Local FFA students earn honors at state convention
A Southwest High School student and a pair of Wheaton High School FFA teams have received honors at the 85th annual Missouri FFA Convention.
Jerri Lynn Henry, of Washburn, earned second place in the Missouri FFA Agricultural Education Entrepreneurship and Placement Combined Award. Henry, a senior at Southwest High School, is the daughter of Jerry and Kathy Henry.
Henry raises bobwhite quail for her supervised agricultural experience (SAE). The project has given her the opportunity to learn responsibility, dedication and observation skills. She evaluates growing patterns, nutritional needs and beak and feet conditions to maintain a healthy flock.
"I learned, through my SAE, that I love conservation and everything that comes with it," said Henry.
As a member of FFA, Henry has attended state and national FFA conventions and the Washington Leadership Conference. She has been awarded the state FFA Public Speaking Academy Medal and has competed at the state level in other FFA events. Henry has also been an active participant in state and national FFA chorus.
In addition to taking part in FFA, Henry is a member of the National Honor Society, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and student council.
After graduation, Henry plans to attend Missouri State University and major in environmental sciences with an emphasis in crop management. She hopes to one day obtain a job in wildlife conservation or in the field of soil and water conservation.
State proficiency awards recognize FFA members who excel as agricultural entrepreneurs, employees or volunteers while gaining hands-on career experience. Wildlife products and management entrepreneurship is one of 49 proficiency award areas recognized at the state level. The award is sponsored by the Missouri Department of Conservation.
The Wheaton FFA soils team earned second place in soils career development and the Wheaton FFA dairy team earned third place in the dairy foods career development event. Soils team members include: Logan Moore, Cody Bobski, Brittany Harmon and Brandon Mestas. The dairy team members are: Matt Hickman, Kayla Mason, Kim Day and Macy Brattin.
The soils team evaluated and analyzed soil for characteristics critical to production capabilities. More earned first place, and Bobski took sixth place. Harmon and Mestas placed 42nd out of 180 participants.
The dairy team tasted milk samples for flavor, identified 14 different types of cheese and used a scoring system to test milk products according to USDA standards. Hickman and Mason tied for ninth place. Day earned 12th place, and Brattin, placed 22nd out of 175 participants.
The Wheaton FFA team advisors are David Bolton and Eric Roller, and the Southwest FFA advisor is Joe Moore.