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FFA members receive national degree

November 27, 2008

INDIANAPOLIS - Jamie Beckley and Megan Thompson received the American FFA Degree at the 81st National FFA Convention in Indianapolis on Oct. 25.

It is the highest degree awarded by the National FFA Organization and recognizes demonstrated leadership abilities and outstanding achievements in agricultural business, production, processing and service programs.

Fewer than one in 150 FFA members advance through their local chapter and state FFA degree programs to earn this national degree.

Jamie, the daughter of Karen Beckley of McConnellsburg, Pa., and Steve Beckley of Hagerstown, plans to attend Virginia Tech in the spring to major in agricultural business. She is a member of the Clear Spring FFA Chapter. Her agricultural education instructors and FFA advisers are Susan Lowery and Terrie Shank.

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Megan is the daughter of Paul and Deborah Thompson of Keedysville. She is majoring in agricultual education at West Virginia University. A member of the Boonsboro FFA Chapter, her agricultural education instructors and FFA advisers are Steve Garland and Mark Heavner.

The recognition program is sponsored by Case IH, The Farm Credit System Foundation and Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc. and Syngenta, as a special project of the National FFA Foundation. The national FFA convention is the nation's largest annual youth gathering, welcoming students, parents and educators from all across the U.S.

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