In addition, the Gilmer FFA chapter was selected as a 3-star winner in the National FFA Chapter Award program.
The American FFA degree is the highest degree awarded by the National FFA Organization and recognizes Miss Glaze’s demonstrated leadership abilities and outstanding achievements in agriculture business, production, processing and service programs, said National FFA spokesperson Julie Adams.
Miss Glaze is now attending Blinn College in Bryan-College Station.
Fewer than one in 154 FFA members advance through their local chapter and state FFA degree programs to earn this national degree. She is the daughter of Andy and Sandra Glaze.
Before Kate, her father, brother Jordan and sister Erin all received this very coveted FFA degree, said Sue Witt, one of three FFA advisors at Gilmer High School.
The other Gilmer FFA advisors are Russell Thomas and Laura VanKrosigk.
Other Gilmer FFA members receiving their American Farmer degree but not attending the convention were Nathan Durham, Tori English, Daniel Jenkins, Daniel McAfee, Taylor McQueen, Clayton Prentice, Travis Pyeatt and Phillip Scheid.
The 3-star chapter award is a special project of the National FFA Foundation. The program recognizes FFA chapters for developing and conducting a detailed Program of Activities. Each Activity provides opportunities for members to excel in one of three areas: student, chapter or community development.
Every year, chapters are recognized as having earned a one-, two- or three-star rating on their application. The three-start rating is the highest accomplishment a chapter may achieve.
The National FFA Organization, formerly known as the Future Farmers of America, is a national youth organization of about 508,000 student members in 7,439 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
The National FFA Organization adopted its present name in 1988, in recognition of the growth and diversity of agriculture and agricultural education.