INDIANAPOLIS — Each year, the National FFA Organization honors FFA members who show the utmost dedication to the organization through their desire to develop their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.
The American FFA Degree is bestowed upon a select group of students in recognition of their years of academic and professional excellence. This year 4,305 American Degrees were be awarded, 567 of them from California.
Deyvet Carbajal, Kimberly Copland, Oswaldo Garcia, Merary Hernandez, Lisandro Jimenez, Lesly Madriz, Lizbeth Mendez, German Molina, Angel Reyes, Iris Sarabia and Gavin Toews were awarded the American FFA Degree at the 95th National FFA Convention & Expo on October 26-29. They will join the ranks of the 157 members from the chapter who previously earned this honor.
Sponsored by Case IH, Elanco Animal Health, Pepsico Inc., and Syngenta, the award recognizes demonstrated ability and outstanding achievements in agricultural business, production, processing or service programs.
To be eligible, FFA members must have earned and productively invested $10,000 through a supervised agricultural experience (SAE) program in which they own their own business or hold a professional position as an employee. Recipients must also complete 50 hours community service and demonstrate outstanding leadership abilities and civic involvement through completion of a long list of FFA and community activities. Less than one percent of FFA members achieve the American FFA Degree.
Each recipient of the American FFA Degree receives a gold American FFA Degree key and certificate after being recognized at the national convention.
The National FFA Organization is a school-based national youth leadership development organization of more than 735,000 student members as part of 8,817 local FFA chapters in all 50 states Puerto Rico.
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