Teens receive FFA American Degree via virtual service

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Autumn Whiteleather, Ida Eglie and Lynden Ferguson

Three area high school graduates recently received the FFA American Degree during a virtual ceremony, during what was scheduled to be the National FFA  Convention.

Ida Eglie and Autumn Whiteleather are both 2019 honor graduates of Minerva High School and Lynden Ferguson is a 2019 graduate of Carrollton High School.

To receive the award, they had to complete seven requirements.

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: 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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