka, coordinator for career and technical education. “Students in these classes are exposed to many leadership and personal growth exercises and opportunities. The ag-science program at Cypress Woods High School exemplifies this desire to bring out the best in our students.”
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 program, demonstrated their leadership skills and shown a commitment to the FFA through involvement at the chapter level and above.
The 85th annual Texas FFA State Convention recorded more than 11,000 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 Rodeo Finals were also held in conjunction with the convention and Cypress Woods High School was represented by Kelsey Supak and Caitlin Quinlan in Barrel Racing and Breakaway Roping. Supak placed fifth in the first round of breakaway roping with a time of 4.2 and third place in the second round with a 3.0, which ranked her fourth in the overall average.