WARNER–Eighteen Connors State College students recently receive the American FFA Degree, the highest level of membership one can achieve as an FFA member. Among the recipients was Langston Upton from Wister.
The American FFA Degree is awarded to FFA members who have demonstrated the highest level of commitment to FFA. New members were recognized during the Eighth General Session of the 87th National FFA Convention & Expo in November.
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, 3,765 American Degrees were awarded.
The following current and former students of Connors State College were selected to receive the American FFA Degree at the 2014 National FFA Convention and Expo October 29-November 1 in Louisville, Ky.: Zane Webster, San Simon, Ariz; Cassidy Allread, Union City.; Cody Dawson, Haileyville.; Kendall Golden, Morris.; Jacob Green Muldrow.; Sarah Harris, Webbers Falls.; Bryce Hauenstein, Pryor.; Reba McCarty, Kellyville.; Jodi Rose, Webbers Falls.; Callie Shannon, Mason.; Wyatt Smith, Adair.; Ross Taylor, Okemah.; Langston Upton, Wister.; Linzie Hollingshed, Checotah.; Ridge Howell, Checotah.; Tommy Miner, Checotah.; Joel Reimer, Claremore.; and Trent Waugh, Laverne.
“The American FFA degree is the highest and most prestigious degree available from the National FFA organization,” said CSC Agriculture Division Chair Debra Golden. “We are very proud of these students who have gone above and beyond in their SAE programs and their communities to achieve this level of success.”
Sponsored by ADM Crop Risk Services, Case IH, DuPont Pioneer, Elanco, Farm Credit and Syngenta as a special project of the National FFA Foundation, 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 $7,500 through a supervised agricultural experience program in which they start, own or hold a professional position in an existing agriculture enterprise. Recipients must also complete 50 hours of community service and demonstrate outstanding leadership abilities and civic involvement.
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.
The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 579,678 student members in grades seven through 14 who belong to one of 7,570 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
For more information on the number of agriculture degree options offered at Connors State College visit www.connorsstate.edu.