FFA students get state FFA degree

By Lenny C. Lepola - newsguy@ee.net

Members of Big Walnut/Delaware Area Career Center FFA continue to earn accolades leading up to the May 5 and 6 Ohio FFA Convention.

Big Walnut High School ag science teacher and FFA adviser Jeff Stimmell recently reported that BW/DACC FFA reporter Gabby Adair completed a scrapbook with the assistance of Meghann Hale that was submitted at the regional level and received the Silver Emblem.

Stimmell also noted that Alex Brown, Ali Carter and Ethan Hale all had their Ohio FFA state degree applications approved and will be receiving their awards at the Ohio FFA state convention.

“This is the highest degree the state FFA can give to a student,” Stimmell said. “In addition, I learned that Kristen Hill, a 2015 graduate of Big Walnut and FFA member, was approved by the state committee for the American FFA degree.”

Stimmell said Hill’s application had been forwarded to the national level where it will be evaluated again.

“The American FFA degree is the highest FFA degree in the nation,” Stimmell said. “We’re very proud of all of her accomplishments, and the other students’ hard work and accomplishments.”

Stimmell also noted that two Big Walnut students, Alex Brown and Evan Thiergartner, placed in the top four in the state in the outdoor recreation and equine science and entrepreneurship proficiency award areas.

“Both students competed in this award area last year, so it’s very exciting to see them get this honor,” Stimmell said. “In addition, Ali Carter completed an application for small animal production and care, and Noah Hale completed an application for agricultural sales-placement. While these two were not named state finalists, they both placed first in our district, which is also an incredible honor.”

By Lenny C. Lepola


Lenny C. Lepola can be reached at 614-266-6093.

Lenny C. Lepola can be reached at 614-266-6093.