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 up on a select group of students in recognition of their years of academic and professional excellence. This year, 4,262 American Degrees were awarded at the 91st National FFA Convention.

Caleb Baker, Clint Deatherage, Alyssa Haley, Grayson Heath, Courtney Kaye, Shelby Jordan, Kaylee Rapp, Brett Schellen, Eric Shoenberger and Jesse Thornton, members of the Aurora FFA Chapter, were awarded the American FFA Degree at the 91st National FFA Convention and Expo in Indianapolis.

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 or productively invested $10,000 through a supervised agricultural experience (SAE) 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 certificate after being recognized on stage at the national convention.