Six Solanco FFA chapter members were among 61 recipients of the Keystone Degree, the highest degree awarded by the state FFA organization in a ceremony Monday at the Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg.

In order for a member to receive the award, they must demonstrate leadership ability and have a supervised agriculture experience.

The recipients are Solanco seniors: Eric Holzhauer, Clark Oberholtzer, Nicholas Stevens, Casey Strawser, Ashley Talbot and Matt Wiker.

Holzhauer, 18, son of Dave and Lori Holzhauer of Holtwood, enjoys hunting and riding dirt bikes and wants to operate a family farm.

Oberholtzer, 18, son of Mark and Brenda Young of Nottingham, enjoys hunting and four-wheeling and hopes to start his own excavating business.

Stevens, 17, son of Chuck and Michele Stevens of New Providence, enjoys hunting and fishing and plans to join the military before working as a mechanic.

Strawser, 17, daughter of Jim Strawser and Natalie Ortman of New Providence, enjoys horseback riding and tractor pulls and hopes to be a horse veterinarian and trainer.

Talbot, 18, daughter of John and Terry Talbot of New Providence, enjoys church and youth group activities and wants to operate an animal boarding business.

Wiker, 17, son of Ken and Lisa Wiker of Holtwood, enjoys hunting, trapping and fishing, and wants to be a farmer.

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