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Dordt College students receive FFA's highest honor
November 2, 2010Dordt College students Rachel Daw from Farmington, Iowa, and Hannah Clark from Pioneer, Ohio, both received the American FFA Degree at the 83rd National FFA Convention in Indianapolis on Oct. 23, 2010. The degree is the highest honor awarded by the National FFA organization and recognizes demonstrated leadership abilities and outstanding achievements in agricultural business, production, processing, and service programs.
Fewer than one in 154 FFA members advance through their local chapter and state FFA degree programs to earn this national degree.
“This is an award that goes to the cream of the crop,” said Mike Schouten from the Dordt College agriculture department. Both Daw and Clark received a gold American FFA key and a certificate in a blue leatherette frame to commemorate the achievement.
Daw is a sophomore studying animal science, and Clark is a junior ag missions major.
The FFA recognition program is sponsored by Case IH, The Progressive Farmer, Farm Credit, Pioneer, and Syngenta as a special project of the national FFA Foundation. The national FFA convention is the nation’s largest annual youth gathering.
The National FFA Organization, formerly known as Future Farmers of America, is a youth organization with more than half a million members. All are preparing for careers in the science, business, and technology of agriculture.
Dordt College is one of a few Christian colleges in North America to offer a four-year agriculture program, providing students with a choice of seven different program options, including agri-business, plant science, and ag missions.