INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Each year, the National FFA organization honors the FFA members who show the utmost dedication to the organization through their desire to develop their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. That honor, the American FFA Degree, is bestowed up on a select group of individuals for years of academic and professional excellence.

Corey Decker of Newcomerstown and Matt Demattio of Tuscarawas, both FFA members representing the Indian Valley FFA Chapter in Gnadenhutten, were selected to join that exclusive list and awarded the American FFA Degree at the 85th National FFA Convention and Expo in Indianapolis. The convention is known as the largest student gathering in the United States and took place Oct. 24-27.

Each recipient of the American FFA Degree received a gold American FFA Degree Key plus a certificate after being on-stage during the convention.

The National FFA organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 540,379 student members in grades 7 through 12 who belong to one of 7,489 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands.