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Bill Stoltze & Palmer Educator Receive Highest FFA Award

Tuesday, October 30, 2012, Mat-Su, Alaska – Rep. Bill Stoltze, R-Mat-Su, and Don Berberich, a Palmer educator, were recently selected to receive the Honorary American FFA Degree. This 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 well-being of the nation. The Honorary American FFA Degree is an opportunity to recognize those who have gone beyond valuably daily contributions to make an extraordinary long-term difference in the lives of students, inspiring confidence in a new generation of agriculturists.

Members of the National FFA Board of Directors approved the nomination. Bill and Don traveled to Indianapolis to receive the honor during an onstage presentation at the 85th National FFA Convention & Expo which ran from October 24 – 27. All recipients received a certificate and medal, and their names will be permanently recorded.

The National FFA Organization, formerly known as the Future Farmers of America, is a national youth organization of 540,739 student members – as part of 7,489 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The National FFA Organization changed to its present name in 1988 in recognition of the growth and diversity of agriculture and agricultural education. 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.

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