DCHS FFA members recognized at 90th National FFA Convention and Expo

Thursday, December 14, 2017
Pictured with their American FFA Degree are (L-R) Theron Gean (son of Ryan and Pennie Gean), Macye Walker (daughter of Shannon and Danna Walker), Hayley Box (daughter of Jeff and Brandy Box), Katie Smith (daughter of Dru & Leanne Smith and Chastity & Bryan Brandon) Zach Burchfiel (son of Rusty and Frankie Burchfiel); Not pictured are Anne Larrah Johnson (daughter of Leigh Ann Walker and the late Larry Johnson) and Olivia Trasolini (daughter of Fabio and Sherri Trasolini).

Seven Dyer County High School FFA members were recently recognized at the eighth general session of the 90th National FFA Convention & Expo on Saturday, October 28, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Each received their American FFA Degree, the highest degree given by the National FFA Organization. The recipients included: Hayley Box (daughter of Jeff and Brandy Box), Zach Burchfiel (son of Rusty and Frankie Burchfiel), Theron Gean (son of Ryan and Pennie Gean), Katie Smith (daughter of Dru & Leanne Smith and Chastity & Bryan Brandon) Macye Walker (daughter of Shannon and Danna Walker), Anne Larrah Johnson (daughter of Leigh Ann Walker and the late Larry Johnson) and Olivia Trasolini (daughter of Fabio and Sherri Trasolini).

The 2017 American FFA Degree recipients some 4,068 FFA members in all from 46 state associations were recognized at the 90th National FFA Convention & Expo. The American FFA Degree and American Star Awards are sponsored by CASE IH, Elanco and Syngenta.

The American FFA Degree is awarded to members who have demonstrated the highest level of commitment to FFA and made significant accomplishments in their supervised agricultural experiences (SAE).

In addition to their degree certificate, each recipient receives a gold American FFA Degree key.

American FFA Degree Requirements: The requirements to earn the American FFA Degree are set forth in the National FFA Constitution Article VI. Degrees and Privileges of Active Membership, Section F. ELIGIBILITY To be eligible to receive the American FFA Degree from the National FFA Organization, members must meet the following minimum qualifications: 1. 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. 2. Have satisfactorily completed the equivalent of at least three years (540 hours) of systematic secondary school instruction in an agricultural education program, or have completed at least the equivalent of 360 hours of systematic secondary school instruction in agricultural education and one full year of enrollment in a postsecondary agricultural program, or have completed the program of agricultural education offered in the secondary school last attended. 3. Have graduated from high school at least 12 months prior to the national convention at which the degree is to be granted. 4. Have in operation and have maintained records to substantiate an outstanding supervised agricultural experience program, through which the member has exhibited comprehensive planning and managerial and financial expertise. 5. A student after entering agricultural education must have: a. Earn at least $10,000 and productively invested $7,500 or b. Earned and productively invested $2,000 and worked 2,250 hours in excess of scheduled class time. Any combination of hours, times a factor of 3.56, plus actual dollars earned and productively invested must be equal to or greater than the number 10,000. Hours used for the purpose of producing earnings reported as productively invested income shall not be duplicated as hours of credit to meet the minimum requirements for the degree. 6. 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. 7. Have participated in at least 50 hours of community service within at least three different community service activities. These hours are in addition to and cannot be duplicated as paid or unpaid supervised agricultural experience hours.

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