Southeast Students Recognized at National FFA Convention

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Dec. 10, 2009 – Southeast Missouri State University students Daniel Johnson of Jackson, Mo., Katie Patterson of Advance, Mo., Maddie Rupke of Jackson, Mo., and Mallory Crow of Bernie, Mo., received the American FFA Degree at the 82nd National FFA Convention in Indianapolis on Oct. 24. It is the highest degree awarded by the National FFA Organization and recognizes the four students’ demonstrated leadership abilities and outstanding achievements in agricultural business, production, processing and service programs.

Less than one in 154 FFA members advance through their local chapter and state FFA degree programs to earn this national degree. Johnson, the son of Chris and Jane Johnson of Jackson, Mo., is currently majoring in agri-business and agriculture education at Southeast.  He is a member of the Jackson FFA Chapter, and his FFA advisors are David Wells and Daniel Burkemper. 

Patterson, the daughter of Harold and Cynthia Patterson of Advance, Mo., is currently majoring in animal science at Southeast with plans to attend veterinary school after graduating.  She is a member of the Advance FFA Chapter, and her FFA advisors are Rich Thomas and Brent Raines.  Rupke, the daughter of John and Julia Rupke of Jackson, Mo., is currently majoring in agri-business and animal science at Southeast and is a member of the Advance FFA Chapter.

Crow is the daughter of Darell and Debbie Crow.  She is currently majoring in agri-business at Southeast.  She is a member of the Bernie FFA Chapter, and her FFA advisor is Ronnie Shipman.  Each student received a gold American FFA Degree key and a certificate in a blue leatherette frame to commemorate the achievement. The recognition program is sponsored by Case IH, Farm Credit, Pioneer Hi-Bred, a DuPont Company and Syngenta, as a special project of the National FFA Foundation. The national FFA convention is the nation’s largest annual youth gathering, welcoming students, parents and educators from all across the United States.

The National FFA Organization, formerly known as the Future Farmers of America, is a national youth organization of 507,763 student members – all preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture – as part of 7,439 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.

Mallory Crow

Daniel Johnson

Maddie Rupke

Katie Patterson