|MARTIN, Tenn. – Fifteen students from the University of Tennessee at Martin were honored with American FFA Degrees at the 85th National FFA Convention and Exposition held Oct. 24-27 in Indianapolis, Ind.
American FFA Degrees are awarded annually to those FFA members who show dedication to premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. The award recognizes ability and achievements in agricultural business, production, processing or service programs.
To be eligible for the award, FFA members must have earned and invested $7,500 through a supervised agricultural experience program in which they hold a professional position in an existing agricultural enterprise. Recipients must also complete 50 community service hours, as well as demonstrate outstanding leadership abilities and community involvement.
Each award recipient collects a gold American FFA Degree key and a certificate, as well as the opportunity to appear on stage during the national convention.
The UT Martin students who received the award this year were Lauren Bennett, of Murfreesboro; Seth Boroughs, of Parsons; Dakota Brasher, of Reagan; Jacob Everett, of Mount Juliet; Olivia Fernandez, of Trenton; Charles Thomas Hammond III, of Halls; Carrie King, of Toone; Gina Locke, of Franklin; Clint Murby, of Selmer; Jesi Ogg, of Martin; Beth Ray, of Dresden; Jacob Shea, of Parsons; Lindsey Turner, of Covington; John Garrett Vincent, of Martin; and Kaine Winstead, also of Martin.
The American FFA Degree is sponsored by Case IH, The Progressive Farmer, Farm Credit, Syngenta and Pioneer, a DuPont business, as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.
The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 540,379 student members in grades seven through 12 who belong to one of 7,489 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
For more information, contact Dr. James Butler, professor of agriculture, geosciences and natural resources, at 731-881-7271 or by email at email@example.com.