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Alpena FFA members earn American FFA degrees

Courtesy Photo Demi Oliver

Two members of the Alpena Future Farmers of America chapter, Lindsey Hoppe and Demi Oliver, will receive their American FFA Degree this week at the 93rd National FFA Convention and Expo.

The American FFA Degree is the highest degree achievable in the National FFA Organization and demonstrates an FFA member’s dedication to his or her chapter and the state FFA association. It demonstrates the effort FFA members apply toward their supervised agricultural experience and outstanding leadership abilities and community involvement they exhibited through their FFA career. American FFA Degree recipients show promise for the future and have gone above and beyond to achieve excellence. The American FFA Degree is a sign of great accomplishment among FFA members. Less than 1% of FFA members ever earn the degree.

Oliver and Hoppe join a short list of only 18 former Alpena FFA members that have previously received the degree.

Hoppe is the daughter of Roger and Kristy Hoppe and is a 2019 graduate of Alpena High School. She is currently attending the University of Michigan. During her time as a member of the Alpena FFA Chapter, she held several leadership roles including chapter vice president and Region VI president. She also served as the 2019-20 Michigan FFA Region VI Vice President. Hoppe’s supervised agricultural experience was in the area of diversified livestock production in which she raised a variety of livestock species including turkeys and cattle.

Oliver is the daughter of Brian and Dione Oliver and is a 2017 graduate of Alpena High School.

Courtesy Photo Lindsey Hoppe

She is currently attending Michigan State University with a major in Child Development and a minor in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Oliver held several leadership roles in the chapter and regional level including chapter president and Region VI reporter. Oliver’s supervised agricultural experience was in the area of diversified livestock production in which she raised a variety of poultry and livestock including goats, cattle, and swine.

The National FFA Convention will be held virtually this year and sessions will be streamed live on RFD TV, The Cowboy Channel and ffa.org. Hoppe and Oliver will receive the prestigious American FFA Degree during the fourth general session held today from 8:45 to 10:00 p.m.

This year the chapter will also be recognized with a National Chapter Award.

The National Chapter Awards recognize FFA chapters that actively implement the mission and strategies of the organization. These chapters improve chapter operations using the National Quality Chapter Standards (NQCS) and a Program of Activities (POA) that emphasize growing leaders, building communities and strengthening agriculture.

Alpena FFA will receive the National Chapter Award during the session today from 11:30 a.m. to noon.

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