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 the years of academic and professional excellence.
This year, the convention was held in Louisville, Kentucky. Isaac Schaffner, Blake Gurzynski, Levi Weber and Travis Schroeder all members of the Wauseon FFA chapter were awarded with the American Degree.
To be eligible, FFA members must have earned and productively invested $7500 through a supervised agricultural experience program in which they start, own or hold a professional position in an existing agriculture enterprise. Recipients must have completed 50 hours community service and demonstrate an outstanding leadership abilities and civic involvement.
Each of the 3,578 recipients of the American FFA degree received the gold American FFA degree key and certificate after being recognized on stage at the national convention.
Also recognized at the national convention held October 30th through November 2nd was Jeremy Ruger, son of Greg and Jerri Ruger, who was a national finalist in the Wildlife Management area of the Supervised Agricultural Experiences. Along with the Wauseon FFA members being awarded, 19 students in grades 10 through 12 spent the convention touring Jungle Jim’s grocery store, attending sessions, career show and expo, and visiting the Mammoth Caves in Louisville.
The national FFA organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 557,300 student members in grades seven through 12 who belong to one of 7,498 local FFA chapters throughout the US, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.