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BC FFA students receive national degrees

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Benton Community’s Anna Freese, Mitch Schulte, Ben Schanbacher and Luke Stien received the American FFA Degree at the 82nd National FFA Convention in Indianapolis on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2009. They are shown with adviser Krystal Wright.

INDIANAPOLIS – Benton Community’s Anna Freese, Mitch Schulte, Ben Schanbacher and Luke Stien received the American FFA Degree at the 82nd National FFA Convention in Indianapolis on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2009. It is the highest degree awarded by the National FFA Organization and recognizes they have demonstrated leadership abilities and outstanding achievements in agricultural business, production, processing and service programs.

Less than one in 154 FFA members advance through their local chapter and state FFA degree programs to earn this national degree. Their advisor is Krystal Wright.

Freese is the daughter of the late Tom Freese and Kevin and Deanna Freese-Miller. She is a nursing major at Coe College. Schulte is the son of Mark and Lori Schulte, and is attending Kirkwood Community College. He will attend Iowa State University and major in dairy science. Schanbacher is the son of Robert and Brenda Schanbacher and is an ag-business major at Iowa State. Stien is the son of Doug and Debbie Stien and is an ag systems technology major at Iowa State.

They received a gold American FFA Degree key and a certificate in a blue leatherette frame to commemorate the achievement. The recognition program is sponsored by Case IH, Farm Credit, Pioneer Hi-Bred, a DuPont Company and Syngenta, as a special project of the National FFA Foundation. The national FF A convention is the nation’s largest annual youth gathering, welcoming students, parents and educators from all across the United States.

 

UPDATED November 4, 2009 12:19 PM

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