FFA Student Earns National American Degree

FFA Student Earns National American Degree
Each year, the National FFA Organization honors FFA members who show the utmost dedication to the organization. Shaylynn Leigh Elick, a Buckingham Senior FFA chapter member, was awarded the American FFA Degree at the 95th National FFA Convention and Expo, held October 26-29. Each recipient of the American FFA Degree receives a gold American FFA Degree key and certificate after being recognized at the national convention.

Sponsored by Case IH, Elanco Animal Health, Pepsico Inc., and Syngenta, 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 $10,000 through a supervised agricultural experience (SAE) program in which they own their own business or hold a professional position as an employee. Recipients must also complete 50 hours of community service and demonstrate outstanding leadership abilities and civic involvement through completing a long list of FFA and community activities.

The American FFA Degree is bestowed upon a select group of students to recognize their years of academic and professional excellence. The National FFA Organization is a school-based national youth leadership development organization of more than 735,000 student members as part of 8,817 local FFA chapters in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. This year, 4,305 American Degrees were awarded. Less than one percent of FFA members achieve the American FFA Degree.
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