Several East Knox FFA members received their state FFA Degrees. From left, are, Austin Warner, Austin Hinson, DanRoten, Winnie Hinson, Luke Wells, Dylan Baker and Jake Jessee.
HOWARD — At the 85th annual Ohio FFA Convention held May 2 and 3 in the Celeste Center at the Ohio Expo Center, East Knox High School seniors Austin Warner, Dylan Baker, Jake Jessee and juniors Luke Wells, Winnie Hinson and Dan Roten received their State FFA Degrees. This is the highest degree that an FFA member can receive on the state-level and is earned by only about two percent of the state membership. To receive this award the members had to complete the 14-page degree application, then submit it to the county and district level before the final evaluation at the state level.
Requirements for the degree include earning at least $3,000 from entrepreneurial projects or working at least 1,000 hours and earning a minimum of $4,000 from job placement projects, serving as an FFA officer or committee member, participating in FFA career development events on the state-level, completing school and community activities, having a satisfactory grade point average and having at least 93 percent attendance at school.
Baker’s SAE projects include job placement at Lynn’s Mower, Stockberger Farms and Keegon Diesel, as well as various home improvements. He served as the 2012-2013 East Knox FFA Student Advisor, was a member of the 3rd place State Rural Soils CDE Team, 3rd place State Ag Mechanics CDE Team and was an officer on the Parliamentary Procedure Team. He has attended the State FFA Convention, Washington Leadership Conference, State 212/360 Conference and District Officer Training. Baker has played baseball and has completed many hours of community service projects. Dylan will be attending the University of Northwestern Ohio in the fall, majoring in agriculture diesel and class 8 diesels and trucks.
Austin Hinson’s SAE projects include market steers and various home improvement projects. He was a member of the 14th place State Tractor Trouble Shooting CDE in 2012 and was a member of the 4th place State Forestry CDE Team. He was an officer on the Parliamentary Procedure Team. He attended State FFA Convention and District Officer Training. Hinson has played and lettered in football and completed many hours of community service. He will be attending Owens State Community College for John Deere Tech in the fall and will continue working for John Deere.
Jake Jessee works at Wilson Farms as a farmhand and welder and has completed many home improvement projects as part of his SAE. He was a member of the 3rd place State Rural Soils CDE team that represented Ohio in the National Contest in Oklahoma this year. He was a member of the 3rd place State AG Mechanics Team, competed in the State Outdoor Power Equipment CDE, State General Livestock CDE and State Meats CDE. Jessee attended the State and National Conventions, District Officer Training, served as vice president of his 4-H Club, and completed several hours of community service projects.
In addition to completing home improvement projects, Austin Warner’s SAE includes working at LBJ Drilling and operating his own wood cutting business. He has attended the State COLT Conference, District Officer Training and State Leadership Night. Warner has competed in Urban Soils CDE and Parliamentary Procedure. He played four years of varsity football and will continue to work at Kokosing Construction after graduation.
Winnie Hinson’s SAE projects include market steers and home improvement. She is currently serving as the 2013-2014 East Knox FFA President and served last year as Reporter. Winnie was on the 6th place State Food Science CDE Team, competed in various speaking events advancing to the State and was an officer on the Parliamentary Procedure Team. She attended State COLT Conference, State FFA Camp, Washington Leadership Conference, State and National FFA Conventions, District Officer Training, State Leadership Night, and many FFA Banquets. Winnie has Served as Treasurer in her Sports Medicine lab at KCCC, played softball and basketball, 4-H member and has completed many hours of community service. Winnie plans to attend college pursuing a degree in athletic training.
Working at Conard Hill Farms, Grassy Dell Farms, raising dairy feeders and completing home improvements projects, have been part of Dan Roten’s SAE. He has attended Washington Leadership Conference two years, COLT Conference and State and National FFA Conventions. Roten is currently serving his second term as East Knox FFA vice president. He was a member of the 3rd place State Urban Soils CDE Team that competed in the National Contest and was also on the 4th place State Forestry CDE Team. Roten is in Metal Fabrications at KCCC.
Luke Well’s SAE projects include raising 25 acres of corn where he completed the entire process from renting to planting to harvesting and marketing. He served as the 2012-2013 East Knox FFA President and is the current Student Advisor. He has competed in 5 top 10 State Career Development Events and one National Event. Wells has attended many leadership events including State and National FFA Conventions, Washington Leadership Conference, 212/360 Conference and State Leadership Night. He plans to continue providing his leadership and knowledge to push the East Knox FFA program to be its best.