The National FFA Organization has selected a West Virginia University professor to receive a special VIP Citation for making significant contributions to agricultural education.

Harry N. Boone, associate professor of agricultural and extension education in WVU s Davis College of Agriculture, Forestry and Consumer Sciences, will be honored during the 81st National FFA Convention Oct. 22-25 in Indianapolis.

The VIP Citation is one of the most prestigious awards a person may receive for supporting FFA and its programs.

Boone has served the organization in various capacities, including consultant to the National FFA s national officer selection committee, judge for numerous state-level FFA contests, official scorer and master of ceremonies for West Virginia state FFA career development events, coordinator for West Virginia national officer candidate selection procedure and as a member of the West Virginia Agricultural Education Joint Staff Committee.

Because the FFA is dedicated to developing leadership, personal growth and exploring career opportunities in the broad areas of agriculture, it has the potential to influence the lives and careers of many high school students,Boone said.It was an integral part of my life during high school, and as a result, I have devoted much of my professional career to helping others enjoy the many opportunities that I had as a student of agriculture education and member of the FFA .

FFA is a national youth organization with some 500,800 student members preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture. There are about 7,360 local chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. FFA strives to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premiere leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.

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