EHS senior Mahala Carr receives FFA State Degree

Published 12:19 am Friday, March 4, 2022

BY HANNAH ASKEW   
STAR CORRESPONDENT
Elizabethton High School senior and Future Farmers of America (FFA) Chapter President Mahala Carr recently received her FFA State Degree.
She will accept her award at the 94th Tennessee FFA Convention in Gatlinburg this March in front of an audience of three thousand people.
Tennessee’s FFA program includes two hundred and twenty chapters and over twenty-eight thousand members. Carr is the only student from Elizabethton High School to claim the accomplishment of receiving this honorable degree.
To receive her degree, she needed the prerequisite of being an FFA Officer for a minimum of two years, completing community service hours, and filling out an essay application explaining why this award is something she deserves.
Being the FFA Chapter President, Carr’s duties include planning events, guiding new members, and acting as a role model throughout every aspect of the club.
“One of the most valuable lessons I’ve learned through FFA is how to include people. When you join FFA, we don’t want you to feel like an outcast, so we try to include everyone in everything we do,” Carr said.
She also notes that her position in FFA encourages her to be a positive influence on her community as she constantly strives to be a guiding figure at Elizabethton High School.
Carr said, “I’ve definitely made more friends being a part of FFA and I feel like my title makes me a nicer or friendlier person because I have to be a good example and a role model to other members.”
After graduation, Carr plans on attending Northeast State Community College where she intends to study agribusiness. She feels strongly that her experience being the FFA Chapter President and her knowledge learned from taking agriculture classes at Elizabethton will have a significant influence on her future.
While attending Northeast State, Carr aims to work towards receiving the American FFA Degree, the highest honor awarded to FFA members demonstrating unparalleled commitment and contributing influential accomplishments to the growing world of agricultural development.
After attending Northeast State, Carr notes that she is considering furthering her education at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Her dream job is to be an agricultural loan officer, combining two of her favorite things: agriculture and numbers.
Earning her FFA State Degree is important to Carr because she believes it will help her get a favorable job after college.

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