Marnoch earns coveted American Degree

By on October 30, 2019

Indianapolis will be hosting the 92nd National FFA Convention and Expo in the last week of October, and during the seventh general session on Saturday, Nov. 2, the Marnoch family will be part of the crowd to celebrate a unique milestone for their family.

Jenn and Adam Marnoch’s oldest daughter, Cheyenne, past Cloister FFA president and Ephrata High School alum, will become the first member of their family to receive the FFA American Degree.

Cheyenne Marnoch, past Cloister FFA president and Ephrata High School alum, will earn her American Degree in Indianapolis this fall. Photo courtesy of Cloister FFA.

Less-than-one-half-percent of FFA’s 700,000 members ever go on to earn the American Degree. This year, Marnoch will be one of about 4,360 FFA members in the nation and one of 74 in Pennsylvania to earn the degree.

“FFA has been a huge part of my life since freshman year, and getting my American Degree is a great way to celebrate that and my love for the organization,” said Marnoch. “I couldn’t have done this without and support of (my advisor) Mrs. Stauffer and my family!”

In order for Marnoch to accomplish this goal, the former chapter president had to complete an application verifying she had been through at least three years of agriculture education, earned at least $10,000, or productively invested $7,500, or worked 2,250 hours and invested $2,000, participated in 50 hours of community service, and demonstrated outstanding leadership.

Additionally, all applicants have to have graduated from high school 12 months prior to the convention when they receive their degrees.

“She graduated in June of 2018, but her application was due March 2019,” said Sarah Stauffer, FFA advisor, explaining the unique challenges Marnoch faced to earn her degree. “She was juggling college and work responsibilities while completing and revising the 15+ page application. I am extremely proud of her grit and determination.”

Recalling the experience, Marnoch encourages all FFA members to push themselves and aim for earning their American degrees.In hindsight she reflects, “It may have been a lot of work to get, but it was definitely worth it.”

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