American FFA degrees

Three members of the Bedford County Technical Center’s FFA chapter were awarded American FFA Degrees at the National FFA Conventions and Expo recently in Indianapolis, Ind. Those members are, from left, Carla Bush, Heidi Barkley, and Delanee Cessna.

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Three members of the Bedford County Technical Center’s FFA chapter were awarded the American FFA Degree at the 92nd National FFA Convention and Expo held Oct. 30 through Nov. 2 in Indianapolis.

Heidi Barkley, Carla Bush, and Delanee Cessna each earned the American FFA Degree, which bestowed up on a select group of students in recognition of their years of academic and professional excellence. This year, 4,353 American Degrees were awarded.

Heidi Barkley of Manns Choice is the daughter of Melanie Barkley and Brian Barkley. Heidi is currently a student at Penn State University and is majoring in animal science.

Carla Bush of Bedford is the daughter of Chris and Carol Bush. Carla is attending Delaware Valley University and is majoring in food science.

Delanee Cessna of Bedford is the daughter of Mike and Tiffany Cessna. Delanee is enrolled in the agribusiness program at Potomac State College.

Each year, the National FFA Organization awards the American FFA Degree to students that 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.

The American FFA Degree is awarded annually at the National FFA Convention & Expo to less than one percent of FFA members, making it one of the organization’s highest honors.

To be eligible, the FFA members must have earned and productively invested $10,000 through a supervised agriculture enterprise. Recipients must also complete 50 hours of community service and demonstrate outstanding leadership abilities and civic involvement.

Each recipient of the American FFA Degree is recognized on stage at the national convention and is awarded a gold American FFA Degree key and certificate.

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