Chillicothe FFA Chapter has highest number of State FFA Degree recipients

Chillicothe FFA Chapter has highest number of State FFA Degree recipients


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SEDALIA, Mo., May 1, 2021 – During the 93rd Missouri FFA Convention, 17 Chillicothe members received the State FFA Degree, the highest number of degree recipients this year for any chapter. The State FFA Degree is the highest degree members can receive at state level.

There were 858 degrees presented during the State FFA Degree Ceremony during the Convention, April 30 – May 1, on the Missouri State Fairgrounds, Sedalia.

Awarding of the degree is based on a member’s supervised agricultural experience program in agribusiness or production agriculture and leadership ability as demonstrated through involvement in FFA, school and community activities. The State FFA Degree award charms are sponsored by MFA Inc., Columbia.

“The State FFA Degree is the highest recognition a state can award, representing a select group of members, who have achieved a high-level of success,” said State FFA Advisor Leon Busdieker. “On the national level, Missouri has the largest number of American FFA Degree recipients of any state. In October 2020, 505 Missouri FFA members received the American FFA Degree.”

The Missouri FFA has 25,662 members representing 351 chapters. The national organization has more than 760,000 members representing 8,739 chapters in all 50 states and Puerto Rico.

The FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.

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From left front row: Warren Meservey, Chase Neptune, Connor Keithley, Julia Stimpson and Ava Gibson

Middle row: Chandler Stedem, Colby Gillespie, Kade Simmer, Trace Rardon, Keagan Valbracht and Gabryelle Hapes

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