Chattooga County’s Mary Anna Bentley, Addie Bridges, Mia Crider, and Grace Dooley received their American FFA Degree at the 95th National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis.
As the highest degree achievable in the National FFA Organization, the American FFA Degree shows an FFA member’s dedication to his or her chapter and state FFA association. It demonstrates the effort FFA members apply toward their supervised agricultural experience and the outstanding leadership abilities and community involvement they exhibited through their FFA career.
“I am so proud of these four young ladies. Seeing them grow up in our organization has been such a rewarding experience,” David Yarbrough, Chattooga High School’s FFA Advisor said. “They are all hard workers and achievers. This award is more than an FFA thing. It shows a well rounded citizen that is productive in our society and community.”
American FFA Degree recipients show promise for the future and have gone above and beyond to achieve excellence.
The requirements to earn the American FFA Degree are set forth in the National FFA Constitution. To be eligible to receive the American FFA Degree, members must meet qualifications such as receiving a State FFA Degree, holding active membership for the past three years, completing secondary instruction in an agricultural education program and operating an outstanding supervised agricultural experience program. Community service, leadership abilities and outstanding scholastic achievement are also required.
All applications are submitted to the National FFA Organization after approval of a member’s state association. After review by national staff, the National FFA Board of Directors approve qualified candidates to receive the American FFA Degree at the National FFA Convention & Expo.