Tuesday March 8, fifteen Escalon FFA members were awarded the Golden State FFA Degree, which is the highest degree awarded by the State FFA Association. Members earn the award from having completed at least two years of work on their supervised agriculture experience. The requirements to earn the degree include an income and investment of a least $1500, 500 hours spent on the project, five FFA chapter-level activities, five FFA activities above the chapter level such as conferences and contests, and twenty-five hours of community service. The award ceremony was hosted at the Sheldon High School Performing Arts Center by the Delta-Cal Section, Central Region, and State FFA Officer teams.
The Escalon members were involved in a variety of projects that made earning the degree possible. Livestock projects included beef, dairy cattle, sheep, goat, swine, and poultry projects. Other work experience projects included paid farm/ranch work and landscaping. The recipients were: Faith Foster, Dakota Stagno, Britton Mellor, Nicole Luis, Julia Orlando, Thomas Avilla, Jacob Alvarado, Ashley Barreto, Barbara Baglione, Will Turner, Luke Wallace, Isabella Medina, Cydney Keener, Natalie Bianchi, and Rowan Murphy. Members received certificates and the Golden State Degree pin that they promptly placed on their FFA jackets above their names.