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Vega FFA Designs and Builds New Lone Star Arches    
Friday, July 15, 2022 | Author: Jacie Pennington, Bryson FFA

The Lone Star degree, the highest degree a FFA member can receive at the state level, is synonymous with the iconic gold chain and the arches where hands are shaken and recognition received on the convention stage. 
The Texas FFA degree arches are a symbol of new beginnings and traditions of the past. But what happens if those traditions start to wear and break down with old age? 

At the conclusion of the 2021 Texas FFA Convention, the ceremony arches needed replacement after many years of wear and tear.
The Vega FFA chapter, known for their strong agricultural mechanics skills, was approached to design and build two new arches for the association to utilize. Action was taken to revamp and strengthen the arches for years to come. 

Chapter members Emily Carlson, Madison Osborn, Luke Mason, Pablo Lopez and Braden Lancaster contributed their time and skills to the construction and development. Jay Newton, Vega FFA advisor, selected these students to participate because the group were to receive their Lone Star degrees at this year’s convention.
The previously utilized arches were built by Friona FFA in the mid-1970s. A full circle moment occurred when research concluded that Osborn’s uncle contributed to building the structures 50 years ago. 

“Coming from a small town and an even smaller FFA chapter, working on this project is a great honor and privilege because out of thousands of other great chapters in the state, we were chosen to build a part of Texas FFA history. We will always remember this experience and contribution to our amazing organization,” the Vega FFA members said.
The team submitted a design for the arches to Texas FFA Executive Director Jennifer Jackson and after her approval began the fabrication during the summer.

“This project seemed simple in design. However, it is a huge accomplishment and honor to build for the Texas FFA Association,” Carlson said. “Not only did we build it, but we and generations to come get to walk through it as well.”

Reporter: Jacie Pennington, Bryson FFA


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