Oak Leadership Scholars Earn Highest FFA Honor

Molly Vanhoy

Molly Vanhoy receiving her American Degree at the 2021 FFA Convention.

At the recent 2021 National Future Farmers of America (FFA) Convention, the Department of Agricultural and Human Sciences, Virginia Kackley and Molly Vanhoy, who were awarded their American Degrees. They are also members of the Oaks Leadership Scholars Program. The American Degree is the highest honor the National FFA bestows and to earn it, students must have achieved the previous degree (State FFA Degree), been active members for the previous three years, and carried out an outstanding supervised agricultural experience. They must also carry out community service, leadership activities, and have an outstanding academic record. Additional requirements for the award can be found here. Less than 1% of FFA members are selected to receive the American FFA Degree Award.

Virginia Kackley

Virginia Kackley is a sophomore in Agricultural Sciences who is a South Carolina FFA member and an Oaks Leadership Scholar. She created, designed, organized, and implemented a spring event titled Foxtiva for her supervised agricultural experience. The event raised over $30,000 for her school program, and spread awareness about the agriculture industry. Kackley stated “When I found out I was receiving this award, I was thrilled to say the least. I was the first student from my FFA chapter to ever receive the award and I knew what a huge honor it was to be receiving it. I was proud that all of my hard work in my program was recognized, and happy I was able to achieve this accomplishment.”

Molly Vanhoy is currently a senior Microbiology major with a minor in Leadership in Agriculture and Life Sciences who is an active North Carolina FFA member. She is also in the Oaks Leadership Scholars program and serves as Student Senate President within the NC State Student Government. Vanhoy worked on her family’s beef cattle farm for her supervised agricultural experience along with building a raised bed garden to donate vegetables to local food pantries. She currently works in a research lab working on animal pathogen prevention and treatment. Vanhoy was quoted as saying, “Receiving my American Degree felt like the culmination of all of my work during my time in FFA being recognized and celebrated by 735,000 people across the country.”

Congratulations to these amazing students on their award. We wish you continued success at NC State and the future.