Jana Colombini center was honored at the National FFA Convention in Kentucky with her American FFA Degree after completing requirements for the national honor She is pictured with her parents Janice and Jay Columbini

Jana Colombini, center, was honored at the National FFA Convention in Kentucky with her American FFA Degree after completing requirements for the national honor. She is pictured with her parents, Janice and Jay Columbini.

Cal Poly student earns top FFA honors in Kentucky

The American FFA Degree is extremely rare. It is presented to less than one-half of one percent of FFA members and requires a long list of accomplishments before the honor is bestowed.

The daughter of a San Joaquin County, Calif. farming family recently earned one of the FFA’s highest honors during the recent national FFA conference in Kentucky.

Cal Poly Student Jana Colombini of Linden FFA received her American FFA Degree, which only 3,765 other FFA members earned nationwide this past year. Less than one half of one percent of the total 610,000 FFA members earns their American Degree, making it a top honor bestowed on its members.

Colombini attended Linden High School and is currently enrolled at California Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo where she is pursuing a degree in agriculture education. She served as the 2012-2013 Linden FFA Chapter President and her outstanding work on her family’s walnut orchard earned her this prestigious degree.

“It feels great,” she said of earning the honor. “It’s a long term goal that I finally accomplished. Looking back it was worth all the hard work time it took to do my record book.”

To be eligible for the degree, FFA members must earn or invest $7,500 in a project. Recipients also complete 50 hours of community service and demonstrated outstanding leadership abilities and civic involvement.

Each recipient of the American FFA Degree receives a gold American FFA Degree Key and a certificate after being recognized on stage at the national convention.

Agriculture Education serves over 70,000 high school students from 305 high schools in California.  Linden FFA is one of 15 chapters in San Joaquin County.

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