Doug Marks from Payson, received the American FFA Degree at the 82nd National FFA Convention in Indianapolis on Saturday, Oct. 24.
It is the highest degree awarded by the national FFA organization and recognizes that Marks has 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.
Doug, the son of Justin Marks, is currently going to Eastern Arizona College to be an apprentice electrician. He is a member of the Payson FFA Chapter and his agricultural education instructor was Wendell Stevens.
Marks received a gold American FFA degree key and 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 FFA convention is the nation’s largest annual youth gathering, welcoming students, parents and educators from all across the United States.