Team of 10 to attend national convention

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Paige Schaefer has earned the rare American FFA Degree for her commitment to agriculture, community service and leadership.

By Robert Williams


Paige Schaefer, of Frazee, was awarded the American FFA Degree, the highest degree an FFA member can receive.

Less than two percent of FFA members receive this honor

“Of all the activities I’m in, FFA allowed me to grow, and explore who I am as a person the most,” Schaefer said in a 2021 Forum feature story.

To be eligible to receive the American FFA Degree, members must meet qualifications such as receiving a State FFA Degree, holding active membership for the past three years, completing secondary instruction in an agricultural education program and operating an outstanding supervised agricultural experience program. Community service, leadership abilities and outstanding scholastic achievement are also required.

This year’s American FFA Degree candidates will be honored at the 95th National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis Oct. 26-29.

Recipients receive a certificate and the American FFA Degree key in honor of their accomplishments and dedication to FFA.

Schaefer will be joined by fellow members Jonathan Buhr, Alma Slevin, Alison Jepson, Brady Mitchell, Jason Hofer, Linsey Marks, Heidi Hunt, Alydia Mitchell, and Taylor Christensen, who will be attending and competing at the National FFA Convention.