Southern FFA seeking past State and American Degree recipients

RACINE, Ohio – The Racine Southern FFA is seeking help with a project to recognize past degree recipients.

Below is a list of names and pictures on display in the Agriculture Room of FFA members who have received their State and/or American FFA Degrees.

Jenna Meeks, agriculture education teacher and FFA advisor at Southern High School is trying to collect photos of all past degree recipients.  Below is a list of names of degree recipients that the school has pictures and information concerning their degrees. Anyone not on the list below is asked to send in a photo of the recipient. Specifically, the Meeks would like an 8×10 photo of the degree recipient preferably in their FFA Jacket. The photo may be dropped off at Southern High School or mail them to 920 Elm Street, Racine, Ohio 45701 c/o Jenna Meeks, Agriculture Education Teacher/FFA Advisor.

Meeks said those listed the school has records of past degrees, but they need more. She also asks that former FFA members and alumni help spread the word.

FFA members with photos and records:

Earl Cleek 1954
Bob Lee 1981
Andy Rose 1985
Harold Roush 1986
Brent Rose 1990
Michelle Brown 1991
Chris Hamm 1994
Stephanie Sayre 1994
Jason Ervin 1994
Stephanie Sayre 1994
Jeremy Smith 1995
Cristy Cooper 1995
Fred Matson 1995
Christa Rose 1995
Jessica Sayre 1996
Larry Willis 1996
Philip Hamm 1998
John Matson 1998
Jonathan Smith 1998
Amy Wilson 2001
Josh Larsen 2001
Jeremy Hill 2001
Lori Sare 2001
Courtney Haines 2000
Travis Hart 2002
Tyler Johnson 2002
Joe Adkins 2002
Mallory Hill 2006
Christopher William Holter 2008
Emily Sue Manuel 2011
Halley Sigman 2015
Caitlyn Holter 2015
Gage Smith 2015
Michaela Holter 2016
Elizabeth Teaford 2016

Anyone interested in supporting the local FFA Chapter can become a member of Southern FFA Alumni–Ohio River Producers. The commitment is not overwhelming or hard according to Meeks. They meet four times a year at Southern High School, $15 dues are required to be a voting member and members are involved in the planning and decision making of the Agriculture Education Courses and FFA Program.

FFA relies on alumni members for help with recruiting students and raising funds for chapter activities and scholarships. FFA Alumni also assist at FFA camps and conferences, the National FFA Convention & Expo and other personal development programs. Through their commitment to FFA and agricultural education, FFA Alumni help guide the students in their communities down the path to success.
The Vision of FFA is, “Students whose lives are impacted by FFA and agricultural education will achieve academic and personal growth, strengthen American agriculture and provide leadership to build healthy local communities, a strong nation and a sustainable world.”

The mission is, “FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.”

The FFA holds to the following values, “We value the integral nature of FFA and agricultural education. We value agriculture as an essential part of society. We value diversity in serving all populations. We value the impact of a teacher on a student’s life. We value the impact and involvement of parents/guardians and communities on a student’s life. We value the community’s support of agricultural education teachers and programs.”

The next Ohio River Producers Meeting is April 4 at 6pm in Southern’s Agriculture Room 314. Anyone that would like more information on how to become a member of Ohio River Producers, can contact Jenna Meeks; FFA Advisor/Ohio River Producers Secretary at 740-949-2611 or jenna.meeks@southernlocal.net

Pictured: Racine Southern FFA Members who have received their State and American FFA Degrees have been hung around the Agriculture Classroom.