Corpus Christi – Members from the Alice FFA chapter attended the 89th annual Texas FFA State Convention held July 10 through 14 in Corpus Christi.

Alice FFA members who attended the convention were President Brianna Reyes, Vice President Haley Battice, Secretary Alyssa Morales, Treasurer Yuliana Martinez, Reporter Camyrn Zamarripa, Sentinal Carlos Chavarria, Gabriela Ceja and Mia Lopez

– Gabriela Ceja and Mia Lopez, of the Alice FFA Chapter, were awarded the Lone Star FFA Degree in at the 89th annual Texas FFA Convention in Corpus Christi, Texas. The Lone Star FFA Degree is the highest degree bestowed by the Texas FFA.

The Lone Star FFA Degree recognizes FFA members who have received the Chapter degree, been active FFA members for at least two years, completed at least four semesters of agricultural science at or above the ninth grade level, maintained a supervised agricultural experience (SAE) program, demonstrated their leadership skills, and have shown a commitment to the FFA through involvement at the chapter level and above.

Mia Lopez was also a State Officer Candidate.

Velma Soliz-Garcia and Celina Garcia of Alice ISD, were awarded the Honorary Lone Star FFA Degree at the 89th annual Texas FFA State Convention. The Honorary Lone Star FFA Degree is the highest honorary degree bestowed by the Texas FFA.

The Honorary Lone Star FFA Degree recognizes individuals who have rendered outstanding service to agricultural education and the Texas FFA.

More than $2 million in scholarships were awarded to FFA members and more than 2,400 members received the Lone Star FFA Degree, the highest degree of active membership bestowed by a state FFA association. More than 2,000 members were recognized on stage for their accomplishments. Members also competed for state titles in public speaking and agriscience events.

Members heard from keynote speaker Keni Thomas during the first general session. Texas country music artist Aaron Watson also performed exclusively for FFA members. Members watched as well as competed in the 16th annual Texas FFA Rodeo.

The 89th annual Texas FFA Convention recorded approximately 12,000 members and guests. Members of the state’s largest agricultural youth leadership organization spent the week attending leadership workshops, participating in events and activities, being recognized for their achievements, and serving as the legislative body for the Texas FFA Association.

The Texas FFA is the nation’s largest state FFA association with a membership of more than 119,000. FFA gives students the opportunity to apply practical classroom knowledge to real world experiences through local, state and national competitions. For more information about the Texas FFA, visit www.mytexasffa.org.