FFA members who received the American FFA Degree included (l-r): Colten VanMeter, Aly Rattazzi, Logan Drain and Nick Cantrell.
By Pickens County FFA Reporter
Four members of the Pickens County FFA Chapter traveled to Louisville, Ky., to take part in the 86th National FFA Convention which ran from Oct. 30 through Nov. 2. This year marked the first time the National Convention has been held in Louisville since 2005 and FFA members from around the U.S. flocked to the site to set a new Convention attendance record of over 60,000 attendees.
The primary reason the Pickens FFA members traveled to Louisville was to receive the National FFA Organizations highest form of recognition, the American FFA Degree. Each year the National FFA honors FFA members who show the utmost dedication to the organization with their desire to develop their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through Agricultural Education. To be eligible, FFA members must have earned and productively invested $7,500 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.
The Pickens County FFA members who were bestowed the Gold American Degree Key and Certificate on stage during the Saturday morning Convention session included Nick Cantrell, Logan Drain, Aly Rattazzi and Colten VanMeter. These four members reached the pinnacle of achievement in the FFA and represent the best in determination, dedication and diligence.