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November 10, 2011

Stott Receives Honorary American FFA Degree



Indianapolis, IN - Mr. Corey Stott of Arbela was recently selected to receive the Honorary American FFA Degree. The award is given to those who advance agricultural education and FFA through outstanding personal commitment.

The National FFA Organization works to enhance the lives of youth through agricultural education. Without the efforts of highly dedicated individuals, thousands of young people would not be able to achieve success that, in turn, contributes directly to the overall wellbeing of the nation. The Honorary American FFA Degree is an opportunity to recognize those who have gone beyond the valuable daily contributions to make an extraordinary long-term difference in the lives of students, inspiring confidence in a new generation of agriculturists. Recipients in the teacher category are selected on the basis of their contributions in the following seven areas: classroom/ laboratory instruction, experiential learning of students, National FFA Organization, building partnerships, agricultural education program marketing, agricultural education program development and evaluation, and professional development of agricultural education teachers. In addition, teachers must have taught for a minimum of 10 years and their agriculture education program must have 85 percent membership in the past year.

Stott has been an agricultural education teacher and FFA advisor for 14 years. He began teaching in 1998 at Clark County High School. After teaching at Clark County for eight years, he accepted a position at the Kirksville Area Technical Center teaching agricultural education. Following that year, an opportunity arose for Stott to return home to his roots and teach in the Scotland County R-1 agricultural education program, where he is in his fifth year of service. Stott is a 1992 alumnus of Scotland County R-1 High School and the Memphis FFA Chapter. He received his State FFA Degree in 1991, and his American FFA Degree in 1993. He graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Agricultural Economics in May 1996, and a Master's of Education degree in Agricultural Education in July 1998. Stott received his Honorary State FFA Degree in 2006. He currently resides in the Arbela area with his wife Ashlee and son Jacob.

Members of the National FFA Board of Directors approved Stott's nomination, and he traveled to Indianapolis to receive the honor during an onstage presentation at the 84th National FFA Convention October 19-22. He received a plaque and medal, and his name is permanently recorded in the National FFA archives.

The National FFA Organization, formerly known as the Future Farmers of America, is a national youth organization of 523,309 student members- all preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture- as part of 7,487 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The National FFA Organization changed to its present name in 1998, in recognition of the growth and diversity of agriculture and agricultural education. The 84th National FFA Convention drew over 50,000 FFA members, advisors and guests from across the country. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. Visit www.ffa.org for more information and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and FFA Nation.


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