[caption id="attachment_8386" align="aligncenter" width="400"]<a href="http:\/\/pocahontastimes.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/25\/2015\/04\/Kindra-Carr.jpg"><img src="http:\/\/pocahontastimes.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/25\/2015\/04\/Kindra-Carr.jpg" alt="Pocahontas County High School senior Kindra Carr will receive her State Degree at the State FFA\u2008Convention at Cedar Lakes this summer. Photo courtesy of Erwin Berry" width="400" height="423" class="size-full wp-image-8386" \/><\/a> Pocahontas County High School senior Kindra Carr will receive her State Degree at the State FFA\u2008Convention at Cedar Lakes this summer. Photo courtesy of Erwin Berry[\/caption]\r\n\r\nSuzanne Stewart\r\nStaff Writer\r\n\r\nPocahontas County High School senior and FFA president Kindra Carr recently received the exciting news that she will receive the FFA State Degree \u2013 the highest degree the state association awards.\r\n\r\nWhen rumors began circulating that a couple applicants did not receive the State Degree, Carr worried she was one of them.\r\n\r\n\u201cI heard they had two people out of the whole state that didn\u2019t make it, so there was a little bit of doubt,\u201d she said. \u201cI thought, \u2018oh no, I might not get it.\u2019 Then Mr. [Erwin] Berry called me and said, \u2018you might have to \u2013 go to Cedar Lakes and get your State Degree.\u2019 I was so happy. All this hard work paid off.\u201d\r\n\r\nReceiving a State Degree is no easy task. Carr is the first PCHS student in a decade to be awarded the honor.\r\n\r\n\u201cTo be able to apply for your State Degree, you have to have so many hours of working on the farm,\u201d Carr said. \u201cYou have to be able to have a profit of at least $1,000, and you have to have so much expense in your income. I\u2019ve got chickens and pigs and goats, and I\u2019ve kept records ever since I was a freshman.\u201d\r\n\r\nHer efforts these past four years have paid off, in more ways than one. Along with the high honor of the State Degree, Carr has become more sociable, a leader in her school and a strong competitor. Carr joined FFA her freshman year and rose through the ranks to become president.\r\n\r\nFor some, the extra training for the FFA program and competitions would be a chore, but for Carr, it\u2019s fun.\r\n\r\n\u201cWhenever you\u2019re in FFA, you\u2019re around so many new people,\u201d she said. \u201cI love whenever we get to do competitions because you get to learn so many new things. I\u2019m going to be on the poultry team this year and I\u2019ve learned so many things I didn\u2019t even know about chickens just from being on the team.\r\n\r\n\u201cYou grow as a person \u2013 getting to experience new things,\u201d she continued. \u201cIt\u2019s helped me a lot. Whenever I was a freshman, I wasn\u2019t talkative at all and now I can walk up to anybody and start a conversation.\u201d\r\n\r\nAt the recent regional competition, Carr won first place in extemporaneous speaking. She competed at the state level this summer at Cedar Lakes. Carr has competed at the state level, but never moved on to the national competition. She has, however, attended national conferences.\r\n\r\n\u201cMy first year we went to Indiana,\u201d she said. \u201cWe pretty much toured that whole place. We went to the career show, the shopping mall and then we went to the rodeo. We went to so many sessions which had all the national officers.\u201d\r\n\r\nThe national convention will be in Louisville, Kentucky, this year.\r\n\r\nCarr has a few months before she officially receives her State Degree and her excitement level hasn\u2019t decreased since she first heard the news.\r\n\r\n\u201cJust to walk across that stage and get my State Degree in front of the whole state, it\u2019s just an unbelievable experience,\u201d she said. \u201cAll the state officers and the state advisor, and Walt Helmick will be there. I\u2019m so excited.\u201d\r\n\r\nAfter she graduates from PCHS, Carr plans to continue her pursuit of the agriculture field with an associate\u2019s degree from Potomac State College, followed by an agriculture education degree from West Virginia University.\r\n\r\nCarr wants to follow in the footsteps of her agriculture teachers who helped her become the ag-savvy person she is today.\r\n\r\n\u201cI want to teach agriculture,\u201d she said. \u201cIf it wouldn\u2019t have been for Mrs. [Sammantha] Bartley and Mr. Berry, I wouldn\u2019t have ever been as far as I am. I owe them a lot of thanks and a lot of gratitude.\u201d\r\n\r\nCarr is the daughter of Brent and Treana Carr, of Arbovale.