Twenty-six South Dakota FFA members from 12 different chapters have earned their American FFA Degrees.

Recipients were scheduled during the 93rd Virtual FFA Convention on Oct. 27. The following area FFA members received their degrees:

Bridgewater-Emery: Katelyn Kotas, Kristin Kotas, and Nicholas Thon

Howard: Haley Feldhaus

McCook Central: Blake Pulse, Cole Grasma, Cole Schock, Kyle Butzke, and Rylee Klinkhammer

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Mitchell: Leah DiPippo

Sanborn Central/Woonsocket: Nathan Linke

The American degree is the highest degree an FFA member can receive in the National FFA Organization. Only FFA members who have demonstrated the highest level of commitment to FFA and made significant accomplishments in their supervised agricultural experiences, or SAEs, are eligible for the American FFA Degree.

Members must have earned and productively invested at least $7,500, or have earned and productively invested at least $1,500 and worked 2,250 hours beyond scheduled school hours through their SAEs. They exemplify true leaders in the agriculture industry.