Highly honored Connecticut agricultural education teacher named to board of directors of National FFA Organization

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INDIANAPOLIS (Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013/National FFA Organization) – William P. Davenport of Woodbury, Conn., has been named to the board of directors of the National FFA Organization.

Davenport has taught agriscience at Nonnewaug High School in Woodbury, Conn., since 1986. He has also served as director of the Ellis Clark Regional Agriscience and Technology program since 2004.


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For more than 22 years, he has led the 328-member Woodbury High School FFA chapter as its advisor. He has coached more than 95 FFA judging teams in food science, poultry, meats, dairy foods, dairy judging and livestock judging to state FFA championships and helped more than 175 members compete in national FFA competitions.

Davenport is a member of the Litchfield County and Connecticut Farm Bureau and was a member of the Connecticut Governor's Task Force on Education Funding. He is a former member of the Connecticut State Board of Education.

He earned both a bachelor's and master's degree in animal science from the University of Connecticut and received a sixth-year diploma in administration and supervision from Southern Connecticut State University.

Davenport has achieved an array of honors throughout his career, including being named the 2004 Connecticut state Teacher of the Year and one of the top 20 teachers of the year by USA Today in 2005.

Davenport was born and raised on a dairy farm in Litchfield, Conn. In addition to his teaching and FFA responsibilities, he owns 20 registered Holstein and Ayrshire dairy cattle and works part-time on his brother’s dairy farm in eastern New York state.

The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 557,318 student members in grades seven through 12 who belong to one of 7,498 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

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About National FFA Organization
The National FFA Organization is a national youth organization of 557,318 student members as part of 7,498 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The FFA 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. The National FFA Organization operates under a federal charter granted by the 81st United States Congress and it is an integral part of public instruction in agriculture. The U.S. Department of Education provides leadership and helps set direction for FFA as a service to state and local agricultural education programs. For more, visit the National FFA Organization online at www.FFA.org, on Facebook, Twitter and the official National FFA Organization blog.