EDINBURG – Economedes High School students from Edinburg CISD’s Career and Technical Education’s Future Farmers of America (FFA) program recently received the prestigious Gold Emblem rating at the 89th annual Texas FFA State Convention in Corpus Christi.

The Gold Emblem rating is only awarded to the top 10 percent of FFA chapters in Texas. Gold Emblem FFA chapters advance to the national level to be judged for the National FFA Chapter Contest.

Chapters that received the Gold Emblem rating actively implemented the FFA mission and strategies. These chapters improve their operations by using a Program of Activities, which emphasizes student, chapter, and community development.

Additionally, Economedes High School Seniors Logan Liesman, Nora Rodriguez, Audra Smith and Brandon Tijerina, were awarded the Lone Star FFA Degree. The Lone Star FFA Degree is the highest degree granted by the Texas FFA. Liesman, Rodriguez, Smith and Tijerina were four of more than 2,400 FFA members to receive this esteemed degree.

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.

Approximately 12,000 members and guests attended the 89th annual Texas FFA Convention this past summer. 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.