Three members of Pettisville FFA receive US degrees | Local farm
This year, Pettisville FFA saw three of its members receive their American degrees. The US FFA degree is the highest degree obtainable in the national FFA organization. This diploma shows the dedication of a member of the FFA to his chapter and to the FFA association of the State. This demonstrates the effort that FFA members apply to their Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) projects and the leadership skills and community engagement that the member has made.
Qualifications to be eligible to receive the US FFA Diploma include: having been an active member, having maintained an outstanding SAE, having earned over $ 10,000 and invested over $ 7,500 in agriculture or education from their projects, demonstrated leadership skills and participated in 50 hours of community service.
Matthew Rupp, son of Scott and Laura Rupp, who graduated from Pettisville in 2020, was one of the recipients of the American diploma. The honors he received at the FFA were the Star Greenhand Award, Agriscience Fair Awards, and several rankings from the top four Career Development Event (CDE) Districts. He was a student advisor and vice-president of the FFA section. Rupp’s work experience involved managing greenhouses, working for area farmers, mowing lawns, and working for Brookview Farm Meats and BBQ. The skills he learned at FFA were communication and leadership. He is majoring in animal science / pre-veterinary medicine at the University of Findlay. Eventually, Rupp plans to attend veterinary school and become a large animal vet.
Jessica McWatters, daughter of Tom and Angie McWatters, a 2020 graduate from Pettisville, was another U.S. degree recipient. The honors Jess received at the FFA were the Ohio Star in Agriscience, the FFA Agriscience Proficiency National Finalist, multiple CDE awards, and she earned a silver medal at the National Agriscience Fair. She was secretary of the Pettisville FFA from 2018-19 and was president in 2019-2020. Its SAE projects included four agro-science projects, raising 2-5 head of cattle per year and broilers. The skills she acquired at FFA were responsibility, time management, a strong work ethic, self-confidence and the value of bonding in the professional world. Jess is currently attending Huntington University and is considering becoming a high school biology / science teacher.
Kayla Wyse, daughter of Gene and Judy Wyse, a 2019 graduate from Pettisville, was the third recipient of the U.S. diploma. The honors Kayla received during her time at the FFA were the Star Greenhand and Star Chapter Degree awards; Winner of the National Agriscience Fair in the 3 Plant Systems division; national competence finalist; and an American star from Ohio in agroscience. His functions within the FFA were those of secretary and president. His SAE projects and professional experience involved the culmination of four research projects in the science of plants and insects. This was first completed at the local level, presented at the state level and passed to national competition. Kayla’s skills learned in FFA were leadership and public speaking. Kayla is currently attending Wilmington University and her future plans are to become a research agronomist while continuing to research new ways of pest control after earning her masters and doctorate degrees. Kayla would also like to travel to third world countries and teach young people sustainable farming practices.