Stanford- FFA member, Ashley Miller took home top honors in
the Beef Production-entrepreneurship proficiency award at the Section 9
FFA competition, February 15th, in Pontiac. Nate Weihmeir also took home top honors in the Grain Production-entrepreneurship. Finally, Josh Kindred was named the winner in the Ag Sales-entrepreneurship proficiency. Olympia FFA was also well represented by Karmen Glueck in Vegetable Production and Claire Springer in Safety.
Proficiency awards are one of many awards given at the
section level. Proficiency award areas allow FFA members to apply skills
learned through agricultural education classes to projects that are
either categorized as entrepreneurship or placement. These
students have kept records of their experiences and were interviewed by
a panel of judges to demonstrate their knowledge of their agricultural
area. The winners from each category have earned the
opportunity to represent Section 9 FFA at the District 2 competition in
Joliet on March 8th. These students have spent
countless hours working on their SAE projects and have gained valuable
experience in the agriculture industry. We wish them the best of luck at the district competition.
Josh Kindred said, “It was a new and fun experience for me. I enjoyed discussing my business with the judges.” Kindred sells hunting blinds and tree stands through his business “Off The Rails Outdoors”.
“This experience will help
in my future career as I plan to study ag business and communications in
college,” Ashley Miller stated. Miller produces beef cattle and shows at the county, state and national levels.
Nate Weihmeir said, “I’ve
spent a lot of time going over my records and have tried to make the
best decisions for my grain enterprise. I now understand how important it is to keep sound financial records.” Weihmeir raised corn on 17.5 acres of land.
There are more than 45
total proficiency award areas covering career interests in everything
from dairy science to forestry. For more information on proficiency
awards, visit www.ffa.org/participate/awards/proficiencies.
The National FFA
Organization is the largest national youth leadership organization with
over 600,000 student members, representing over 7,400 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.