2017-12-07 / Community

Thumb FFA members awarded National American FFA Degree


Raquel Iseler, North Huron, with father, Robby, and brother, Robby Jr. Raquel Iseler, North Huron, with father, Robby, and brother, Robby Jr. INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA - Each year, the National FFA Organization honors FFA members who show the utmost dedication to the organization through their desire to develop their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.

The American FFA Degree is bestowed upon a select group of students in recognition of their years of academic and professional excellence. This year, 4,071 American Degrees were awarded the American Degree at the 90th National FFA Convention & Expo, Oct. 25-28, in Indianapolis, Indiana.

The following FFA members were honored from the Thumb Area: Kylie Bates, USA FFA; Emily Booms, Ubly FFA; Andrew Gosdzinski, Ubly FFA; Raquel Iseler, North Huron FFA; Adrianna Jackson, Tuscola Career Center; Jared Koehler, Tuscola Career Center; Joe Lipskey, Ubly FFA; Emma Maust, Laker FFA; Sheridan Pawlowski, North Huron FFA; Brittany Rau, Tuscola Career Center; Sarah Rice, North Huron FFA; Daniel Rutkowski, Ubly FFA; Daniel Sadro, Ubly FFA; Mark Scholtz, Harbor Beach FFA; and Jesse Vogel, Ubly FFA.


Kylie Bates with past advisor Vicki Yackle Kylie Bates with past advisor Vicki Yackle 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 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.


Emma Maust, Laker Emma Maust, Laker The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 653,359 student members who belong to one of 78,568 local FFA chapters throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The organization is also supported by 225,891 alumni members in 1,934 alumni chapters throughout the United States.

The National FFA Organization is a national youth organization of 653,359 student members as part of 8,568 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The organization is supported by 344,239 alumni members in 2,051 local FFA Alumni chapters throughout the United States The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. The National FFA Organization operates under a federal charter granted by the 81st United States Congress and it is an integral part of public instruction in agriculture. The U.S. Department of Education provides leadership and helps set direction for FFA as a service to state and local agricultural education programs. For more, visit the National FFA Organization online at FFA.org and on Facebook, Twitter and the official National FFA Organization blog.

The National FFA Foundation builds partnerships with industry, education, government, other foundations and individuals to secure financial resources that recognize FFA member achievements, develop student leaders and support the future of agricultural education. Governed by a 19-member board of trustees composed of educators, business leaders, individual donors and FFA Alumni, the foundation is a separately registered nonprofit organization. About 82 percent of every dollar received by the foundation supports FFA members and agricultural education opportunities. For more, visit FFA.org/Give.

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