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Macy Walason Achieves American FFA Degree


November 4, 2021

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Walason is the third generation and sixth member of her family to receive the American FFA Degree. Shown are other members of Walason's family who have received the award. This includes her grandfather, mother, aunts, uncle and brother.

Macy Walason from the Chestnut Ridge FFA Chapter was awarded the American FFA Degree at the 94th National FFA Convention & Expo.

The award was given on Oct. 30, 2021, during the American FFA Degree Ceremony in Indianapolis, Indiana. The attendance at this year's convention was over 58,000 FFA members and guests.

Walason is the third generation in her family to receive this award. First awarded to her grandfather, Galen McDonald; then her mother, Angelique McDonald Walason; her aunts Melissa and Alicia; her uncle Galen McDonald II; and her brother, Tanner Walason. Only one percent of all FFA members achieve this prestigious award.

The American FFA Degree is the highest honor awarded to FFA members who have demonstrated the highest level of commitment to FFA and made significant accomplishments in their supervised agricultural experience.

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Requirements for the American FFA Degree

• Hold the State FFA Degree

• Have been an active member of the FFA continuously for at least the immediate past 36 months

• Have satisfactorily completed at least three years of systematic secondary school instruction in agricultural education (540 hours), or have completed all the agricultural education offered in the school last attended

• Have been out of high school for at least twelve months prior to the convention at which the degree is granted

• Have in operation an outstanding supervised agricultural experience program, which must show comprehensive planning, continuation, growth, and increase in scope with records to substantiate such accomplishments.

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• Since entering agricultural education have earned at least $10,000 and productively invested at least $7,500; or 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.

• 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.

• Have participated in at least 50 hours of community service, within at least three different community service activities. These hours are in addition to and cannot be duplicated as paid or unpaid SAE hours.


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