Kyle Sweedler, of Williams, was presented with the DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award, sponsored by Monsanto Company. He is the son of Wesley and Cindi Sweedler. He received the award for excellence in academics, leadership and agricultural work experience.
Over the 65 years of the award, more than 168,000 high school seniors from across the country have received the award. As the winner of the 2012 award, Sweedler's name will be recorded ona permanent plaque.
A the 2012 State FFA Convention, he was awarded the Iowa FFA Degree, the highest rank that can be conferred upon active members by the Iowa FFA Association. To qualify for the degree, the Iowa FFA constitution requires the recipient to have received the Chapter FFA Degree, to have been an active member of FFA for at least two years, to have at least two years of school instruction in agriculture eduction and in addition, have worked at least 300 hours in excess of class time in a supervised agricultural experience. Twenty-five additional hours of community service are required as well as a demonstration of leadership requirements and satisfactory scholastic record, plus participation in at least five FFA activities and programs outside of the chapter.
Sweedler plans to attend Ellsworth Community College in the fall to pursue agricultural studies.