Jayla Smith receives Honorary State FFA Degree
COLUMBIA, Mo., April 22, 2022 – The Missouri FFA Association named Jayla Smith, Jamesport, an Honorary State FFA Degree recipient at the 94th Missouri FFA Convention.
Smith, a family and consumer science educator for 41 years, is currently an instructor at Tri-County R-7. Furthermore, Smith owned and operated J. Ray Quarter Horses with her late husband Ray Smith, which is currently operated by their daughter, Janelle. Over the years, Smith served on several boards including Missouri Association for Career and Technical Education, Association of Career and Technical Education Region 3 Policy Committee, Chairman of the Daviess County Extension Board and the Northwest Region Extension Council.
In support of the Missouri FFA Association, Smith has attended various FFA functions for her daughter (a past area officer) and niece (a past Missouri State FFA officer). She also offered help with local banquets, chaperoned FFA trips including National FFA Convention and Expo when the advisor could not attend, provided food donations at fairs and cooked meals for Northwest district agriculture instructors and FFA advisors during their time judging proficiencies.
The Missouri FFA Association recognizes Honorary State FFA Degree recipients 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 advisors, teachers, staff members in agricultural education, business professionals and others who are helping to advance agricultural education and the FFA.
The Missouri FFA has 25,626 members representing 353 chapters. The national organization has more than 735,000 members representing 8,817 chapters in all 50 states and Puerto Rico.
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.
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