Edison grads gain FFA degrees

RICHMOND — Two Edison High School graduates attained degrees for their work during the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Ind.

Edison FFA advisor Chuck Cline said alums Travis Brand and Matt Randolph both received American FFA Degrees during the Oct. 28 convention, for projects and leadership skills.

Brand, who a sophomore studying diesel and hydraulics at Agriculture Technical Institute in Wooster, Ohio, and Randolph, a sophomore animal science major at Ohio State University, had to meet continuous work requirements to earn the honors.

“This is for continued work with leadership and Supervised Agricultural Experience programs,” Cline explained. “They control their own projects.”

He said both Brand and Randolph completed requirements to earn more than $10,000 through their SAE projects and handled cattle. Randolph bred, raised and showed the animals and Brand bred, raised and sold his steer. In addition, both FFA members had to complete public speaking, be an officer in the organization, and be involved with leadership and development activities.

Only Brand attended along with Cline and the event took place at the Lucas Oil Stadium and Pacers Arena.

“We’ve only four or five receive that award and that’s the first time we’ve had two people in eight years. It takes a lot of dedication to achieve this,” Cline said.

About 60,000 FFA members and advisors generally attend the event, where they hear speakers, take part in leadership development programs, seminars, a career show and sightseeing or agriculture-related tours.

Cline said he has taken at least a half dozen members in the past and other excursions included stops at the Indianapolis Speedway, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and agritourism venues.