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National FFA Organization names 2020 recipients of VIP Citation


Five individuals will be honored with a VIP Citation at the 2020 National FFA Convention & Expo, held virtually Oct. 27 to 29. The VIP Citation recognizes individuals’ significant contributions to FFA and agricultural education.

Those individuals receiving this distinction are:

  • Suzanne Buck of Bridport, Vermont
  • Craig Dobbins of West Lafayette, Indiana
  • Susan Garey of Harrington, Delaware
  • Arba Henry of Quarryville, Pennsylvania
  • William Scott of North Ferrisburgh, Vermond

“The VIP Award recognizes the dedicated individuals who contribute to the FFA mission of student success through their hard work and cooperation,” National FFA chief executive officer Mark Poeschl said. “Without such strong and outstanding commitment, FFA would not be able to help build strong character in its members, who in turn become strong leaders in their families, communities and businesses.”

More than a dozen people were honored last year with the award, and nineteen people were selected in 2019.

The National FFA Organization is a school-based national youth leadership development organization of more than 760,000 student members as part of 8,700 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. This year’s virtual convention will still be hosted by the 2019-20 National FFA Officer Team and continue the tradition of celebrating and inspiring the hundreds of thousands of FFA members who are becoming the next generation of leaders.

“The safety of our members and stakeholders is always top of mind,” said Dr. James Woodard, the organization’s national advisor and chair of the board of directors. “While the event might look a little different this year, rest assured that we will continue to be celebrating agriculture’s future leaders and conducting the organization’s official business.”

National FFA looks forward to returning to Indianapolis with an in-person convention in 2021 as part of its long-term hosting partnership that will now run through 2033.

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