Local Students Earn Highest FFA Degree
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, only 3,780 American Degrees were awarded, or less than one percent of all FFA members. The following are Wetzel County’s FFA members who were honored:
COLBY DEAN SIDENSTRICKER
Sidenstricker is the son of Troy and Lisa Sidenstricker, of Proctor. Sidenstricker attends RCBI, majoring in Machinist Technology and CNC Machining. Sidenstricker is a 2015 graduate of Magnolia High School, where he was a member of the Magnolia FFA Chapter. This honor signifies the first ever American Degree recipient for the Magnolia FFA.
JAMES “JD” MORRIS
Morris is the son of David and Jami Morris of Reader, and attends West Virginia University, majoring in Agriculture and Extension Education. Morris is 2015 graduate of Valley High School, where he was a member of the Pine Grove FFA Chapter.
MEGAN RENEE MARTIN
Martin is the daughter of George Martin of Jacksonburg and Tammy Martin of Reader. Megan attends Allegheny College of Maryland, majoring in Occupational Therapy Assistant. Martin is a 2015 graduate of Valley High School, where she was a member of the Pine Grove FFA Chapter.
As a result of the Wetzel County Ham, Bacon and Egg Sale, along with the Wetzel County Livestock Club, these FFA members were able to obtain their degrees. They would like to thank the supporters of the respective events for their support.
Sponsored by ADM Crop Risk Services, Case IH, DuPont Pioneer, Elanco, Farm Credit, and Syngenta as a special project of the National FFA Foundation, the award recognizes demonstrated ability and outstanding achievements in agricultural business, production, processing, or service programs.
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 of community service and demonstrate outstanding leadership abilities and civic involvement.
Each recipient of the American FFA Degree receives a gold American FFA Degree Key and a certificate after being recognized on stage at that national convention.
The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth, and career success training through agricultural education to 649,355 student members in grades seven through twelve who belong to one of 7,859 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education.