Jared Childress, of Monett, won the Missouri FFA Agricultural Mechanics Design and Fabrication Entrepreneurship and Placement Proficiency Award at the 84th Missouri FFA Convention held in Columbia.
Childress is a senior at Monett High School and the son of Dennis and Beverly Childress. He is a member of the Monett FFA Chapter under Tamra Sunby, advisor.
Childress' supervised agricultural experience included working at Roderick Arm and Tool Company where he manufactured parts for customers. As part of the experience, Childress developed many skills, such as sanding, welding, electrical maintenance and customer service. He also learned to work safely and communicate with others.
As an FFA member, Childress has participated in numerous activities, including Missouri FFA Convention Courtesy Corps, the Greenhand motivational conference, Learn Educate Advance and Develop Conference and Area 11 Agricultural Olympics. Childress is also involved in football and Future Business Leaders of America.
Following high school, Childress wants to continue working in manufacturing and study engineering or business management.
Proficiency awards recognize FFA members who excel as agricultural entrepreneurs, employees or volunteers while gaining hands-on career experience. Agricultural mechanics design and fabrication entrepreneurship and placement is one of 49 proficiency award areas recognized at state level. Ahrens Steel and Welding Supply in Columbia sponsors the award.