MORGANTOWN , W.Va.Two members of the West Virginia University Davis College of Agriculture, Forestry and Consumer Sciences will be recognized this week for their dedication and service to the West Virginia Future Farmers of America Association.

Deborah Boone, associate professor of agricultural and extension education, and Alice Compton, administrative secretary for the agricultural and extension education program, will receive the Honorary State FFA Association Degree, the highest award the organization can bestow on an individual at the state FFA Association Convention this Friday in Ripley, W.Va.

During the last six years, Boone has been involved in several activities that have benefited West Virginias agricultural education community and the states FFA Association. She coordinates the West Virginia Seventh and Eighth Grade Agriscience Contest held each year during FFA Association Career Development Events. Boone develops activities to test the studentsknowledge of various aspects of agriculture and the association.

She also serves a vital role in the coordination of the other career development events across the state which includes finalizing team and individual certificates, calculating a sweepstakes award, and proofreading a results booklet.

Boone is also frequently called upon to judge public speaking contests at the state convention. In addition to judging at least one speaking event per year, she is responsible for scoring public speaking manuscripts. She also works closely with teachers to improve this process and create an educational experience for the students.


Many of Comptons contributions go on behind the scenes.

She is in charge of the registration process for FAA Association Career Development Events and provides contestant lists to the event coordinators, orders medals, and completes certificates for the winning individuals and teams. She also enters nearly 1,000 FFA Association members into the database each year and communicates to the agricultural education teachers that their teams are registered.

Compton also copies, assembles and mails the Agriculture Education News and Views newsletter five times each year to more than 750 agricultural education teachers, extension agents, school administrators and university agricultural education departments.

The FFA Association 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. Nationally, there are over 500,000 student members preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture.