Several members of the Rockdale FFA attended the 85th annual Texas FFA Association convention in Dallas on July 8-12. Rockdale FFA officers attending were (front row, L-R) Kaybee Nelson, Rylee Cowen, Erin Free, (back row) advisor Brandon Grigsby, advisor Amanda Grigsby (holding Aydon), Cody Mynar, Justin Offield, Travis Morgan, Fred Henderson, advisor Art Free. While at convention, Erin Free served her third term on the Convention Chronicle staff. The Convention Chronicle staff interviews, photographs and designs the Convention newspaper. Andrew Jenkins also rode his way to the State Champion Bareback Rider in the Texas FFA Rodeo. This honor earned Jenkins a $1,000 scholarship. Cody Mynar (below left) and Erin Free received their Lonestar Degree from Texas FFA president Blake Vineyard. The Lonestar Degree is the highest degree available at the state level. Less than one percent of the Texas FFA membership holds their Lonestar Degree. Wesley Payne and Cierra Pomykal also earned their Lonestar Degrees but were unable to attend. The Rockdale FFA would like to thank the sponsors, supporters, school administration and parents that made the trip possible. If you are interested in learning more about Rockdale FFA chapter’s mission, please contact the Art Free, Amanda Grigsby or Brandon Grigsby at 512-430-6190.