Manor FFA members earn Keystones, jackets at PA Farm Show

Penn Manor High School students won several awards recently at the Pennsylvania Farm Show representing Manor FFA.

Nine students – Cody Hurlburt, Darby Conrad, Kylie Kreider, Brenna McDevitt, Lauren Sensenich, Jolene Fields, Austin Kolb, Madeleine Denlinger and Renee Eshbach – earned Keystone Degrees.

The Keystone is the fourth of five degrees FFA members can earn.  Only 405 members out of 12,390 in the state received the degree.

To earn a Keystone Degree, FFA members must hold the Greenhand and Chapter FFA Degrees; perform at least 25 hours of community service; earn or invest $1,000 or work 300 hours outside of school in their SAE program; participate in 15 FFA Activities, five of them above the chapter level; and demonstrate leadership and advocacy of agriculture and FFA.

Two of the Keystone recipients, Maddy Denlinger and Jolene Fields, also interviewed for State Star in Ag Placement and Agricultural Science, representing the eastern region.

Three students – Chloe Perry, Jackie Nachmius and Abi Walborn – earned a blue jacket, the iconic symbol of FFA membership.

The first-year member jacket campaign is sponsored by the Pennsylvania FFA Alumni, which provides the jackets and a scarf or tie free of charge.  To qualify, students must write about what the jacket means to them and what they plan to achieve while wearing it.

Congratulations students for earning these honors!