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Duo to be honored Friday at 10 a.m.
Pearsall FFA Chapter members Hallie Dugosh and Presley Rodriguez will be awarded their Lone Star FFA Degrees, the highest honor the Texas FFA Association can bestow.
They will be recognized for their achievements at the 92nd annual Texas FFA State Convention held digitally July 8-10 at http://convention.texasffa.org.
The Lone Star FFA Degree recognizes FFA members who have received the Chapter FFA 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. On average, under 2,500 Texas students earn this degree annually.
Dugosh earned her degree by exhibiting commercial heifers, goats, and a steer at multiple livestock shows. She has gravitated toward veterinary medicine and has spent the last year working on a ranch with instruction from a veterinarian with the goal of earning her Certified Veterinary Assistant – Level I certification. Dugosh has been an officer of both the FFA and her local and district 4-H councils. She qualified for the state Poultry Evaluation Career Development Event and has assisted the Livestock Evaluation, FFA Broadcasting, and Agricultural Issues teams place at the district and area levels. She is active in several sports, primarily in the area of track and field, and holds numerous leadership positions at Pearsall High School.
Rodriguez continues to raise breeding and market goats for the Frio County Junior Livestock Show, in addition to exhibiting several projects in the Country Store division of the show. She served as the Wintergarden FFA District Treasurer last year and has been a chapter officer since 2018. Rodriguez also qualified for the state Poultry Evaluation Career Development Event and placed third at state with her Agricultural Communications team in 2019. She also qualified for area level competition as a prepared public speaker. She is one of Pearsall FFA’s most distinguished in the area of community service. Outside of FFA, she competes in UIL academics and OAP, serves as vice president of the Pearsall chapter of NHS, and has been active as the school mascot.
The 92nd annual Texas FFA State Convention will be held virtually July 8-10 and will be available on demand after the closing session. Dugosh and Rodriguez will be recognized during the 5th General Session of the Texas FFA Virtual Convention, beginning at 10 a.m. on Friday, July 10. Members of the state’s largest agricultural youth leadership organization will spend the week attending virtual leadership workshops, viewing inspiring speeches and presentations, being recognized for their achievements, and serving as the legislative body for the Texas FFA Association.