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    JVS Business Partner Receives Honorary State FFA Degree
    Tom Stannard from Wellington Implement Co. received an honorary degree at the State FFA Convention

    May 13, 2018

    Every year, the Ohio FFA Association awards Honorary State FFA Degrees to adults who have provided exceptional service to agriculture, agricultural education, or the FFA.

    Mr. Tom Stannard, Wellington Implement General Manager, and Vice President was awarded this honor during the 90th Annual State FFA Convention held at the Ohio State Fairgrounds in Columbis on May 3rd.

    He was nominated by Mr. Greg Hendricks, Lorain County JVS Industrial Equipment Mechanics Instructor and Ms. Beth Berthold, Lorain County JVS Landscape and Greenhouse Management Instructor for his continued support of the Lorain County JVS programs and FFA Chapter.

    According to Hendricks, Tom Stannard and Wellington Implement have been great supporters of Lorain County JVS and especially the Agricultural programs for many years.  “Both Tom and Bill Stannard are longtime members of the JVS Ag advisory committee. This committee helps ensure that our programs keep pace with the on-going changes in the workplace,” shared Hendricks.

    “Wellington Implement has hired many students and has also provided numerous scholarships to those attending The University of Northwestern in Agricultural Mechanics,” Hendricks continued. “Tom has also been very instrumental in providing a new Case tractor and company technical support to train students in the most modern equipment available.”

    The National FFA Organization was really important to Stannard as he was growing up and it also had a large impact on his life. “The FFA teaches a strong work ethic, and requires you to finish the things that you start,” said Stannard. “It instills values that build a well-rounded person. To be able to reconnect with the FFA organization in this way is very humbling and is quite an honor.”

    Stannard was a member of the FFA organization in high school, and now as a business owner and proud supporter of the Lorain County JVS, he enjoyed being back at the state convention. “I enjoyed meeting the other honorary degree recipients and learning about how they impact the FFA on a local level,” shared Stannard.

    “What the JVS offers is equally important to the students as it is the industry. College and traditional education doesn’t always work for all students and the JVS offers students a way to thrive and prepares them for lucrative careers,” Stannard said. “There is such a shortage of people with a technical education in today’s workforce, and I feel the service the Lorain County JVS and other such institutions provide, is incredibly valuable.”