MHS Seniors Receive Keystone Degrees from Future Farmers of America
During the 102nd annual Pennsylvania Farm Show, five MHS seniors received their Keystone degrees from the Pennsylvania Future Farmers of America (FFA) Foundation. The Keystone degree is the highest state award an FFA member can earn.
MHS students who earned the honor include Allie Cozzi, Ashley Smith, Emily Pinchott, Hannah Keller, and Alexandria Funk. In addition to being FFA members, the young women also participate in the school’s Agricultural and Environmental Education (AEE) program and the Agriculture and Natural Resources career pathway.
To receive the honor, they each met the degree’s requirements:
- Complete more than 300 hours of hands-on agriculture experience outside the classroom
- Maintain FFA member status for the past two years
- Complete two years of agriculture-focused courses
- Participate in FFA activities and events
- Complete 25 hours of community service
Combined, the five students achieved more than 1,500 hours of experiential learning outside the classroom by completing internships with the school’s AEE program. All the students plan to pursue a future career connected to agriculture and attend a postsecondary school where they will focus on topics like agricultural education, environmental science, and veterinary medicine.
“It feels good knowing I’ll leave MHS after graduation with this degree,” said MHS senior and Keystone degree recipient Allie Cozzi. “It makes me feel like I’ve accomplished something and in the process I got to step up as a leader.”
In addition, five MHS sophomores became official FFA members and received their FFA jackets. They include Ashley Landry, Mary DeBiasi, Jacob McMillen, Annalise Michener, and Valerie Heydemann. The students received their jackets through the Pennsylvania FFA Alumni Association after applying and were selected based on the essays they wrote about their interest in agricultural education and what the FFA jacket means to them.
Congratulations to our MHS FFA members!