Colby Gilpen, a Cameron University sophomore from Faxon, has earned the most prestigious honor bestowed by the Future Farmers of America (FFA), the American FFA degree, which recognizes a member’s dedication to his or her chapter and state FFA association. In addition, it rewards the effort that FFA members apply toward their supervised agricultural experience and the outstanding leadership abilities and community involvement exhibited throughout their FFA career. Gilpen plans to attend the degree ceremony, which takes place during the 94th National FFA Convention and Expo in Indianaoplis, Ind., from October 27-30.
Gilpen, who was a member of the Lawton FFA chapter, is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture with a concentration in agribusiness management. His siblings, Colton Gilpen and Courtney Gilpen, are also CU graduates with degrees in agriculture. Courtney earned the American FFA degree in 2017. His mother, Amy Gilpen, received her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from CU.
In successfully working toward the American FFA degree, Gilpen gained practical skills, training and experience that will serve him well into the future.
According to the FFA website, American FFA degree recipients show promise for the future and have gone above and beyond to achieve excellence. The degree is the final step in an FFA degree system that encourages personal growth and achievement toward establishing a career in agriculture.