Aurora agriculture students earn state proficiency awards

Saturday, July 25, 2020
Garrett Wright, a student member of the Aurora FFA chapter, took second place at state competition for his supervised project of growing and selling fruit produce. Contributed photo

Students engaged in wide variety of supervised projects

In the State FFA Proficiency Award program, which recognizes studentsí accomplishments with their respective Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) project, Aurora student members placed first at the area level to qualify for the state competition.

These members were recognized at the Virtual State FFA Convention. Members received the following honors:

Nicolas London took second place at state FFA competition with his supervised project in specialty crop production, growing and selling mums and mushrooms. Contributed photo

Second place:

Garrett Wright in fruit production. His SAE consists of producing and selling fruit produce. Garrett is a senior and serves as a member of the citizenship committee.

Nicolas London in specialty crop production. His SAE consists of growing and selling mums, and producing mushrooms. Nicolas is a senior and serves as chapter vice president.

The top 16 State Finalists were:

Kensie Darst in ag communications. Her SAE consists of working to inform the public about agriculture through different ways of communications. She has conducted literacy activities in various grade levels. Kensie is a graduate member and serves as a Missouri State FFA vice president.

James Conran in ag mechanics repair and maintenance placement. His SAE consists of working at Doty Trash Service and building fence on Lauffer Farm. James is a graduate member.

Olivia Parker in ag sales placement. Her SAE consists of working at Journagan True Value. Olivia is a senior and serves as chapter president.

Brett Ford in agriscience integrated. His SAE consists of researching the effects of news and social media on customerís perspective view of agriculture. He is a graduate member.

Elizabeth Martin in landscape management. Her SAE consists of mowing lawns and providing other lawn care services. Elizabeth is a junior and serves as the chapter vice president.

Caitlyn Kaye in nursery operations. SAE consists of growing mums and marketing them in the fall. Caitlyn is a junior and serves as the chapter secretary.

Alyssa Mooneyham in poultry production ownership. Her SAE consists of raising chickens and selling eggs. Alyssa is a junior and serves as the chapter chaplain.

Berrick Dobyns in swine production placement. His SAE consists of feeding and caring for pigs on the family farm. He is the chairman of the career success committee.

Drew Shoemaker in turfgrass management. His SAE consists of mowing yards and working at Honey Creek Golf Course. Drew is a senior and serves as a co-chair of the agriculture advocacy committee.