North Duplin alum Rocio Ramirez was honored yesterday by North Duplin staff and FFA members for being awarded the American FFA Degree. Ramirez becomes only the fifth North Duplin alum to receive the American Degree and she becomes the first female in North Duplin history to do so.
Rocio Ramirez has built quite a resume throughout her FFA career. Ramirez became a member of North Duplin's FFA when she was a freshman and she earned her Greenhand FFA Degree in 2014, which is the first degree one receives as a member of FFA. Ramirez then became an officer serving as a chapter Reporter during her sophomore year and eventually moved up to Vice President serving as a junior and senior at North Duplin. Rocio also served as an officer with the Goshen Federation as part of her service with FFA during her senior year.
Ramirez was also decorated in competition as she competed in the Vet Science Career Development for three years that brought home several first place awards for North Duplin. Rocio began to gain hands-on experience when she started working at Echo Farm Systems as a 15-year-old. At Echo Farm Systems, Ramirez worked with cattle and pigs, spending most of her afternoons and weekends working.
Rocio Ramirez logged 76 hours of community service through various FFA and church events. Through her SAE (supervised agricultural experience), she had earned $23,000 and invested $15,000 of that. Ramirez is the first North Duplin alum to receive the American FFA Degree since Chairman of the Board of Education Brent Davis received it in 1999.
Contributed by North Duplin FFA Advisor Lynn Marshburn, "as the highest degree achievable in the National FFA Organization, the American FFA Degree shows an FFA member's dedication to their chapter and state FFA association. Less than 1% of the over 500,000 members nationwide will achieve this award making it one of the most prestigious honors amongst members. To be eligible to apply for this award, FFA members must have first earned their State FFA Degree, earned at least 10,000 dollars through their Supervised Agriculture Experience, and productively invested at least 7,500 dollars. A student must have a minimum of 50 hours of community service in at least three different activities. They must have demonstrated involvement in leadership and career development activities on the chapter, regional, and state levels. They must have a record of outstanding leadership, scholarship, and community involvement. A student is eligible to apply for this award twelve months after graduation from high school."