Manor FFA members earn Keystone Degrees and jackets at state convention

   Penn Manor High School students representing Manor FFA earned several awards recently at the Pennsylvania FFA Mid-Winter Convention.

  Eight students – Jordan Arms, Amanda Baker, Rebecca Barley, Laurel Barley, Sarah Bleacher, Morgan Harnish, Berklee Perry, and Isabella Peters – earned Keystone Degrees.  

The Keystone is the fourth of five degrees FFA members can earn and is the highest degree a member can earn on the state level. 

   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 Supervised Agricultural Experience program; participate in FFA activities in and out of school; and demonstrate leadership and advocacy of agriculture and FFA.     

   Twelve students – Vita Failla, Kayla Frey, Molly Gehr, Leah Hess. Ava Herr, Jeanette Kneisley, Olivia Malpica, Carly Railing, Angel Sanchez, Jenna Smith, Elisabeth Strickler and Johnathan Witmer – 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 to these Manor FFA members for earning these honors!