QISD students, superintendent receive state FFA honors


Five Quitman ISD FFA students earned their Texas FFA Lone Star degrees at the 91st Annual Texas FFA State Convention in Fort Worth from July 15 to 19.

Jordyn Blalock, Shelby Hayes, Aleigh Farnham, Julia Simpkins and Jentri Jackson all the earned the highest honor a FFA student can receive from a state FFA organization.

“I am incredibly proud of every one of them,” QISD Superintendent Rhonda Turner said.

Those looking to obtain this type of degree must be an active member in the FFA program, earn a chapter FFA degree and met several requirements demonstrating their commitment to agriculture education.

In addition to the student degrees, Turner was awarded the Texas FFA Honorary Lone Star Degree.

“It was a tremendous honor to receive my Honorary FFA Lone Star degree. I am incredibly humbled that I was nominated by our local FFA leaders. The mission of the FFA organization is to, make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education,” Turner said. “It is easy to support a program that actively strives to support the success of our students and to make the word a better place.”

This degree honors those who have given outstanding service to agricultural education and the Texas FFA program.