Palacios FFA Members to be Awarded National American FFA Degree
Each year, the National FFA Organization honors 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 American FFA Degree is bestowed upon a select group of students in recognition of their years of academic and professional excellence. This year 4,136 American Degrees will be awarded. Palacios FFA has had seven FFA members receive this prestigious award since its charter in 1928. The most recent recipient was Savannah Franzen Moeller who earned hers in 2008. This year Palacios FFA is proud to announce that two of our former members will be awarded their American Degrees at the 93rd National FFA Convention & Expo Oct. 27-29, held virtually.
Lanae Tucker, daughter of Daniel and Sandra Tucker, was a 2019 graduate of Palacios High School. She served as President of the Palacios FFA Chapter in 2018. Her FFA projects and contests included showing market beef projects, a pen of three commercial heifers, and haltered breeding beef. She also participated in FFA Broadcasting LDE and Vet Science CDE. Lanae is attending Wharton County Junior College where she is enrolled in their Physical Therapy Assistant program.
Brooke Vandenbergh, daughter of Chris and Landra Vandenbergh, was a 2019 graduate of Palacios High School. She served as President of the Palacios FFA Chapter in 2017 & 2019. Her FFA projects included showing market beef projects, market goat, a pen of three commercial heifers, and haltered breeding beef. She also participated in FFA Broadcasting, and Job Interview LDE, and Vet Science CDE. Brooke is attending Texas A&M University majoring in Animal Science.
Sponsored by Case IH, Elanco Animal Health, and Syngenta, the award 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 $10,000 through a supervised agricultural experience (SAE) program in which they own their own business or hold a professional position as an employee. Recipients must also complete 50 hours of community service and demonstrate outstanding leadership abilities and civic involvement through completion of a long list of FFA and community activities. Less than one percent of FFA members achieve the American FFA Degree.
Each recipient of the American FFA Degree receives a gold American FFA Degree key and certificate after being recognized at the national convention.
The National FFA Organization is a school-based national youth leadership development organization of more than 760,000 student members as part of 8,700 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.