Staff Report

During this year’s National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, members Kayla Erath and Melissa Brocke of the Santa Ynez chapter of the Future Farmers of America received the American Degree in recognition of their hard work and determination.

The American Degree is awarded to just 1 percent of young adults who are considered the living definition of an FFA member and who continue to show tremendous progress in their projects.

Kayla and Melissa are the first local recipients in about 10 years.

 “I felt a tinge of sadness as I officially unzipped the blue corduroy jacket for the last time,” Kayla said.