Twelve area FFA students were awarded the Keystone Award during the annual Pennsylvania FFA Convention at the Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg.

To earn a Keystone Degree, FFA members must complete a number of steps. They must complete a supervised agricultural experience related to course work in a high school or technical center’s agriculture program. Students must keep accurate records of their work in a record keeping system.

Members must have completed two years of agriculture courses, and completed more than 300 hours in a paid or unpaid supervised agricultural experience or productively invested $1,000.

They also must have participated in 10 FFA chapter activities and five different FFA activities above the chapter level.

Also, they must have completed 25 hours of service of at least two different activities to organizations in the community.

From the Northern Bedford FFA Chapter, Alaina Stuckey, Allie Snider and Denae Hershberger were recipients of the Keystone Degree.

Alaina Stuckey, 17, is the daughter of Deidra and Jared Mellott of Roaring Spring and the late Aaron Stuckey.

Alaina’s supervised agricultural experience project is a job at the local Subway, and her career development event is milk quality and products. Alaina held the office of treasurer for the 2018-19 and 2019-20 school years. She said that her favorite FFA activity is spending the night in the Ag shop after the chapter stuffs the pig for their banquet. Upon graduation, Alaina plans to attend Indiana University of Pennsylvania and major in nursing.

Allie Snider, 17, is the daughter of Brandon and Colleen Snider of New Enterprise. Her supervised agricultural experience project is raising Guernsey cows and her career development events are dairy handling. She has served as a treasurer for the chapter. Allie said that her favorite FFA activity is showing cows. In the future, Allie plans to attend either Shippensburg University for education or Penn State University for animal science.

Denae Hershberger, 17, is the daughter of Ross and Yvonne Hershberger of Martinsburg. Her supervised agricultural experience projects are a job at the Subway in Martinsburg and Cove Creamery in Roaring Spring as well as assisting on her family’s dairy farm. Denae said that her favorite FFA activities include attending meetings because it gives students a chance to voice concerns and new ideas for the chapter. In the future, Denae plans to attend Duquesne University for nursing, and hopes to be involved in politics in addition to being employed in the medical field.

From the Bedford CTC FFA Chapter Kylee Cessna, Emily O’Brien and Tracey Grapes were recipients of the Keystone Degree.

Kylee Cessna is the daughter of Howard and Carri Cessna of Clearville and is a senior at Everett Area High School.

Emily O’Brien is the daughter of Mike and Sonya O’Brien of Everett and is a senior at Everett Area High School.

Tracey Grapes is the daughter of Mark and Janelle Grapes of Bedford and is a senior at Bedford Area High School.

From the Chestnut Ridge FFA Chapter, Emily Clark, Jamie Emerick, Kyra Pittman, Ethan Beegle, Ethan Parks and Kaleb Mickle were recipients of the Keystone Degree.

Emily Clark, 17, is the daughter of Sue and Rodney Clark of Bedford. Her supervised agricultural experience project is showing lambs and her career development events are wildlife and Creed Speaking. Emily has held the offices of vice president and historian for the chapter. Her favorite FFA activities are donkey basketball and FFA trips. In the future, Emily plans on attending college to become a physician’s assistant and practice in orthopedics.

Jamie Emerick, 17, is the daughter of Rich and Paula Emerick of Schellsburg. Her supervised agricultural experience projects are showing steers and pigs and working at Subway. Her career development events are Creed Speaking and being a chapter delegate. Jamie has held the offices of: reporter, secretary and president for the chapter. Jamie said that her favorite FFA activities include the National Convention, FFA State Weeks and SLLC. Upon graduation, Jamie plans to attend Penn State Altoona and major in nursing.

Kyra Pittman, 17, is the daughter of Doug and Nanette Pittman of Schellsburg. Her supervised agricultural experience project is showing lambs. Her career development event is livestock evaluation. She has served as historian and reporter for the chapter. Kyra’s favorite FFA activities include: National Convention, FFA State Weeks, and SLLC.

Ethan Beegle, 17, is the son of Carl and Susan Beegle of Alum Bank. His supervised agricultural experience project is showing steers and his career development event is wildlife. He has held the office of vice president and student adviser for the chapter. His favorite FFA activities are Fall Festivals, chapter meetings and apple butter boil. Ethan’s future plans are to go to school to become a heavy equipment operator.

Ethan Parks, 17, is the son of Roger and Kathy Parks of Schellsburg. His supervised agricultural experience projects are Chestnut Ridge Timber Service and maple syrup production. His career development event is wildlife. He has served as Apple Butter Committee Chairman for the chapter. Ethan’s favorite FFA activities are:nationals and other trips, apple butter, and the outdoor show. His future plans include attending the Greater Johnstown Career and Technology Center to become a certified welder.

Kaleb Mickle, 18, is the son of Troy and Susie Mickle of Schellsburg. His supervised agricultural experience project is market swine and his career development events are Ag Sales and Wildlife. Kaleb has held the offices of: sentinel, vice president and student adviser. His favorite FFA activities are Fall Festivals and chapter meetings. Upon graduation, Kaleb plans to attend school to become a heavy equipment operator.

Contact Katie Smolen at 623-1151 ext. 110 or ksmolen@bedfordgazette.com.

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