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Local FFA members named to national honor

Nov 12, 2012
Photo by: Washington High School FFA Washington High School FFA members who received the American degree, pictured from left, are Travis Shelman, Jordan Vittetoe, Janelle Erwin, Joel Vittetoe and Nick Kleese.

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Each year, the National FFA Organization is proud to honor the 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. That honor, the American FFA Degree, is bestowed upon a select group of individuals for years of academic and professional excellence.

Janelle Erwin, daughter of Dave and Tammy Erwin, Nick Kleese, son of John and Sue Kleese, Travis Shelman, son of Nick and Rhonda Shelman, Joel Vittetoe, son of Tom and Tammy Vittetoe, and Jordan Vittetoe, son of Jerry and Deb Vittetoe, are all FFA members representing the Washington FFA Chapter who were selected to join that exclusive list and were awarded the American FFA Degree at the 85th National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis.

The convention which occurred Oct. 24-27, is known as the largest student gathering in the United States.

The American FFA Degree 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 $7,500 through a supervised agricultural experience program in which they start, own or hold a professional position in an existing agriculture enterprise. Recipients must also complete 50 community service hours, as well as demonstrate outstanding leadership abilities and community involvement.

Each recipient of the American FFA Degree collects a gold American FFA Degree Key plus a certificate after being on-stage during the convention.

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