A former Washington FFA will travel to the national convention in Indianapolis this weekend to receive the highest honor bestowed on a member.
Sophie Bell receives the American Diploma, which shows the dedication of an FFA member to her chapter and to the state FFA association. It also demonstrates the effort she put into her supervised farming experience, which included several projects, the most important being a harvest share with her grandparents and a beef company, BS Enterprises, which she and her sister Ellie started in their first year of high school with their father Lance. Bell shares how she feels about receiving this award: “I am delighted to receive it. It’s something since I joined FFA that I knew I wanted to receive and was working on. So I definitely had it in mind all the years that I spent at FFA just with all the activities and the time that I put into it, but it really is a huge honor. And there aren’t a ton of kids who end up getting their American degree compared to other degrees just because it takes so much time and work.
Bell is one of 117 Iowa FFA members to receive the U.S. diploma this year. She is a student at Iowa State University where she is studying agricultural business with a minor in agronomy. She is also active in several college and other farm clubs, and also enjoys supporting the Washington FFA Chapter when she can as part of the Alumni Chapter. Mid-Prairie’s Quinn Schmidt and Garrett Sexton also graduated from America this year.