Pictured (from left) are Mitchell Community College students Courtney Elledge and Hanna Ball.

Special to Iredell Free News

Four Mitchell Community College students were recently announced as recipients of the American FFA Degree, the highest degree achievable in the National FFA Organization

Agribusiness Technology students Ryan Baldwin and Michael McLain and Agriculture Education students Hanna Ball and Courtney Elledge have all been involved in varying levels of the National FFA Organization throughout their educational careers.

The American FFA Degree shows an FFA member’s dedication to his or her chapter and state FFA association. It demonstrates the effort FFA members apply toward their supervised agricultural experience and the outstanding leadership abilities and community involvement they exhibited through their FFA career.

2021 American FFA Degree candidates will be honored at the 94th National FFA Convention & Expo, October 27-30 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

“These students are leaders in their FFA associations and in their community” said Agribusiness instructor Amy Poirier. “They will be the next generation of Agriculture professionals and educators, and I am honored to have them in my classroom!”

FFA or the National FFA Organization is a dynamic youth organization that changes lives and prepares members for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. The letters “FFA” stand for Future Farmers of America.


Discover the business behind farms and food and explore higher education opportunities with a foundation in agriculture. Learn more about Mitchell’s Agribusiness Technology and Agriculture Education programs and certifications at mitchellcc.edu/programs/agribusiness-technology.

About Mitchell Community College

Mitchell Community College serves 9,000 students annually through a variety of curriculum, continuing education and workforce development programs. With campuses in Statesville and Mooresville, Mitchell offers quality, affordable education options to residents of Iredell County and the surrounding area. For more information, visit mitchellcc.edu or call (704) 878-3200 (Statesville Campus) or (704) 663-1923 (Mooresville Campus).

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