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, 4,353 American Degrees will be awarded. Marley Anderson the daughter of Mark and Anne Anderson, McKenzie Anderson the daughter of John Anderson and Shellie Anderson, Elena Boon the daughter of Arte and Suzy Boon, Isaiah Boon the son of Arte and Suzy Boon, Kaylie Campbell the daughter of Vince and Rachelle Campbell, Austin Case the son of Steve and Julie Case, Liberty Cox the daughter of Joseph and Terria Cox, Eric Davis the son of Scott and Heather Davis, Emilee Haley the daughter of Stephen and Brenda Haley, Ben Hayen the son of Bill and Shelley Hayen, Molly Jones the daughter of Michael and Kate Jones, Adler Marshall the son of Jeff and Kim Marshall, Cameron Moore the daughter of Tammy Moore and Rusty Moore, Lane Peters the son of Maria Peters and Robby Peters, Christian Reed the son of Joe and Tonya Reed, Claire Shipp the daughter of John and Annie Shipp received the American FFA Degree at the 92nd National FFA Convention in Indianapolis on Saturday, Nov. 2. It is the highest degree awarded by the National FFA Organization only given to 1% of FFA membership and recognizes demonstrated leadership abilities and outstanding achievements in agricultural business, production, processing and service programs.

FFA members who qualify for the American FFA Degree: Have received the State FFA Degree, have been an active member for the past three years (36 months) and have a record of satisfactory participation in the activities on the chapter and state level. Have satisfactorily completed the equivalent of at least three years (540 hours) of systematic secondary school instruction in an agricultural education program, or have completed at least the equivalent of 360 hours of systematic secondary school instruction in agricultural education and one full year of enrollment in a postsecondary agricultural program, or have completed the program of agricultural education offered in the secondary school last attended. Have graduated from high school at least 12 months prior to the national convention at which the degree is to be granted. Have in operation and have maintained records to substantiate an outstanding supervised agricultural experience program, through which the member has exhibited comprehensive planning and managerial and financial expertise. A student after entering agricultural education must have: Earn at least $10,000 and productively invested $7,500 or earned and productively invested $2,000 and worked 2,250 hours in excess of scheduled class time. Any combination of hours, times a factor of 3.56, plus actual dollars earned and productively invested must be equal to or greater than the number 10,000. Hours used for the purpose of producing earnings reported as productively invested income shall not be duplicated as hours of credit to meet the minimum requirements for the degree. Have a record of outstanding leadership abilities and community involvement and have achieved a high school scholastic record of “C” or better as certified by the principal or superintendent. Have participated in at least 50 hours of community service within at least three different community service activities. These hours are in addition to and cannot be duplicated as paid or unpaid supervised agricultural experience hours.

Each recipient of the American FFA Degree receives a gold American FFA Degree key and a certificate after being recognized on stage at that national convention.