FFA Alum Attend National Convention
Three members of the Hayes Center FFA chapter traveled to Indianapolis October 26-28th to attend the National FFA Convention and receive their American FFA Degree. Earning the degree from Hayes Center this year were Kasey Clifford, Alex Lawson and Allyson Lawson. The American Degree is the highest degree and FFA member an earn and typically less than 1% of the membership receives this degree each year.
To receive the American Degree, students must first earn a set of preliminary degrees. Those degrees are the Greenhand Degree, usually received their freshman or sophomore year, Chapter Degree received during their second year of membership and then the State Degree, earned their senior year or first year in college. These degrees are based on a students Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) program and their FFA participation. The SAE is an outside of class, work experience program related to agriculture where students learn various skill and in most cases, earn money.
The specific requirements for the American Degree, are follows:
Have received the State FFA Degree, have been an active member for the past three years (36 months) and have a record of satisfactory participation in the activities on the chapter and state level.
Have completed at least 360 hours of Agricultural Education
Have graduated from high school at least 12 months prior to the national convention at which the degree is to be granted. (Note, students can be FFA members till they are 21).
Have in operation and have maintained records to substantiate an outstanding supervised agricultural experience program.
A student after entering agricultural education must have: Earn at least $10,000 and productively invested $7,500
Have a record of outstanding leadership abilities and community involvement and have achieved a high school scholastic record of “C” or better as certified by the principal or superintendent.
Have participated in at least 50 hours of community service within at least three different community service activities.
“I was really pleased that Kasey, Alex and Allyson committed to completing the American Degree. They are great examples for our younger members. To maintain an SAE and the records that go with them takes a lot of individual responsibility, especially as busy college students. It was especially nice that some of our younger members in attendance at convention were able to share this experience with the American Degree recipients,” stated Randy Vlasin, FFA Advisor.
Also attending the American Degree Ceremony were Mark and Deb Clifford parents of Kasey and Tim and Lisa Lawson, parents of Allyson and Alex.