Two Saltillo FFA chapter members were awarded the National FFA American FFA Degree at the 89th annual National FFA Convention and Expo in Indianapolis, Indiana. The degrees were conferred on Saturday October 22, 2016 to Marc Boekhorst and James Stretcher. The award recognizes demonstrated ability and outstanding achievements in agriculture business, production, processing or service programs. Eligible members must have earned and productively invested $10,000 through a supervised agricultural experience program in which they start, own or hold a professional position in an existing agriculture enterprise. Recipients must also complete 50 hours community service and demonstrate outstanding leadership abilities and civic involvement. A total of 3,780 degrees will be awarded in 2016 to a select group pf students in recognition of academic and professional experience. Each recipient receives a gold American FFA Degree key, certificate and matted frame after being recognized onstage at the national convention.
Additionally, Saltillo ISD FFA leader and Ag instructor Michael Teague received an honorary American Farmer award during the convention.