Grace Elizabeth Hoegemeyer, a WHS 2020 Graduate and member of the Willis FFA chapter in Willis, Texas, has been awarded the American FFA Degree. She will receive the degree at the 94th National FFA Convention & Expo Oct. 27-30. The American FFA Degree is bestowed upon a select group of students in recognition of their years of academic and professional excellence.
Sponsored by Case IH, Elanco Animal Health, NAU Country Insurance Company, Pepsico Inc, RAM Trucks 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. Each recipient of the American FFA Degree receives a gold American FFA Degree key and certificate after being recognized at the national convention.