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Dordt student Kristina Heflin received American Degree at National FFA Convention

November 12, 2012

Dordt College sophomore Kristina Heflin earned the FFA’s (Future Farmers of America) American Degree at the 85th annual National FFA Convention, which took place October 24 to 27 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The American Degree is the highest honor granted to a member, requiring at least six years of dedication, volunteering, and projects. Fewer than one percent of FFA’s half a million members earn this award.

Heflin, an animal science major and the president of the Saddle Club at Dordt, began working toward the American Degree during her freshman year of high school in her hometown of Yuba City, California.

“One of the best things about it is the feeling of accomplishment,” said Heflin. “I spent my weekends horse judging and my summers showing my animals; it was a year-round thing. This is kind of honoring all that I’ve done for the past six years.”

Heflin’s experiences with the FFA have focused on working with horses, as well as purchasing, raising, and showing her animals.

Mike Schouten, who manages the Agriculture Stewardship Center at Dordt, has seen Heflin hard at work. “She’s a young Christian lady with a passion for agriculture,” said Schouten. “The American Degree looks good on a résumé and is a sign that Kristina is a hard worker who is willing to put in the time for this award. It means she’s one of the best, the cream of the crop.”

Dordt College is one of only a handful of Christian colleges in North America to offer an accredited four-year agriculture program, with several emphases, including animal science, agri-business, ag missions, and biotechnology.

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