Moon earns American FFA Degree



Reagan Moon will receive her American FFA degree in early 2022. She is an ag communications major at Texas A&M with plans to be a lobbyist for the agriculture industry. COURTESY PHOTO

Reagan Moon will receive her American FFA degree in early 2022. She is an ag communications major at Texas A&M with plans to be a lobbyist for the agriculture industry. COURTESY PHOTO

Reagan Moon, 2020 graduate of McMullen County ISD, will receive her American FFA Degree early next year.

Moon is the daughter of John and Barbye Moon, of Tilden, and granddaughter of Mike and Shirley Cassol, of Lindale, and Sammye Reagan, who has passed, but was a very important person in her life.

In high school, Moon competed in volleyball, basketball and track, and currently shoots shotguns competitively through her university’s club team.

Moon is a junior at Texas A&M-College Station majoring in agricultural communications with plans to be a lobbyist for the agriculture industry.

She met all of the requirements to receive her American FFA Degree including involvement in at least three community service projects.

“A really big one that I did was through the Tilden Baptist Church, and it was called World Changers,” Moon said. “We would travel on a road trip to a different state and participate in a massive service project. A bunch of churches would all come together and just do various service projects around that town that we were in.” Moon took part in this project twice—once in Joplin, Mo. and once in Covington, La.

In Joplin, Moon’s group helped a wheelchairbound woman whose property had been severely damaged by a tornado. They painted the outside of her house, cleaned up the inside and also built and painted a deck for her. In Covington, they built a resident a new fence.

“World Changers is also a mission trip,” Moon added. “So we were able to share our faith with the people that we helped as well.”

Moon showed goats at the McMullen County Livestock Show all four years of high school, but it was another FFA experience that led to her future career choice. She described how her involvement with public speaking, along with the guidance of a teacher, led her to change her original plans of becoming a veterinarian.

“I did public speaking through FFA in high school,” Moon said. “That changed everything that I wanted to do the first time I ever did public speaking.”

With encouragement from McMullen County ISD Ag Teacher, Jim Harris, Moon competed in public speaking at the San Antonio Livestock Show and Rodeo. After that, she said, it became her “favorite thing to do.”

“Mr. Harris, the ag teacher at Tilden, he changed a lot of kids’ lives working there …” Moon said. “He definitely shaped me to be the person that I am today. So FFA has done everything for me.”

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