Local students received national degrees
Posted: Tuesday, November 4, 2008 10:18 pm
Jerrod Hagan and Zack Faulkner recently received American FFA Degrees at the 81st National FFA Convention in Indianapolis. It is the highest degree awarded by the National FFA Organization and recognizes the students’ demonstrated leadership abilities and outstanding achievements in agricultural business, production, processing and service programs.
Less than one in 150 FFA members advance through their local chapter and state FFA degree programs to earn this national degree. Hagan is the son of Michael and Christy Hagan and is a student at Murray State University. Faulkner is the son of Jay Faulkner and Becky Caldwell. He is employed by the Kroger Corp. in Jeffersonville, Ind.
Both were members of the South Fulton FFA Chapter. Bryant Driver is their advisor.
Each 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 Case IH, The Farm Credit System Foundation and Pioneer Hi-Bred International Inc. and Syngenta, as a special project of the National FFA Foundation. The national FFA convention is the nation’s largest annual youth gathering, welcoming students, parents and educators from all across the United States.
The National FFA Organization, formerly known as the Future Farmers of America, is a national youth organization of 507,763 student members — all preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture — as part of 7,439 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The National FFA Organization changed to its present name in 1988, in recognition of the growth and diversity of agriculture and agricultural education. 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. Visit www.ffa.org for more information.