PITSBURG – 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. 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 also are 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 approves qualified candidates to receive the American FFA Degree at the National FFA Convention & Expo.
Franklin Monroe-MVCTC FFA members Wyatt King and Logan Ressler both earned their American FFA Degrees this year and were given these awards at the 91st National FFA Convention, which was held in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Throughout King’s career in the FFA chapter, he served in many leadership capacities including chapter president for two years. He also participated in many judging contests including Parliamentary Procedures and the Ag and Industrial Diagnostics contest. He attended both the state and national convention on numerous occasions. King also was heavily involved with community service projects both within the school and with other outside organizations.
King’s SAE consisted of a job placement experience with two local agriculture producers. Throughout his high school career he logged more than 1,500 hours of work experience at these locations. Since graduating from high school, King has continued to work for one of these producers along with earning his associates degree in agriculture from Edison State. Currently, he is also involved with the fire department in the local town as well.
Ressler also was very active within the FFA chapter throughout high school. He served as a leader for the younger members to follow throughout his time in the program. Ressler was a members of several committees and assisted with projects such as Adopt-A-Highway and Franklin Monroe-MVCTC FFA’s annual “Ag for America” Day. Like King, Ressler attended several leadership event such as the state FFA convention.
Ressler’s SAE consisted of several projects. Two of the most substantial were his job placement experiences working with his family on the farm and working at the Keller Grain and Feed Drive through in Greenville. Through these two experiences, Ressler logged more than 2,300 hours of work and he gained valuable skills that will serve him well as he continues to work in the agriculture industry. Since graduating from high school, Ressler earned his associate degree in agriculture from Edison State, and he currently is enrolled at Wright State where he will complete his bachelor’s degree in agriculture.