During a special assembly, Wesley Davis, Point Pleasant Jr/Sr High School and Mason County Career Center student, was recognized for being the newly elected state FFA president. Davis is the first state president from Mason County since Commissioner of Agriculture Gus Douglass was elected in 1946.
Douglass also was on hand during the assembly to congratulate Davis on his achievement. In turn, Douglass was recognized for his many contributions to agriculture education in Mason County. According to Ruth Caplinger, Mason County vocational director, after being elected state FFA president, Douglass later went on to become West Virginia’s first national FFA president and was a founder of the National FFA Alumni Association. In addition, he was recently inducted into the State Career and Technical Hall of Fame.
Dr. Stanley Hopkins was recently inducted into the State Career and Technical Hall of Fame as well. Hopkins began his career as an agriculture teacher at the Mason County Career Center. He eventually worked at the West Virginia Department of Education, where he served as the state assistant superintendent of schools prior to his recent retirement.
Davis’ FFA advisor, Sam Nibert, also was recognized during the assembly. Nibert teaches agriculture at the career center. Earlier this summer, Nibert was recognized at the State Career and Technical Education Conference as well. Nibert won the Star of Education Award for Outstanding New CTE Teacher, which he was nominated for by Caplinger.
During the assembly Caplinger praised Davis, Douglass, Hopkins and Nibert.
“These men have contributed to Agriculture Education and through their contributions have brought credit to Mason County — they truly are our stars,” she said.
Following the assembly, Davis, Douglass, Hopkins and Nibert were recognized by Mason County Superintendent Suzanne Dickens and the Mason County Board of Education.