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April 28, 2014 | By: Pinney
Several area students were awarded top honors at the 86th Annual Missouri Future Farmers of America State Convention last Friday.
John Schenkel, a senior at Maryville High School and member of the Northwest Missouri Technical School chapter, was named Star Farmer for Area 1st and placed 2nd in the Diversified Agriculture Production Entrepreneurship and Placement Proficiency category.
Northwest Missouri Technical School senior Dustin Wolters placed second in Landscape Management Proficiency.
Gina Schieber, a senior at Jefferson C-123 High School and member of the Jefferson chapter, placed second in Grain Production Entrepreneurship Proficiency.
Emily Mattson, a member of the Jefferson chapter, placed third in the "Missouri Ruralist" Larry Harper Young Writers Essay Contest.
Kelli Schieber, a member of the Jefferson chapter, was given a Missouri Agribusiness Academy certificate. She will attend the academy, sponsored by the Missouri Department of Agriculture, this summer.
Two area advisers were honored at the event as well - Jeremy and Jacqueline Lacy, the advisers for the Northwest Missouri Technical School chapter, were both given honorary FFA degrees. As students, Jeremy and Jacqueline were chapter and area officers. Together, they have coached almost 50 students to state success and 7 to national scholarships.
The Missouri FFA has 25,852 members representing 334 chapters. The national organization has more than 579,000 members representing 7,570 local chapters in all 50 States, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.