HomeLocal NewsIndian Lake & Benjamin Logan Graduates Receive Highest FFA HonorsIndian Lake & Benjamin Logan Graduates Receive Highest FFA HonorsMon, November 6, 2023 by April KingSHARE NOW Four Indian Lake graduates received the highest honor in FFA during the annual National FFA Convention in Indianapolis over the weekend. Recent ILHS graduates Allix Cotterman, Kayla Cummins, Jacob King, and Ethan Knief walked across the stage to officially receive their National FFA Degree. Each of these Laker alumni and former Indian Lake/OHP FFA officers is now studying a form of agriculture or working in the local ag industry. To be eligible to receive the American FFA Degree, members must meet qualifications such as receiving a State FFA Degree, holding active membership for the past three years, completing secondary instruction in an agricultural education program, and operating an outstanding supervised agricultural experience program. Community service, leadership abilities, and outstanding scholastic achievement are also required.Each year, the National FFA Organization honors 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.The American FFA Degree is bestowed upon a select group of students in recognition of their years of academic and professional excellence.This year over 4,400 American Degrees were awarded.Sponsored by Cargill, Case IH, Elanco Animal Health, and Syngenta, the award recognizes demonstrated ability and outstanding achievements in agricultural business, production, processing, or service programs.To be eligible, FFA members must have earned at least $10,000 or earned at least $2,000 and worked at least 2,250 hours outside of class time through a supervised agricultural experience (SAE) program in which they own their own business, hold a professional position as an employee or conduct research.Recipients must also complete 50 hours of community service and demonstrate outstanding leadership abilities and civic involvement through the completion of a long list of FFA and community activities. Less than one percent of FFA members achieve the American FFA Degree.Each recipient of the American FFA Degree receives a gold American FFA Degree key and certificate after being recognized at the national convention.The National FFA Organization is a school-based youth leadership development organization of more than 945,000 student members as part of 9,163 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.Benjamin Loga’s Ava Boysel, Taylor Forsythe, and Shelbie Snoke were also awarded the American FFA Degree.