The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

Union County

January 15, 2014

Seven students from Mifflinburg High School receive the Keystone degree.

— MIFFLINBURG — Seven members of the Mifflinburg FFA Chapter received the Pennsylvania FFA Keystone Degree. The honor was presented on Jan. 6, at the 86th Pennsylvania Mid-Winter FFA Convention, held during the 98th Pennsylvania Farm Show. Doug Boop, Amy Chappell, Donald Dehaven, Olivia Dietrich, Dawn Franck, Brittani Hook, Christian Kurtz, and Kyle Pletcher were the students earning the degree. The Keystone degree was given to only 351 members out of over 8,000 members in the state. The Keystone FFA Degree recognizes leadership ability and outstanding achievements in agricultural business, production, processing or service programs. To be eligible, members must have earned and productively invested $1,000 through a supervised agricultural experience (SAE) program in which they start, own or hold a professional position in an existing agriculture enterprise and serve 25 community service hours. Recipients must also make it their mission to demonstrate outstanding leadership abilities and community involvement. Each award recipient will receive a Gold Keystone FFA Degree and a certificate.

The students with the best Supervised Agricultural Experience programs were recognized. Doug Boop was recognized as the student with the best SAE program in the area of Agricultural Production for the Northern Pennsylvania FFA region. Boop received a plaque and a cash award for his accomplishments. He is the son of Douglas and Jennifer Boop, of Millmont. He has a dairy herd of 11 cows and shows his herd on the national level.

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