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Five Detroit Lakes students earn American FFA Degree

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Travis Stanton, left from left, Justin Lehmann, Nick Butze and Brandon Knopf were awarded the prestigious American Award for their participation in FFA.2 / 2

Amanda Adkins, Justin Lehmann, Brandon Knopf, Travis Stanton and Nick Butze, members of the Detroit Lakes FFA Chapter, recently received the American FFA Degree.

Earning the degree means the five students are of a select group of individuals to be recognized for years of academic and professional excellence. The honor was presented on Oct. 24 at the 82nd National FFA Convention, held in Indianapolis, Ind.

The American FFA Degree recognizes demonstrated leadership ability and outstanding achievements in agricultural business, production, processing or service programs.

To be eligible, members must have earned and productively invested $7,500 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 make it their mission to demonstrate outstanding leadership abilities and community involvement.

Each award recipient receives a gold American FFA Degree key and certificate in a blue leatherette frame. Of 507,763 FFA members nationwide, Amanda, Travis, Brandon, Justin and Nick are five of only 3,299 to be recognized in 2009.

The degree recognition program is sponsored by Case IH, The Farm Credit System, Pioneer Hi-Bred, Inc. and Syngenta as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

The National FFA Organization, formerly known as the Future Farmers of America, is a national youth organization of 507,763 student members -- all preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture -- as part of 7,439 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

The National FFA Organization changed to its present name in 1988, in recognition of the growth and diversity of agriculture and agricultural education.

The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.

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