• Mark Nower Receives Honorary American FFA Degree


    Gregori High School’s Mark Nower received the Honorary American FFA Degree from the National FFA Organization. The award is given to those who go above and beyond to make a long-term difference in the lives of their students and inspire confidence in each new generation of agriculturists.

    According to a National FFA Organization press release, teachers are chosen according to their contributions in 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. Teachers must teach a minimum of 10 years before being eligible for the degree, and their agricultural education program must have had 85 percent membership in the past year.

    Nower, along with 47 other teachers, received a certificate and medal at the 2015 National FFA Convention and Expo in late October. Seven of the recipients were from California FFA chapters.

    Then National FFA Organization is a national youth organization of 610,240 student members as part of 7,665 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Its mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.