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Local FFA members awarded National American FFA Degree
Turlock FFA
Deegan Walters and Wyatt Wool are two of the 11 Turlock High FFA members awarded the American FFA Degree (Photo contributed).

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 4,305 American Degrees were be awarded.

The following members from the Turlock FFA Chapter were awarded the American FFA Degree at the 95th National FFA Convention & Expo Oct. 26-29: Michael Alamo, Pairs Cabral, Jonathan Diaz, Bobby Estacio, Lucas Fontes, Kylee Kelso, Erica Matingle, Dylan Newsome, Jackie Perez, Deegan Walters and Wyatt Wool. 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 own their own business or hold a professional position as an employee. Recipients must also complete 50 hours community service and demonstrate outstanding leadership abilities and civic involvement through completion of a long list of FFA and community activities. Less than one percent of FFA members achieve the American FFA Degree.

Each recipient of the American FFA Degree receives a gold American FFA Degree key and certificate after being recognized at the national convention.