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PRESS RELEASE: Three Live Oak Students Receive FFA State Degree


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Three Live Oak High School Juniors— Julie Muzzi, Lindsey Hillesland, and Gabe Milos— have earned the highly coveted Future Farmers of America (FFA) State Degrees. Awarded to only 3% of all California FFA association members, the FFA State Degree is the State’s highest honor.

“I am extremely proud of our FFA students, and to have three receive the FFA State Degree is a huge testament to the success of the Live Oak program,” Kaiti Whitmyre, Live Oak FFA advisor, said of the achievement. “The dedication and leadership that Julie, Lindsey, and Gabe all show on a daily basis is exceptional. This is a well-deserved honor.”

The State FFA Degree is awarded to FFA members who have demonstrated the highest level of commitment to the California State FFA Association and made significant accomplishments in their Supervised Agricultural Experiences programs.

To be eligible for the State FFA Degree a member must meet an extensive list of qualifications over a minimum of two years time.  That list includes having worked for a minimum of 500 hours, in excess of scheduled class time, on their Supervised Agricultural Experience Program; having earned by their own efforts from an agricultural enterprise or other agriculturally-related work $1,000; demonstrate leadership abilities, and participate in a minimum of 25 hours of community improvement activities.

Their projects are: Lindsey Hillesland – Market Goat Entrepreneurship, Guide Dog Service Learning, Santa Rosa Fire Donation Drive Service Learning, Gabe Milos – Market Hog Entrepreneurship, and Julie Muzzi – Market Lamb Entrepreneurship and Laying Hen Entrepreneurship