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Pingetzer earns American FFA Degree at national convention

Nov 15, 2013 - From staff reports

CHEYENNE -- Thirty Wyoming FFA members were honored by the National FFA Organization on Nov. 2 at the National FFA Convention in Louisville, Ky., for receiving the American FFA Degree.

Shoshoni resident Jessica Pingetzer was among the degree recipients.

"The American FFA Degree is awarded to FFA members who have demonstrated the highest level of commitment to FFA and made significant accomplishments in their supervised agriculture experiences," explained state FFA adviser Stacy Broda.

To be eligible for the American FFA Degree, students must have earned and productively invested $7,500 in their SAE or worked 2,250 hours and earned/invested $1,500.

Students also must have participated in community service activities and have a record of outstanding leadership skills. Recipients are selected by a committee of agriculture education advisers and submitted to the National FFA Organization.

Members were honored in a special ceremony at the national convention. Roughly 3,500 American FFA Degrees are handed out each year at the national convention.

"Less than half of 1 percent of all FFA members receive the degree each year, making it one of the organization's highest honors," said Broda. "The degree represents six years of hard work and dedication on the part of our members. We are proud of all of these students and their many accomplishments."

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