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American FFA Degree Winner

Jake Stenzel is the first FFA American Degree recipient since 1986.  Jake graduated from Shenandoah High School in 2019.  He currently attends Iowa State University.

The American FFA Degree is the highest degree conferred on student members by the National FFA Organization. Each chapter in “good standing” is permitted to submit applications from all of its qualified candidates for the American FFA Degree.

Minimum Qualifications Minimum Qualifications for Election (Article VI, National FFA Constitution) “Section F. American FFA Degree—To be eligible to receive the American FFA Degree from the National FFA Organization, the member must meet the following minimum qualifications:

 1. Have received the State FFA Degree, have been a student member for the past three years (36 months), and have a record of satisfactory participation in the activities on the chapter and state levels.

 2. Have satisfactorily completed the equivalent of at least three years (540 hours) of systematic secondary school instruction in an agricultural education program or to have completed at least the equivalent of 360 hours of systematic secondary school instruction in agricultural education and one full year of enrollment in a postsecondary agricultural program or have completed the program of agricultural education offered in the secondary school last attended. 

3. Have graduated from high school at least 12 months prior to the national convention at which the degree is to be granted.

 4. Have in operation and have maintained records to substantiate an outstanding supervised agricultural experience program through which a member has exhibited comprehensive planning, managerial, and financial expertise.

5. A student after entering agricultural education must have: a. earned at least $10,000 and productively invested at least $7,500; or b. earned and productively invested $2,000 and worked 2,250 hours in excess of scheduled class time. Any combination of hours, times a factor of 3.56, plus actual dollars earned and productively invested must be equal to or greater than the number 10,000. Hours used for the purpose of producing earnings reported as productively invested income shall not be duplicated as hours of credit to meet the minimum requirements for the degree.

 6. Have a record of outstanding leadership abilities and community involvement and have achieved a high school scholastic record of “C” or better as certified by the principal or superintendent.

 7. Have participated in at least 50 hours of community service, within at least 3 different community service activities. These hours are in addition to and cannot be duplicated as paid or unpaid SAE (Supervised Agricultural Experience) hours.