LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Ryan Shank, who lives near Hagerstown, received the American FFA Degree at the 78th National FFA Convention here on Oct. 29.
It is the highest degree awarded by the National FFA Organization and recognized Shank's "demonstrated leadership abilities and outstanding achievements in agricultural business, production, processing and service programs."
Fewer than one in 165 FFA members advance through their local chapter and state FFA degree programs to earn this national degree.
Shank, the son of Ralph and Terrie Shank of Hagerstown, is a junior at Delaware Valley College.
The dairy science major plans to assist his father with managing and operating the family farm along Wagaman Road upon graduation. Ryan Shank's supervised agricultural experience program in-volved his working on the family farm and owning of registered Ayrshire and Holstein cattle.