Galt High School graduate Brenden Antheunisse and Liberty Ranch High School graduates Katie Snow and Brooklyn Young have received the coveted American Farmer Degree during the 93rd National FFA Convention & Expo, held virtually Oct. 27-29.
The three Galt area awardees were among more than 4,100 recipients selected to receive the highest degree of membership in the FFA. As a holder of the American Farmer Degree, Antheunisse, Snow and Young join a select group representing less than 1% of all FFA members.
Each year, the National FFA Organization awards this high honor 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 agriculture education, as well as to students who exhibit years of academic and professional excellence.
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 community service and demonstrate outstanding leadership abilities and civic involvement through completion of a long list of FFA and community activities.
Along with his involvement with the Galt High chapter of the FFA, Antheunisse had several SAE projects, including raising market lambs, building and selling Ag Mechanics projects and placement at Cedar Hill Birds.
Young invested both time and money into her market hogs SAE, all while serving and volunteering with Herald 4-H and the Liberty Ranch High School FFA Chapter.
Snow had both market and breeding hogs, as well as an active pygmy goat breeding SAEs. Snow served the Herald 4-H community, serving as an assistant swine leader, as well as organizing supplies for a local women’s shelter.
Each recipient of the American FFA Degree receives a gold American FFA Degree key and certificate after being recognized at the national convention.