North Union FFA members receive National FFA's Highest Honor
Bethany Dresback and Shelby Furer walked the stage at the 88th National FFA Convention in Louisville, KY to receive their American FFA Degree the highest degree the FFA offers. Of the over 600,000 FFA members, less than 3% earn the American FFA Degree.
In order to receive the American FFA Degree members must have been enrolled in an agriculture class for at least two full years, been an active FFA member at the local and state level, maintain quality grades throughout their high school experience, completed at least 50 hours of community service and developed an outstanding Supervised Agriculture Experience or SAE with scope, knowledge, and productively invested over $7,500 in that SAE or a combination of hours and money invested.
Bethany Dresback is the daughter of Tod and Wanda Dresback, she graduated North Union in 2014 and is currently attending the Wilmington College and majoring in Agriculture. During Dresback's career in the FFA she earned gold rated honors in Outdoor Recreation proficiency award area and was second in the state, She was a key component through her involvement in the Agronomy Team competing at the highest level winning the state contest and part of the gold rated national team. She was a chapter treasurer and went above and beyond to improve the chapter in helping plan the second grade Food for America Program and help the North Union Chapter be one of the top ten chapters in the state and annually be recognized by the National FFA.
Shelby Furer, is the daughter of Matt and Jennifer Furer, she graduated from North Union in 2014 and is currently attending the University of Tennessee majoring in political science. Shelby was instrumental in her leadership as President of the chapter, getting younger members involved in the FFA program. She was a multiple qualifier to the state in the several public speaking event and part of the parliamentary procedure team. Shelby also served the Ohio FFA association as state Vice President. Shelby went above and beyond to improve the chapter and help the North Union Chapter be one of the top ten chapters in the state and annually be recognized by the National FFA.
The National FFA Organization is a national youth organization of 629,367 students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agriculture education.