INDIANAPOLIS (Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016/National FFA Organization) – Joe LaJoye of Hastings, Mich., has been awarded the VIP Citation by the National FFA Organization, recognizing his significant contributions to FFA and agricultural education.
LaJoye has been the director of the National FFA Band since 1992. He has a passion for music and is well-known in the music community, especially in his home state of Michigan. He is an adjudicator for the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association at district and state levels. He and his wife, Patti, were instrumental in bringing The Music Center to Hastings, which serves people of all ages and musical skill levels. He has also directed the Indiana State FFA and Michigan State FFA bands.
"The VIP Citation recognizes the dedicated individuals who contribute to the FFA mission of student success through their hard work and cooperation," the organization's CEO, Mark Poeschl, said. "Without such strong and outstanding commitment, FFA would not be able to help build strong character in its members, who in turn build strong families, communities and businesses."
The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 629,367 student members who belong to one of 7,757 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
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About National FFA Organization The National FFA Organization is a national youth organization of 629,367 student members as part of 7,757 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
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