High schools earn FFA accolades at state convention
High schools earn FFA accolades at state convention
Posted on 07/18/2018
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Northwest ISD’s high school FFA programs each received accolades at their state organization’s recent convention, capping a strong academic year and preparing for the upcoming school year.

At the 90th annual Texas FFA State Convention, held in Fort Worth from July 9-13, Byron Nelson, Eaton and Northwest students earned some of the event’s top honors. The Lone Star Degree, given to students who are active FFA members for at least two years and reach several standards, is the top degree awarded at the state level and was given to 13 district students.

Byron Nelson students receiving the Lone Star Degree include Hartlie Eddleman, Lauren Hartmann, Jessica Hunter, Haley James, Corynne Turner and Sterling Urrutia. From Eaton, Clayton Lopez became the first student from his school to earn the degree. Northwest students receiving the Lone Star Degree include Mackenzie Fowler, Lindsey Lankford, Katelyn McMahon, Mason Pape, Krista St. John and Jessica White.

One of Byron Nelson’s FFA chapter members received a major recognition of her work, with Kylie Scott earning a $20,000 scholarship from the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. The Houston entity awarded just 70 scholarships from more than 3,000 applicants. Additionally, former Byron Nelson student Andrew Fuller received the American FFA Degree, the top national FFA degree possible.

Eaton’s FFA chapter was represented on the Area V officer team by Keara Renfroe, who helped keep the 322 voting delegates from the area organized and assisted in the delegate caucus to elect new state officer candidates from the area for 2018-19. Lexi Dowdy led the chapter and its three official voting delegates during the convention.

Northwest’s FFA chapter was also represented by Kye Burris, who won the rodeo team roping division with his teammate Cody Schluz of Alvarado. For their victory, each earned prize money, a commemorative buckle and a $1,000 scholarship.

In addition to the schools’ awards, Northwest ISD’s Katrina Sanguras, administrative assistant to the executive director of college and career readiness and innovation, was awarded an Honorary Lone Star Degree for her support of district FFA programs. Area FFA groups annually award a limited number of honorary degrees to those who support their programs and are nominated by local chapters. Byron Nelson counselor Natalie Eddleman also received the honorary degree for her support of the Bobcats’ chapter. Finally, retired Northwest ISD agricultural science teacher Kevin Deal earned an Honorary American FFA Degree.

Byron Nelson’s FFA program is overseen by Mark Goggins, Eaton’s FFA program is overseen by Kristen Stockard and Northwest’s FFA program is overseen by Casey Reid.

The Texas FFA Convention is annually one of the largest events of its kind for high school students in the world. More than 13,000 FFA members were present in Fort Worth for this year’s convention.