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National FFA Convention & Expo

Five Walla Walla FFA members attended the 92nd National FFA Convention & Expo Oct. 30-Nov. 2, in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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 4,353 American Degrees were be awarded. Sponsored by 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 and productively invested $10,000 through a supervised agricultural experience (SAE) program in which they own their own business or hold a professional position as an employee. Recipients must also complete 50 hours community service and demonstrate outstanding leadership abilities and civic involvement through completion of a long list of FFA and community activities. Less than one percent of FFA members achieve the American FFA Degree.

Kayla Pitzer and Leighton Dorman, 2018 Walla Walla High School graduates were awarded the American FFA Degree. Kayla and Leighton received the coveted gold American FFA Degree key and certificate after being recognized on stage at the national convention. Both Kayla and Leighton were leaders in the FFA, and are pursuing degrees and careers in Agriculture.

Alyssa Drader was a national finalist in the 2019 National FFA Agriscience Fair held in conjunction with the National FFA Convention & Expo. Alyssa qualified in the Animal Systems category with her research project entitled, ‘Producer Preference: Ovine Docking Methods’. Alyssa’s project earned a gold ranking her division. A full list of results from this event can be found here: www.ffa.org/agrisciencefair. The National FFA Agriscience Fair is a competition for FFA members who are interested in the science and technology of agriculture. The Agriscience Fair is sponsored nationally by Cargill, John Deere and Syngenta.

2019 graduate Hannah Ruth Pettyjohn and junior Kinsey Nelson attended the convention as Delegates for the Washington FFA Association. Hannah Ruth is currently serving as the Washington FFA State Sentinel, a position she was elected to fulfill at the 2019 Washington FFA Convention & Expo. Kinsey was selected to be a delegate through a competitive application process open to Washington FFA members. Over 400 delegates attend the National FFA Convention & Expo to share ideas and vote on topics to better the National FFA Organization for all members.

PHOTO: Walla Walla FFA members attending the National FFA Convention & Expo from left to right: Kayla PItzer, Kinsey Nelson, Alyssa Drader, Hannah Ruth Pettyjohn and Leighton Dorman.

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