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American Degree Candidates      
  As the highest degree achievable in the National FFA Organization, the American FFA Degree shows an FFA member’s dedication to his or her chapter and state FFA association. It demonstrates the effort FFA members apply toward their supervised agricultural experience and the outstanding leadership abilities and community involvement they exhibited through their FFA career.

American FFA Degree recipients show promise for the future and have gone above and beyond to achieve excellence.

Candidates for the American FFA Degree will be honored on-stage during the National FFA Convention & Expo. Recipients receive a certificate and the American FFA Degree key in honor of their accomplishments and dedication to FFA.

2021 American Degree Candidates 

Ashlin Usrey, Alpena
Janie Wilson, Bismarck
Ainsley Purifoy, Camden-Fairview
Ethan Angel, Centerpoint
Brooke Bradford, Clinton
Sarah Thomas, Concord
Paige Barrett, Decatur
Malli Dooly, Emerson
Grace Hewat, Fayetteville East
Kyleen Hewitt, Fouke
Dalton Berry, Genoa-Central
Ashlynn Brewer, Genoa-Central
Matthew Dikerson, Genoa-Central
Emily Fenton, Genoa-Central
Hunter Parker, Genoa-Central
Raven Randolph, Hillcrest
Abby McMahen, Magnolia
Carlin Whaley, Magnolia
Brittany Cochran, Maynard
Abagail McQuary, Maynard
Alex Jennings, Mountain Home
Dominic Pizzimenti, Mountain Home
Russell Sharpe, Mountain Home
Caelan Pearson, Nashville
Robyn Gossard, Paris
Brooklyn Johnson, Quitman
Christina Tolley, Quitman
Hannah Walters, Quitman
Rayven Gariss, St. Paul
Ethan Garza, St. Paul
Jacob Adcock, Stuttgart
Blair Ball, Stuttgart
Kaelyn Griffith, Stuttgart
Riley Hoyle, Taylor


National Chapter Award      
The National Chapter Award Program is designed to recognize FFA chapters that actively implement the mission and strategies of the organization. These chapters improve chapter operations using the National Quality Chapter Standards (NQCS) and a Program of Activities (POA) that emphasize growing leaders, building communities and strengthening agriculture. Chapters are rewarded for providing educational experiences for the entire membership.

Local Degrees      
Discovery FFA Degree
To be eligible to receive the Discovery FFA Degree from a chapter, a member must meet the following minimum requirements:
1.    Be enrolled in an agriculture class for at least a portion of the school year while in grades 7-8.
2.   Have become a dues-paying member of FFA at local, state and national levels.
3.   Participate in at least one local FFA chapter activity outside of scheduled class time.
4.   Have knowledge of agriculturally related career, ownership and entrepreneurial opportunities.
5.   Be familiar with the local FFA chapter’s Program of Activities.
6.   Submit written application for the degree.

Greenhand FFA Degree

To be eligible to receive the Greenhand FFA Degree from the chapter, a member must meet the following minimum qualifications:
1.    Be enrolled in agricultural education and have satisfactory plans for a supervised agricultural experience program.
2.   Learn and explain the FFA Creed, motto, salute and FFA mission statement.
3.   Describe and explain the meaning of the FFA emblem and colors.
4.   Demonstrate a knowledge of the FFA Code of Ethics and the proper use of the FFA jacket.
5.   Demonstrate a knowledge of the history of the organization, the chapter constitution and bylaws and the chapter Program of Activities.
6.   Personally own or have access to the Official FFA Manual and the Official FFA Student Handbook.
7.   Submit written application for the Greenhand FFA Degree.

Chapter FFA Degree
To be eligible to receive the Chapter FFA Degree from the chapter, a member must meet the following minimum qualifications:
1.    Must have received the Greenhand FFA Degree.
2.   Must have satisfactorily completed the equivalent of at least 180 hours of systematic school instruction in agricultural education at or above the ninth grade level, have in operation an approved supervised agricultural experience program and be enrolled in an agriculture course. 
3.   Have participated in the planning and conducting of at least three official functions in the chapter’s Program of Activities. 
4.   A student after entering agricultural education must have:a.    Earned and productively invested at least $150 by the member’s own efforts; or worked at least 45 hours in excess of scheduled class time; or a combination thereof; and b.     Developed plans for continued growth and improvement in a supervised agricultural experience program. 
5.   Have effectively led a group discussion for 15 minutes. 
6.   Have demonstrated five procedures of parliamentary law. 
7.   Show progress toward individual achievement in the FFA award programs. 
8.   Have a satisfactory scholastic record. 
9.   Have participated in at least 10 hours of community service activities. These hours are in addition to and cannot be duplicated as paid or unpaid supervised agricultural experience hours.
10.   Submit a written application for the Chapter FFA Degree.

Other requirements may be established by the chapter and/or the state FFA association.

The Arkansas FFA Association has no other requirements than those listed above. 


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