2 to receive FFA Keystone Degrees

Joelle Urban

CANTON — Two Canton FFA students — Joelle Urban and Mak Gleckner — will received their Keystone Degrees at the state FFA Midwinter Convention, which will be held Jan. 8 during the state Farm Show in Harrisburg. The degrees will be conferred in the large arena.

FFA members can earn degrees as they progress through the phases of their leadership, academic and career skills development, according to the National FFA’s website.

The Keystone Degree is the Pennsylvania State Degree. The highest degree is the American FFA Degree.

Urban, 17, is the daughter of Deb Urban and Tim and Stacey Urban. Her supervised agricultural experience project, or SAE, is dairy heifers. The SAE is a required component of a total agricultural education program and intended for every FFA student.

Urban enjoys career development events, or CDEs, in dairy judging and public speaking. Her favorite FFA activities include attending CDEs, participating in FFA Week by making breakfast for teachers and holding a pep assembly, and raising plants in the greenhouse.

Her future plans include attending Slippery Rock University to major in exercise science.

Gleckner, 18, is the son of Gary and Tammy Gleckner. His SAE project is a pet dog and he has taken CDEs in aquatics, wildlife, forestry, soils and agronomy.

Within his FFA chapter, Gleckner has held the offices of historian, reporter and president.

His favorite FFA activities include attending CDEs and the Summer Convention.

Gleckner plans to complete one year of missionary work, then attend Mansfield University for fisheries biology.

Aside from the Midwinter Convention, the Canton FFA has been working hard since last spring in anticipation for the 2018 state Farm Show.

Planning for the landscape and the window display had to start prior to the end of the last school year, and now the plants are growing in the greenhouse and the students are working hard on the landscape and on-stage demonstration.

The Canton FFA will send a small group of individuals to the Farm Show beginning Thursday in order to set up the landscape and display, as well as work the state FFA food booth on Saturday.

On Jan. 8, the entire Canton FFA chapter will attend the state FFA Midwinter Convention, which is set to start at 2 p.m. in the large arena.

At 9:30 that morning, Gleckner, Cheyenne Bastian-Brown, Joshua Filling and Tabitha Metzger will do an on-stage demonstration on how to build a bee observation box.

That will be followed by a reception for Metzger, Canton’s national chorus member, as she will join the others from across the state who qualified for Indianapolis.

Freshmen members Ethan Engel and Gracie Mead will receive their first FFA jacket from the state alumni.