TUHS superintendent receives awared before 5,000 FFA members in Selland Arena
Mark Richardson, superintendent/principal of Taft Union High School, was honored as the California state FFA Administrator of the Year at the state FFA conference.
This is the most prestigious award that a school administrator can receive from the Future Farmers of America.
The award was presented at Selland Arena before 5,000 FFA members and guests on April 22.
Taft FFA chapter members nominated Richardson on Feb. 1.
He won over other Kern County administrators at the sectional level in February.
In March, he placed first in the San Joaquin Region (one of six in the state).
Finally, a student committee selected him from among administrators nominated from throughout the state.
Richardson will represent California at the national FFA convention in Indianapolis this fall. California has 70,000 FFA members representing 305 different chapters.
Richardson was honored for his personal support of students and continuous support of Taft High’s agriculture programs.
Twelve Taft FFA members were on hand as Richardson’s name was announced to thunderous applause.
He deflected the praise and said he was just part of the team.
“We have a board that really supports the FFA and our school, a business manager who looks after our funds, teachers who are in it for students, and classified staff members that go out of their way to make things happen. This award is a reflection of what all of these people do!”