The American FFA Degree is bestowed upon a select group of students in recognition of their years of academic and professional excellence. The American Degree is the highest award that is bestowed upon an FFA member.
This year, 4,262 American Degrees were awarded throughout the nation at the 91st National FFA Convention and Expo on Oct. 27, in Indianapolis. Much to the community’s pride, three of those recipients were from the South Central chapter.
The winners were Miles Burton, son of Robert and Debra Burton, of North Fairfield; Summer Sweeting, daughter of Don and Sandy Sweeting, of North Fairfield; and Kara Walcher, daughter of Daren and Amanda Walcher, of North Fairfield.
Sponsored by Case IH, Elanco Animal Health 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 start, own or hold a professional position in an existing agricultural enterprise.
Recipients must also complete 50 hours community service and demonstrate outstanding leadership abilities and civic involvement. Each recipient of the American FFA Degree receives a gold American FFA Degree key and certificate after being recognized on stage at the national convention.