Each year, the National FFA Organization honors FFA members who show the utmost dedication to the organization through their desire to develop their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.
The American FFA Degree is bestowed upon a select group of students in recognition of their years of academic and professional excellence.
This year, three Lorain County JVS alumni received this distinguished award.
Wyatt Collins, 2020 Lorain County JVS Industrial Equipment Mechanics alum from Wellington; and Thomas and William Keller, 2019 Lorain County JVS Landscape and Greenhouse Management alum from Midview were awarded the American FFA Degree at the 94th National Convention and Expo this October.
Each recipient receives a gold American FFA Degree key and certificate.
“It was great to see three of our students earn American Degrees in one year, and it is impressive to have two brothers get it at the same time,” said Beth Berthold, Lorain County JVS landscape and greenhouse management instructor. “Tommy and Billy have always been hard workers who are willing to put the time in and they deserve the accolades for their hard work.”
Mason Bremke, Lorain County JVS industrial equipment mechanics instructor shared how Collins consistently stepped up in his career tech program and for the LCJVS FFA Chapter as well. “Wyatt is a hardworking and dedicated individual, who does not stop until his task is finished to best of his ability.”
“Seeing a student work hard in FFA during his high school career, and then continue to work hard after they graduate to earn one of the highest awards in FFA was rewarding for me as an educator,” Bremke said. “I was honored to be Wyatt’s instructor and advisor and he continues to make me proud every day.”