Matthew Nigh receives FFA American Degree

Each year, the National FFA Organization honors 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.

The American FFA Degree is bestowed upon a select group of students in recognition of their years of academic and professional excellence. This year 4,255 American Degrees were awarded. Less than .5 percent of all FFA Members nationwide earn this honor.

Matthew Nigh, a 2016 graduate of Tri-County High School, was awarded the American FFA Degree at the 91st National FFA Convention & Expo on Oct. 27 in Indianapolis, IN during the 8th General Session.

Sponsored by Case IH, Elanco Animal Health, and Syngenta, the award recognizes demonstrated ability and outstanding achievements in agriculture business, production, processing, or service programs.

To be eligible, FFA members must have earned and productively invested $10,000 through a supervised agricultural experience pro-gram in which they start, own, or hold a professional position in an existing agricultural enterprise. Reci-pients must also complete 50 hours of community service and demonstrate outstanding leadership abilities and civic involvement. Each recipient of the American Degree receives a gold American Degree key, certificate and matted frame after being recognized on stage at the national convention.


Matthew Nigh is the son of George and Tonya Nigh. He is currently pursuing two degrees at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville—one in Electrical Engineering and the other in Sustainability and Renewable Energy Systems. Matthew anticipates graduating with his undergraduate degree in 2021 and hopes to further his education with a PHD in Renewable Energy Sources and Storage Systems.