Each year, the National FFA Organization is proud to honor the 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. That honor, the American FFA Degree, is bestowed upon a select group of individuals for years of academic and professional excellence.
This year there were 3,245 individuals who received this degree; that is one in 1,666 of the 540,379 members who advance through chapter and state FFA degrees to earn the American Degree.
Tyler Dutton, an FFA member representing the Hotchkiss FFA Chapter, was selected to join that exclusive list and was awarded the American FFA Degree at the 85th National FFA Convention and Expo in Indianapolis, Ind. The convention is known as the largest student gathering in the United States and occurred Oct. 24-27.
The American FFA Degree is sponsored by Case IH, Farm Credit, Elanco, DuPont and Syngenta as a special project of the National FFA Foundation. It 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 $7,500 through a supervised agricultural experience program in which they started, own or hold a professional position in an existing agriculture enterprise. Recipients must also complete 50 community service hours, as well as demonstrate outstanding leadership abilities and community involvement.
Each recipient of the American FFA Degree received a gold American FFA Degree Key plus certificate after being on-stage during the convention.
Individuals traveling to the National Convention and Expo to watch Tyler receive his degree were his mother, Michelle Dutton, his FFA Advisor, Teresa Burns, and Bill and Nancy Carlson.blog comments powered by Disqus