COLUMBIA — David Mauk, of Fredericktown, was named an Honorary State FFA Degree recipient at the 86th Missouri FFA Convention.
“FFA became part of my life beginning with my first day of high school and will remain a part of my life until the end,” said Mauk, former four-year member of the Farmington FFA Chapter.
Mauk earned a bachelor’s degree in agricultural business from Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau. He went on to earn his master’s degree in agricultural education from the University of Missouri. Mauk is now working to complete his doctorate in agricultural education at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Ill.
The Missouri FFA Association recognizes Honorary State FFA Degree recipients each year at its annual state convention for their valuable efforts and contributions to the FFA organization and its members. Those eligible to receive the Honorary FFA Degree include farmers, school superintendents, principals, members of the board of education, chapter advisors, teachers, staff members in agricultural education, business professionals and others who are helping to advance agricultural education and the FFA while rendering outstanding service.
The Missouri FFA has 25,852 members representing 334 chapters. The national organization has more than 579,000 members representing 7,570 local chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
The FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.