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SCC Student Spotlight-Austin Lee McAllister

Austin Lee McAllister

Shawnee Community College educates students who are prepared to succeed both academically and professionally.

Austin Lee McAllister of Thebes, Illinois received the American Degree in the National FFA Organization National FFA Convention on November 1, 2014. There are 610,240 FFA members nationwide and 3,765 members this year received their American Degree. Out of the 3,765 members that received this prestigious award, 111 of them were from Illinois.

The qualifications to receive this honor include the following:

  • Have received a Greenhand FFA Degree, Chapter FFA Degree, and State FFA Degree.
  • Have been FFA members for at least 3 years.
  • Have completed at least 3 years (540 hours) of high school agriculture classes, or 2 years of high school classes and 1 year of college agriculture classes (360 hours).
  • Have graduation from high school prior to the National FFA Convention at which their degree will be awarded.
  • Have maintained detailed SAE records, which demonstrate outstanding planning, managerial and financial skills.
  • Have earned and productively invested at least $7,500, or have earned and productively invested at least $1,500 and worked 2,250 hours beyond scheduled school hours through their SAE's.

Austin plans to major in Agriculture Education. He will transfer to Southern Illinois University Carbondale in the fall of 2015 to finish his degree.

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