Community member honored

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Randy Plattner, of Marshall, was recently selected to receive the Honorary American FFA Degree-Teacher. 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 valuable daily contributions to make an extraordinary long-term difference in the lives of students, inspiring confidence in a new generation of agriculturists.

Recipients in the teacher category are selected on the basis of their contributions in the following seven areas: Classroom and laboratory instruction; students' experiential learning; the National FFA Organization; building partnerships; agricultural education program marketing, program development and evaluation; and professional development of agricultural education teachers.

In addition, teachers must have taught for a minimum of 10 years and their agricultural education program must have had 85 percent membership in the past year.

Members of the National FFA Organization's board of directors approved the nomination.

Plattner will receive the award at the 2014 National FFA Convention and Expo Oct. 29 through Nov. 1 in Louisville, Ky. All recipients will receive a certificate and medal, and their names will be permanently recorded.

The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 579,678 student members in grades 7-12 who belong to one of 7,570 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.