Aliyah Finch earns Washington FFA State Degree

Aliyah Finch, Chelan FFA President
CHELAN - At this year’s 2021 Washington FFA State Convention, Chelan FFA’s President Aliyah Finch will be awarded her Washington FFA State Degree. 
In order to earn this accomplishment, a student member must be able to check off the following: 
• Have received the Chapter FFA Degree.
• Have been an active FFA member for at least two years
• Have completed the equivalent of at least two years of agricultural education at or above the ninth-grade level, which includes a supervised agricultural experience program. 
• A student after entering agricultural education must have:
• earned and productively invested at least $1,000; or
• worked at least 300 hours in excess of scheduled class time, specific to their SAE project; or
• a combination thereof, in a supervised agriculture experience program.
• Demonstrate leadership ability by:
• Performing 10 parliamentary procedure activities.
• Giving a six-minute speech on a topic related to agriculture or the FFA.
• Serving as an officer and/or committee chairman, or participating member of a chapter committee.
• Demonstrate competency in an agriculture occupation and have a satisfactory scholastic record as certified by the agriculture education instructor and principal or superintendent.
• Participate in the planning and completion of chapter program of activities.
• Participate in five different FFA activities above the chapter level.
• Complete at least 25 hours of community service in a minimum of two different activities. 
• Meet other requirements as established by the state association.
Aliyah has served as an officer each year she has been in FFA. Her Freshman year at Royal, she was their chapter Secretary. Upon moving here, she was elected as our Chapter Reporter her Sophomore year, and currently serves as our Chapter President. She has competed in numerous Career and Leadership Development Events, including Apple Evaluation, Livestock Evaluation, Milk Quality and Products, Potato Evaluation, Soil Evaluation, Creed Speaking, and Public Speaking. This year, she will be adding a couple more contests to her resume as we prepare for the 2021 State CDE and LDEs. 
A major component of earning the State Degree is a Supervised Agricultural Experience, or SAE. Aliyah’s SAE project is raising market hogs for fair, as well as a swine breeding program where she is able to sell feeder hogs for local fairs or butcher. She currently has two breeding sows, and shows at anywhere between two and five fairs a year. Granted, COVID has impacted what shows are virtual versus in-person.
In addition to FFA, Aliyah is a three-sport athlete, having competed in volleyball, cross country, golf, track, basketball, and is this year’s Varsity Goalie for soccer. She is also a member of Chelan Project and Med Club. 
Aliyah, we as a chapter are so proud of all your accomplishments, and those still to come. If she wishes to pursue it, the top degree Aliyah can earn is the American FFA Degree, which would be applied for and awarded after graduation. Less than 1% of all FFA members in the nation earn the American Degree. Regardless of whether she pursues the American Degree, we are proud of you.


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