A Morenci Area High School senior recently earned the Michigan FFA State Degree.
David Stutzman received the State Degree honor at the Michigan FFA Convention March 10-12 at Michigan State University. He was one of seven Lenawee students who crossed the stage at the MSU Auditorium to receive a congratulatory handshake from state and national officers.
To be eligible for the award, an FFA member must successfully complete a Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE); invest at least $1,200 in projects; and put in at least 500 hours of work time.
For Stutzman, his SAE was a natural choice: Participation in the family Raymond and Stutzman Farm. He focused on diversified crops through the variety of crops grown on the farm, plus diversified livestock through showing cattle and hogs. He’s shown cattle for 10 years and hogs for three years.
Stutzman is a three-year member of the LISD FFA chapter. He served as vice president of the group last year and is president now in his senior year. He also serves as president of Michigan’s Region 2 group.
Next month he’ll compete with the LISD ag mechanics team at the leadership competition. Success there could lead to the national contest.
“After I graduate, I plan on getting my American Degree, the highest FFA award,” he said.
Stutzman also intends to study beef management and agronomy at Michigan State University.
Other Lenawee TECH students earning the State Degree were Alexandra Mahrle, Anthony Finkbeiner, Arnold Gust, Zachary Clark, Bryce Downard and Veronica Townsend.