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Valorie Coleman
Public Relations Director
College of the Ozarks
Point Lookout, MO 65726
Office: (417) 690-2212

Date:  April 20, 2012
SUBJECT:  Swearengen receives Honorary State FFA Degree

COLUMBIA, Mo., April 20, 2012—Dan Swearengen of Point Lookout, Mo., was named an Honorary State FFA Degree recipient at the 84th Missouri FFA Convention.

Swearengen serves as general farm manager and chairman for the College of the Ozarks Division of Technical and Applied Sciences. For the past 35 years, Swearengen has helped to oversee and organize the annual FFA workshop on the College of the Ozarks campus. He worked with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education  and college administration to establish an agricultural education program within the agriculture department. Swearengen also encouraged the establishment and development of a collegiate FFA chapter at College of the Ozarks.

Swearengen uses the agriculture department as a host site for area FFA awards banquets and the FFA Learn, Educate, Advance, and Develop (LEAD) Program

The Missouri FFA Association recognizes Honorary State FFA Degree recipients each year 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 advisors, teachers, staff members in agricultural education, business professionals and others who are helping to advance agricultural education and the FFA while rendering outstanding service.

The Missouri FFA has 25,760 members representing 327 chapters. The national organization has more than 540,000 members representing 7,489 local 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.

Contact Info:
April 18-21, 2012
Joyce Cutright at 573-882-0866
After April 21 at 417-880-2625


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