Spears Claims American FFA Degree

Wednesday, December 4, 2019
Cailyn Spears, daughter of Donnie and Amanda Spears and 2018 Purdy High School graduate, accepted her American FFA Degree from 2018-2019 FFA National President Luke O’Leary at the organization’s annual National Meeting in Indianapolis in early November. Contributed photo

Top FFA honor presented at national meeting in Indianapolis

Purdy HIgh School Alumna Cailyn Spears (Class of 2018) was one of 520 Missouri FFA members to receive her American FFA Degree at the 2019 National FFA Convention and Expo in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Spears is the daughter of Donnie and Amanda Spears.

The American FFA Degree is awarded each year to less than 1 percent of FFA members, making it one of the organization’s highest honors. As noted by National FFA Advisor Dr. Steven A. Brown the requirements to receive the degree are numerous. In his message to this year’s recipients he noted, “The American FFA Degree is an example of a significant acomplishment. Achieving this goal required years of hard work and commitment.”

Spears identified reciept of her American FFA Degree as, “I was blessed with amazing support from my advisor, Mr. Jordan Ellis, as well as family, friends and fellow FFA members, said Spears, calling the degree "a true honor. Receiving my American Degree was a goal I set for myself when I first began my FFA journey as a high school freshman. I can’t think of a better way to wind up my career than by accepting my degree with my family and my former advisor at my side.”

In addition to their degree certificates, recipients of the American FFA Degree are also awarded a gold American FFA Degree Key, symbolic of the highest achievement of the National FFA Organization.

Also receiving her American FFA Degree, but unable to attend the National Convention ceremony was Purdy High School Alumna Mikey Schad, daughter of Ryan and Carla Schad.