Ashley Fritz, Stephanie Howey and Melissa VanDerWerff, members of the West Central FFA Chapter will be awarded the American FFA Degree during the 84th National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana in October. Earning the degree means they are among a select group of individuals to be recognized for years of academic and professional excellence.
The American FFA Degree is the highest award that can be bestowed upon an FFA member. Roughly 3500 members will be awarded the degree during the National FFA Convention. This represents one half of one percent of all members. The American FFA recognizes demonstrated leadership ability and outstanding achievements in agricultural business, production, processing or service programs. To be eligible, members must have earned and productively invested $7,500 through a supervised agricultural experience (SAE) program in which they start, own, or hold a professional position in an existing agriculture enterprise. Recipients must also make it their mission to demonstrate outstanding leadership abilities and community involvement.
Fritz, Howey and VanDerWerff are three of approximately 3500 members out of more than 523,309 FFA members to earn the degree. The American FFA Degree recognition program is sponsored by Case IH, DTN, Farm Credit, Pioneer Hi-Bred and Syngenta. Their FFA Advisor is Linda Petersen.