2017-11-30 / News

Two W-W members receive American FFA degree


Washington-Wilkes FFA members attending the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis included (l-r) Cole Bentley, Gavin Garrett, Eric Holton, Garrett Tawzer, Kyle Wilson. Washington-Wilkes FFA members attending the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis included (l-r) Cole Bentley, Gavin Garrett, Eric Holton, Garrett Tawzer, Kyle Wilson. For the first time in 25 years, the National FFA Organization awarded two members of the Washington Wilkes FFA chapter the American FFA degree. Gavin Garrett and Jackson Armour earned the degree through progression in their Supervised Agricultural Experience program.

The 13 prior Washington-Wilkes recipients of the American FFA degree include Roy Harrison (1945), Ralph Crawford (1946), William Higginbotham (1951), Henry McAvoy (1954), Herbert Bailey (1958), Ed Norman (1987), Henry Garrard (1988), Ken Fain (1989), Chuck Denard (1991), Ben Echols (1992), and John McAvoy (1992).

To be eligible, FFA members must have earned and productively invested $10,000 through a supervised agricultural experience program in which they start, own, or hold a professional position in an existing agriculture enterprise. Recipients must also complete 50 hours community service and demonstrate outstanding leadership abilities and civic involvement.

Eric Holton was also presented with the Honorary American FFA degree. The award is given to those who go above and beyond to make a long-term difference in the lives of their students and inspire confidence in each new generation of agriculturists. Teachers must teach a minimum of 10 years before being eligible for the degree, and their agricultural education program must have had 85 percent membership in the past year.

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