Five senior FFA students – Lucas Boyd, Rianna Green, Tyler Sellers, Bailee Wagner, Jarrett Welk – have earned Keystone FFA Degrees, the highest degree awarded by the state to FFA members. Solanco agriculture and environmental teacher Kelly Lichtley said the students have completed their supervised agricultural experience (SAE) and their applications include two or more years of ag class, at least 25 hours of community service, and leadership activities including office and committee assignments within FFA, school and community activities outside of FFA, and FFA cooperative activities including chapter, county, regional, state and national activities.
Lucas Boyd: Parents are Thomas and Connie Boyd of Peach Bottom. Lucas’ SAE was breeding goats and he participated in forestry and poultry career development events (CDEs).
Rianna Green: Parents are Brandon and Marian Green of Peach Bottom. Rianna’s SAEs were her horse and her employment at Maplehofe Dairy. She participated in livestock CDEs.
Tyler Sellers: Parents are Troy and Donna Sellers of Kirkwood. Tyler’s SAEs was raising pheasants for stocking and training a hunting dog. He was involved in small engines and livestock CDEs.
Bailee Wagner: Parents are Jeff and Tracy Wagner of Quarryville. Bailee’s SAEs include steer and working at Moat’s Auto Center. She has been an FFA officer for 3 years, including current service as vice president.
Jarrett Welk: Parents are Jeremy and Erin Welk of Quarryville. Jarrett’s SAEs were dairy herd management and dairy beef. He participated in dairy judging CDEs.
Solanco students who are recipients of FFA First Year Jacket Scholarships are Wyatt Davis, Keeley Kreider and Addison O’Donnell. Each student had to submit two short essays explaining how the FFA program and ag industry will help them reach their goals. The essays were reviewed by the Pennsylvania FFA Alumni group and Wyatt, Keeley and Addison will be presented with a free, official FFA blue corduroy jacket.