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Laura Rundback receives American FFA degree PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 01 November 2012 17:48

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Laura Rundback displays her new FFA American Degree at the National FFA Convention last week in Indianapolis, Ind.


Laura Rundback, 2011 Wauneta-Palisade graduate, was awarded the American FFA Degree at the 85th National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis, Ind. The convention, held Oct. 24-27, 2012, is known as the largest student gathering in the United States.

Rundback was awarded one of approximately 3,500 American FFA Degrees that are handed out each year at the National FFA Convention. That number represents less than half of one percent of all FFA members, making it one of the organization’s highest honors. She was one of 147 FFA members from Nebraska awarded the degree.

In addition to their degree, each recipient receives a gold American FFA Degree key.

The American FFA Degree is awarded to FFA members who have demonstrated the highest level of commitment to FFA and made significant accomplishments in their Supervised Agricultural Experiences (SAEs).

To earn the degree, Rundback worked over 2,100 ag-related hours and also raised sheep and show beef.

She served as Parliamentarian, Secretary, and Vice President of the Wauneta-Palisade FFA chapter and participated in Range Judging, Livestock Judging, Ag Demonstration, Livestock Management, Envirothon, and Food Science contests.

Rundback is the 46th Wauneta-Palisade graduate to earn the degree.

The American FFA Degree is sponsored by Case IH, The Progressive Farmer, Farm Credit, Syngenta, and Pioneer, a DuPont Business, as a special project of the National FFA Foundation. It 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 $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 community service hours, as well as demonstrate outstanding leadership abilities and community involvement.

Each recipient of the American FFA Degree collects a gold American FFA Degree Key plus a certificate after being on-stage during the convention.

The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 540,379 student members in grades seven through 12 who belong to one of 7,489 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.