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Jack Staats Receives National FFA VIP Citation- Six Oklahomans Presented with Honorary American FFA Degree in Indy

Mon, 01 Nov 2021 05:43:14 EDT

Jack Staats Receives National FFA VIP Citation- Six Oklahomans Presented with Honorary American FFA Degree in Indy Former State FFA Advisor Jack Staats was honored as one of 11 National VIP Citation recipients at the 2021 National FFA Covention in Kansas City. He taught agricultural education at Freedom High school from 1973-176, Buffalo High School from 1976-1977, and Alva High School from 1977-2007. Staats went on to serve as the program manager and Oklahoma FFA adviser for Oklahoma's Department of Career and Technology Education. from 2008 untilt he spring of 2020.

Staats joined Northwestern Oklahoma State University in the fall of 2020 as an instructor of agricultural education is Jack Staats, who has been hired as the William Donald Campbell Family Chair in Agriculture.

The picture shows Mr. Staats on stage Friday October 29th at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indiaanpolis.

Eleven individuals were honored with a VIP Citation during the National FFA Convention & Expo,held in Indianapolis, Oct. 27-30. The VIP Citation recognizes individuals' significant contributions to FFA and agricultural education. Those individuals are Scott Bormann of Stilwell, Kan.; Leon Busdieker of Hawk Point, Mo.; Dr. Robert Flores of San Luis Obispo, Calif.; Lyle Orwig of Chaska, Minn.; Terry Riekman of Salem, S.D.; Ronnie Simmons of Gainesville, Fla.; Dr. Michael Spiess of Montague, Calif.; Jack Staats of Alva, Okla.; and David Wyrick of Byron, Mich.Additionally, Robert Hays of Indianapolis, Ind., and Jeffrey Hicken of Waupan, Wis., are being awarded the VIP posthumously. The VIP Citation honors the dedicated individuals who contribute to the FFA mission of student success through their hard work and cooperation.

In addition to the VIP Citation given to Mr. Staats in 2021, six supporters of FFA in Oklahoma were honored with the Honorary American FFA Degree. That group included Mary Baldwin, Morrison; Greg Black, Kingfisher; Jason Harvey, Oklahoma City; Travis Bradshaw, Elgin; Chris Klaassen, Hydro and Ginger Klaassen, Hydro. 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. Members of the National FFA Organization's board of directors approved the nomination.



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