The West Holmes FFA Chapter had 3 American Degree recipients at the 2014 National FFA Convention. Those who received their American Degrees were Gretchen Straits, Elizabeth Overholt, and Matt Schlegel. In order to be eligible for the American FFA Degree, members must have the following qualifications: have obtained the State FFA Degree, been an active member for 3 years, have participated in activities on the chapter and state levels, have graduated at least 12 months before the National FFA Convention, have maintained records that express an outstanding supervised agricultural experience program, have earned and productively invested at least $7,500 or have earned and productively invested at least $1,500 and have worked 2,250 in excess of class time, and have expressed outstanding leadership abilities and have maintained a high school scholastic record of “C” or better.
Gretchen Straits has been involved by working at Straits Cattle Farms and Paint Valley farms, as well as being involved with chapter activities and showing animals at the fair. Animals that she has shown are market hogs and she participated in the General Livestock contest.
Matt Schlegel has worked at Schlegel Farms as well as being part of the OSU turf and field management crew. He was also involved in the FFA chapter by serving as an officer for the chapter and participating in the Dairy Judging contest.
Elizabeth Overholt has worked at RNR swiss, End Southdowns, and Royal Livestock. She has also been very involved in the FFA chapter by participating in the Parliamentary Procedure, speaking contests, and being a chapter officer as well as being the 2013-2014 District 8 President.