Thank you, FFA.
“Premier leadership, personal growth and career success.” We have all been hearing these words since we were Greenhands, memorizing and holding on to them. But now is when we finally understand them. Now that we have been out of high school for at least a year, trying to find our way in the “real world”, we are starting to realize how truly important these words are. Thank you FFA, for teaching us lessons we had no idea that we didn’t yet understand.
We did it. We received the highest honor bestowed by the National FFA Organization. From the first moment we walked into ag class, all the CDE practices, countless hours filling out proficiency applications, it all lead up to this. Making our way from Greenhand, to Chapter, to State, and finally the American degree.
What a moment. Zipping up our jackets for the last time, proudly representing where we are from in golden letters, and walking across the stage at national convention was a moment that will forever be cherished and never forgotten. Thank you FFA for giving us something to work for.
We have all learned so many incredible lessons from the FFA. We have planted gardens, raised animals, built displays and so much more. Some of us eating up every moment, others just trying to get by. Either way, we all learned. Thank you FFA for teaching us technical skills to apply to our career success.
We have all competed, dedicating our precious time to being the best. We have stayed after school, met up at lunch, studied, practiced and worked to win gold. We won gracefully, and lost gracefully; always proud of the work we put in. Thank you FFA for teaching us true sportsmanship, and how to take pride in our work.
We have all made new friends. Whether at a contests, conventions, or even within our own chapters. We have branched out and made connection we never thought that we would. These connections have not only helped up in our college careers, but have become friends who support us when we need it most. Thank you FFA for introducing us to our best friends!
As we walked across the stage and shook the hand of the national FFA president, all of this came back to us. All the barbecues, the early mornings, the games, the workshops. Now, we truly appreciate every moment of it. Thank you FFA for giving us the memories of a lifetime.
Our time in the jacket is done and we now hold the key to success. So we most importantly want to say thank you FFA for showing us that the blue corduroy jacket is not who we are, or even a part of who we are, but it has taught us who we can and who we will become.
Thank you FFA, for everything.
The American Degree Recipients
Cover Photo: National FFA Organization