DANVILLE — Whitney Hawk has built an impressive resume as a 17-year-old junior at Danville High School, and in May she will receive special recognition from the Ohio State FFA organization. She has qualified for an FFA Ohio State Degree, and is the first Danville student to do so in 15 years. The award will be presented to her during the FFA State Convention at the Ohio State Fairgrounds on Friday, May 4.
Whitney was elected as president of the Danville FFA Chapter this year and is one of 42 students participating in a program that had fallen inactive until it was revived by Vocational Agriculture teacher Sabrina Schirtzinger five years ago.
FFA participants attempting to earn a State Degree have to meet a strict set of guidelines including at least two years of agriculture studies, two community service projects, 300 hours of work through a Supervised Agriculture Experience, participation in five FFA projects at the county, district or state level, and public speaking experience.
Candidates also have to maintain a “satisfactory” grade point average, and her perfect 4.0 qualifies with plenty of room to spare.
“She’s an excellent student, a hard worker and very reliable,” Schirtzinger said. “We’re really proud of what Whitney has achieved.”