Earning an Honorary American FFA Degree is no easy feat, but Lassen High School agriculture teacher Elizabeth Ammon earned her spot with the national award.
Ammon received the award at the 2019 National FFA Convention and Expo during an onstage ceremony on Friday, Nov. 1, in Indianapolis. All recipients received a certificate and medal, and their names will be permanently recorded. Of the more than 11,000 agriculture teachers in the United States, only 51 teachers were selected this year to receive this honor.
This award is given to those who advance agricultural education and FFA through outstanding personal commitment. The National FFA Organization works to enhance the lives of youth through agricultural education. Without the efforts of highly dedicated individuals, thousands of young people would not be able to achieve the success that, in turn, contributes directly to the overall well-being of the nation.
The Honorary American FFA Degree is an opportunity to recognize those who have gone beyond valuable daily contributions to make an extraordinary long-term difference in the lives of students, inspiring confidence in a new generation of agriculturists. Members of the National FFA Organization’s board of directors approved the nomination.
Ammon is in her 16th year of teaching in the agriculture department at Lassen High School. Ammon coaches FFA teams including veterinary science, vegetable crop, novice parliamentary procedure, creed speaking, impromptu speaking and opening/closing ceremonies. Last year at nationals, Ammon’s veterinary science contestants received national honors.
The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 669,989 student members who belong to one of 8,630 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The organization is also supported by 344,239 alumni members in 2,051 alumni chapters throughout the U.S.