Henderson wins FFA Proficiency Award

Saturday, May 13, 2017
Tate Henderson is pictured with his awards for taking first place at the Missouri FFA state convention, winning the Wildlife Management Proficiency Award. Contributed photo

PCHS senior takes first in state for wildlife management

COLUMBIA ó Tate Henderson of Pierce City won the Missouri FFA Wildlife Management Proficiency Award at the 89th Missouri FFA Convention.

Henderson is a senior at Pierce City High School and is a member of the Pierce City FFA chapter. His parents are Brent Curran and Malia Henderson. His advisors are Heather DeOrnellis and Duane Kaiser.

Hendersonís supervised agricultural experience program consists of cultivating and propagating coral and saltwater fish. His responsibilities include conducting regular maintenance on tanks and lights, serving as primary caretaker of the fish and corals, feeding the fish and managing water parameter levels. He also markets his products and sells to bigger stores like Joplinís Saltwater Paradise.

In FFA, Henderson has attended Greenhand Motivational Conference, UMC Field Day and state FFA convention. He was active in his area and participated in the agriculture career show, FFA banquet and the officer training workshop. Henderson also won a national proficiency award.

In addition to FFA, Henderson is involved with baseball, Aquarium Club of the Ozarks and Joplin Area Saltwater Enthusiasts. He is also a member of the Joplin Reefers (Coral Growers) Community.

After graduation, Henderson plans to attend Oklahoma State University to pursue a doctorate in veterinary medicine. He intends to start his own veterinary clinic. He also wants to open a saltwater store where he sells fish and coral with intention to become the most established saltwater curator in the tri-state area.

Proficiency awards recognize FFA members who excel as agricultural entrepreneurs, employees or volunteers while gaining hands-on career experience. Wildlife Management is one of 48 proficiency award areas recognized at the state level. Missouri Department of Conservation sponsored this award.