Southwest students earn FFA Degrees

Wednesday, January 2, 2019
From left, Morgan Mitchell, Sydney Santos, JR Henry and Kendra Hayworth show their FFA Degrees, which were conferred upon them at the National FFA Convention, in Lucas Oil Stadium at Indianapolis, Ind. The American FFA Degree is awarded to members who have demonstrated the highest level of commitment to FFA and made significant accomplishments in their supervised agricultural experiences (SAEs). Contributed photo

The Southwest FFA Chapter would like to recognize Morgan Mitchell, Sydney Santos, JR Henry and Kendra Hayworth for their accomplishments in earning the American FFA Degree, which was conferred upon them at the National FFA Convention, in Lucas Oil Stadium at Indianapolis, Ind.

The American FFA Degree is awarded to members who have demonstrated the highest level of commitment to FFA and made significant accomplishments in their supervised agricultural experiences (SAEs). The American FFA Degree is awarded at the National FFA Convention & Expo each year to less than 1 percent of FFA members, making it one of the organization’s highest honors.

To be eligible to receive the American FFA Degree from the National FFA Organization, members must meet the following minimum qualifications: have received the State FFA Degree, have been an active member for the past three years and have a record of satisfactory participation in 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; 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; have earned at least $10,000 and productively invested $7,500 after entering agricultural education; have a record of outstanding leadership abilities and community involvement, and have achieved a high school scholastic record of “C” or better; have participated in at least 50 hours of community service within at least three different community service activities.

According to an FFA sponsor at Southwest, as students, each of these young people were at the top of their class in every way. They were all key leaders in the Southwest FFA Chapter, always participating in, planning and conducting events, setting an example for other members. As demonstrated by the above standards, they all conducted outstanding SAEs.