Area FFA programs receive honors
Purdy and Wheaton FFA students recently earned several honors at the 84th Missouri FFA Convention held in Columbia.
Charli Jo Epperly, of Cassville, was named an honorary State FFA Degree recipient at the convention.
Epperly has been an agriculture educator for the past 12 years. She graduated from Missouri State University and began her teaching career in Mound City. She taught at Diamond before joining the Cassville School District six years ago.
Epperly is an active participant in agricultural education professional organizations. In her years as an advisor, Epperly has helped students obtain their American FFA degrees and Missouri FFA degrees and compete in state career development events.
The Missouri FFA Association recognizes Honorary State FFA degree recipients each year at its annual state convention for their valuable efforts and contributions to the FFA organization and its members.
Those eligible to receive the Honorary FFA degree include farmers, school superintendents, principals, members of the board of education, chapter advisors, teachers, staff members in agricultural education, business professionals and others who are helping to advance agricultural education and the FFA while rendering outstanding service.
First in Dairy Cattle
The Purdy Chapter of the FFA won first place in the dairy cattle evaluation career development event at this year's convention. There were 60 teams in the competition.
Team members were Jake Beaty, Jake Henderson, Alex Mareth and Jared Smith. Team advisors are Laura Hensley and David Mareth.
Smith finished third, Henderson placed sixth and Beaty placed 11th individually in the competition.
Individuals were scored on how well they applied dairy cattle evaluation skills learned in the classroom. Each team evaluated six classes of four dairy cattle and presented oral reasons for their evaluations.
second in dairy foods
The Wheaton FFA Chapter took second place honors in the state dairy foods career development event during the annual competition. There were 45 teams participating.
Wheaton team members Daisy Alvarado, Monica Conquest, Mariah Kochell and Amanda Munday were challenged to taste-test milk sample for flavor, identify 14 different types of cheeses and use a scoring system to test milk products according to United States Department of Agriculture standards. The hands-on portion of the event was combined with an intensive written examination. Competitors used lessons learned in the classroom to tackle the event.
Conquest finished second, Alvarado placed fifth, and Kochell placed 21st out of 170 participants.
Schoelzel takes second
Tyler Schoelzel, of Purdy, received the second place award in Missouri FFA environmental science and natural resources management entrepreneurship and placement combined proficiency competition at the state convention.
Schoelzel, a senior, is a member of the Wheaton FFA Chapter. He is the son of Jon and Tisha Schoelzel.
Schoelzel's supervised agricultural experience program consisted of working with the Missouri Department of Conservation at Roaring River State Park in Cassville. Schoelzel is a member of the Stream Team and high school baseball team. He participates in the Wonders of Wildlife program.
Schoelzel plans to study wildlife management at College of the Ozarks. He also plans to enter the law enforcement academy at Missouri Southern State University.
Proficiency awards recognize FFA members who excel as agricultural entrepreneurs, employees or volunteers while gaining hands-on career experience. Environmental science and natural resources management entrepreneurship and placement is one of 49 proficiency award areas recognized at the state level. The Missouri Department of Natural Resources sponsors the award.
Wheaton FFA Knowledge team takes sixth in state
The Wheaton FFA Chapter won sixth place in the Missouri FFA Knowledge Leadership Career Development event at the annual convention. There were 52 teams competing.
Wheaton team members were Kayla Mason, Kim Day, Kelly Alvarado and Kaden Davis. Alvarado and Davis placed 18th and Day placed 26th out of 207 participants.
Knowledge teams spend numerous hours studying the 100 question test covering FFA history and information on the National FFA organization. This contest is sponsored by the Missouri FFA Association and is one of many ways the FFA prepares students for success.
The Missouri FFA has over 25,000 members representing 7,489 local chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.