INDIANAPOLIS, IN — John Davis (son of Bret and Darla Davis), Lauren Dietzschold (Keith and Linda Dietzschold), Maycee Hoover (Kimbra Mullenix and Mark Hoover), Marie McMahan (Les McMahan and Kim McMahan), Colton Reeter (son of Eric and Jennifer Reeter), and Cassie Reid (Jeff Reid and Anita Reid) received the American FFA Degree at the 85th National FFA Convention in Indianapolis on Saturday, October 27, 2012. It is the highest degree awarded by the National FFA Organization and recognizes John, Lauren, Maycee, Marie, Colton, and Cassie demonstrated leadership abilities and outstanding achievements in agricultural business, production, processing and service programs.

FFA members who qualify for the American FFA Degree: Have received a Greenhand FFA Degree, Chapter FFA Degree and State FFA Degree.  Have been FFA members for at least three years.  Have completed at least three years (540 hours) of high school agriculture classes, or 2 years of high school agriculture classes and one year of college agriculture classes (360 hours.)  Have graduated from high school one year prior to the National FFA Convention at which their degree will be awarded.  Have maintained detailed SAE records, which demonstrate outstanding planning, managerial and financial skills.  Have earned and productively invested at least $7,500, or have earned and productively invested at least $1,500 and worked 2,250 hours beyond scheduled school hours through their SAEs.  Have a record of outstanding leadership skills.  Have a record of participating in community service activities.  Have maintained a “C” grade average or better.

Less than one in 151 FFA members advance through their local chapter and state FFA degree programs to earn this national degree. They received a gold American FFA Degree key and a certificate in a blue leatherette frame to commemorate the achievement. The recognition program is sponsored by Alltech, Case IH, Du Pont, Elanco, Farm Credit, Pioneer Hi-Bred, and Syngenta, as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

The National FFA Organization is a national youth organization of 557,318 student members as part of 7,498 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. 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, on Facebook, Twitter and the official National FFA Organization blog.