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Johns awarded American FFA Degree

Friday, November 16, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Caleb Johns, a 2011 Dexter High School graduate and currently a sophomore at School of the Ozarks, has been awarded the American FFA Degree at the 85th National FFA Convention and Expo in Indianapolis, it was learned Thursday. The American Degree is the highest honor awarded through the FFA organization.

Johns was an active member of Dexter's FFA as a high school student under Ronnie Shipman's sponsorship and served in many capacities as a local FFA chapter member.

The American FFA Degree is bestowed upon a select few nationally. The award is presented to 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 Degree goes to a select few noting their years of academic and professional excellence.

The recent 85th FFA Convention is known as the largest student gathering in the U.S. and was held from Oct. 24-27.

The American FFA Degree is sponsored by Case IH, Farm Credit, Elanco, DuPont Pioneer and Syngenta 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 ag 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.

Johns is the son of Kevin and Janet Johns, owners of Cates Orchard north of Dudley.

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