Sam Percival of Mount Vernon was named an Honorary State FFA Degree recipient at the 90th Missouri FFA Convention. He is a 2002 graduate of Skyline High School.
Percival has taught agricultural education at Aurora High School and served as adviser for the Aurora FFA Chapter for the past four years. Previously, he taught at Wheatland High School for seven years. While teaching, Percival has helped 21 students earn their State FFA Degree and 18 students earn their American FFA Degree. Throughout the years, Percival has helped 17 career development event teams earn a Group 1 rating at the state level, with the farm business management and grasslands evaluation teams winning their events. His students also were state finalists in 36 proficiency award areas.
The Missouri FFA Association recognizes Honorary State FFA Degree recipients at its annual state convention for their valuable efforts and contributions to the FFA organization and its members. Those eligible to receive the Honorary FFA Degree include farmers, school superintendents, principals, members of the board of education, chapter advisers, teachers, staff members in agricultural education, business professionals and others who help to advance agricultural education and the FFA while rendering outstanding service.
The Missouri FFA has 25,375 members representing 343 chapters. The national organization has more than 653,000 members representing 8,568 chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
The FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.