MILAN FFA END OF YEAR REVIEW

The 2020 year was a very successful and unusual year for the Milan FFA Chapter. As contest teams approached, the chapter members began to diligently study to compete in their contests. Their willingness to work kept advisors very busy by helping students study for their specific contest teams. In the end, it paid off when they competed at Area III contest and NE District contests. The Milan FFA members and advisors took pride in this and other accomplishments.

The FFA leadership development teams competed at the Area III contest at Macon, MO, and brought home several awards. The chapter was very honored to receive the following: Creed Speaking 2nd – Tiffany Lee; Division II Prepared Public Speaking 1st place - Janissa Martinez; Knowledge team 3rd place- Gracie Dickson, Jacob Sallee, Danielle Henry, Chandler Weiseman; Conduct of Chapter Meetings team 3rd – place: Emily Menchaca, Idaly Reyes, Garrett Mosely, Greyson Smith, Alison Long, Jance Dibble, Jaron Dibble, Jeremy Bennett, All of these teams advancing to the Northeast District Contest.

After competing at the area contest, students qualified to go on to districts. District contests were held virtually in early summer, Janissa Martinez placed 2nd in Division II Prepared Public Speaking and was able to compete virtually at the State contest. The FFA Knowledge team also competed virtually in late August for the state contest. With all of the changes in the world, our CDE teams were able to compete virtually in a state contest, in this contest teams were not placed, only individual placings. Competing in Division II speaking: Janissa Martinez; FFA Knowledge LDE: Gracie Dickson, Danielle Henry, and Chandler Weisemann. Competing in State Career Development Events in Dairy Cattle: Ryan Smith and Brady Sayre; Entomology: David Eddy, Zack Banner, and Marcos Lopez; Horses: Lexi May and Kassie Johnson; Poultry: Blake Eitel, Jose Vicente, Jocelyn Perez.

The Milan FFA also had Erin Richardson, Savanna Linhart, and Kaleb Weaver receive their State FFA Degree. The following also went on to compete in their respective proficiency areas: Brett Sayre – Agriculture Education – State Winner; Clayton Moore –Agricultural Mechanics Design and Fabrication - State Winner; Quinn Doak – Veterinary Medicine.

During the summer, numerous members exhibited livestock, horticulture, and shop projects at fairs around the state, winning several awards throughout the show season. Chapter advisors kept busy making SAE visits and meeting with incoming members.

Milan FFA members exhibiting livestock had a tremendous summer as they “swept” the Sullivan County Fair, won many jackpot shows and other county fairs, and ended the summer on a high note at the Missouri State Fair. Exhibiting goats, Bobbi Ann Richardson was named Grand Champion Sullivan County Market Goat. Exhibiting sheep, Kati Stafford received Grand Champion Market Lamb & Grand Champion Wether Dam. At the Missouri State Fair, Kati won her division with her wether, Top 5 Senior Showmanship, and was in the grand champion drive with her wether dam. FFA member Danielle Henry exhibited the Grand Champion Home Raised Steer at the Sullivan County Fair. Exhibiting a steer, Blake Eitel was 2nd in his class of heavy weights at the Sullivan County Fair. Exhibiting steers, Conner Bankus won his division at the Missouri State Fair and competed in the Grand Champion Drive. Exhibiting swine, Emma Whitlock received Reserve Grand Champion Gilt, Grand Champion Sullivan County Gilt, and Grand Champion Sullivan County Barrow at the Sullivan County Fair. At the Missouri State Fair, Emma was 2nd in her FFA Berkshire class with her barrow, received Grand Champion FFA Berkshire Gilt, and Grand Champion Purebred Gilt. Exhibiting horses, Milan FFA 1st Vice President and Area III 1st Vice President Blake Eitel received Champion Barrels, Champion Poles, Champion Reining, Showmanship, and High Point Senior all at the Sullivan County Fair. At the Missouri State Fair, Blake won Champion Barrels, Champion Poles, and Champion Reining for the second year in a row.

Zack Banner was recognized at the State Fair for winning Grand Champion Pumpkin.

The trap shooting team began practicing as soon as school started. This year’s A-Team members were Marcus Glidewell , Ryan Smith, Michael Pipes, Blake Eitel, and Braydon Rardon. The B Team consisted of Brayden Cooper, Blayton Dibble, Greyson Smith, Darren Doporto, and Brady Sayre. The trap team shot at 3 local shoots before the Area III shoot where they placed second and then competed at the Northeast District Trap shoot placing 3rd shooting a 472 out of 500.

The annual worker auction was held in the fall, 40 members volunteered their time to benefit the chapter. This year’s worker auction brought in over $4,200 to help fund the chapter’s activities throughout the year.

The 93rd Annual National FFA Convention was held virtually and all members were able to participate in the convention. The chapter hosted a watch party in the evenings where members could listen to guest speakers and award winners in the ag shop. Members were treated to pizza and refreshments.

The chapter held its annual FFA Blood Drive on Wednesday, November 6th. We were thankful to have such a great turnout for this event with 44 people attempting to donate. This year we successfully collected 37 usable units which will each help save 111 people’s lives. We would once again like to thank the American Red Cross for all their help with this activity.

November also included the Milan C-2 FFA Veterans Day Assembly held virtually. Milan C-2 Elementary Choir also performed at the ceremony. This year the senior FFA officers took care of the speaking parts sharing their individual feelings and beliefs about Veterans Day, with the remainder of the officers completing the ceremony.

In November we had one member compete in the Missouri FFA Fall speaking competition. Janissa Martinez wrote and memorized a 6-8 minute speech over Diversity in Agriculture Education and competed at the Area level where she placed first and moved on to Districts.

In December, members began perfecting their record books to get a head start on filling out applications for State FFA Degree and proficiency awards. Several members applied for degrees and awards, but the chapter has yet to receive the results.

February 22nd -27th of 2021 is National FFA week. This year’s activities include: Sunday-Attending Milan First Baptist Church; Monday – Guest Speaker – Rachal Kagy, Tuesday-Pizza Party for lunch and students wear Blue and Gold; Wednesday- Official Dress Day and officers reading to the elementary; Thursday- Truck and Tractor Day, Farmer Dress Day; Friday- Teacher Appreciation Breakfast at school and FFA Apparel Day. Throughout the week members and officers will be participating in a canned food drive that supports our local food bank.

Throughout this past year our local FFA chapter has helped out the community in numerous ways; it is too hard to count them all. Our students have remained active in our organization, school, and community.

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2020-2021 FFA OFFICERS

PRESIDENT

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The 2020-2021 Milan FFA Chapter President is Brady S. Sayre. Brady is the 17-year-old son of Missy and Jarred Sayre. Brady’s SAE consists of beef ownership and beef placement. Brady also helps in the hayfield during the summer as well as at Sayre Equipment and Sullivan County Farm Supply. Brady’s favorite FFA activity would have to be the National FFA Convention. As a member, it was a fun experience to get out there and meet new people, as well as listening to wonderful speakers. Brady’s most memorable FFA moment was at the beginning of the school year during a chapter meeting, officers were announced and he made the team. When asked how he can make a difference in someone's life Brady said “I feel that my leadership skills can make a difference in someone's life whether it be in the Church, FFA, at school, or during sports. I try to stand up for what is right in life and help other people stand up for what they believe in.” Brady’s favorite quote is “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not discourage, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9.

1ST VICE-PRESIDENT

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The 2020-2021 Milan FFA 1st Vice President is Blake Eitel. Blake is the 17-year-old son of Paul and Deanna Eitel. Blake’s SAE consists of raising Red Angus cattle, Boer goats, showing market lambs, and showing horses at the local, state, and national levels. Blake works on the family farm through the summers in the hayfield, getting plenty of hours in the tractor. Blake also works for his family's local sale barn, North Missouri Livestock Auction. Blake's favorite FFA activity is contest season. Blake loves contest season because he gets to meet new people at all of the different events and he loves judging. Blake's most memorable FFA moment was going to state on the horse team with Clayton, Quinn, and Brett because they had a lot of fun together and became good friends. When asked how he could make a difference in someone else’s life, Blake said: “by helping them achieve their goals.” Blake's favorite quote is “We ride, never worry about the fall, I guess that's just the cowboys in us all.”

2ND VICE-PRESIDENT

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The 2020-2021 Milan FFA 2nd Vice President is Mallan Cole. Mallan is the 18-year-old son of Mark and Pete Cole. Mallan's is a senior and his SAE consists of swine production and swine placement. Mallan raises his own show pigs as well as working for the family swine operation raising, showing, and selling swine. Mallan's favorite FFA activity is showing swine at local and state fairs where he gets to be with his family and friends. His most memorable FFA moment was being able to compete at the State Convention on the Dairy Cattle team. When asked how he can make a difference in someone else’s life, Mallan said to always show people support, you never know when somebody just needs you to believe in them. Mallan's favorite quote is "you may face many defeats in life, but never let yourself be defeated." After high school, Mallan plans to attend college and pursue a career in education and coaching.

SECRETARY

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The 2020-2021 Milan FFA Chapter Secretary is Janissa Martinez. Janissa is the 16-year-old daughter of Eleuteria Cruz & Rodrigo Martinez of Milan. Janissa’s SAE consists of placement and food services. Janissa’s most memorable FFA moment is getting to attend the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis. Her favorite FFA activity is chapter barnwarming, where she enjoys playing games and interacting as a chapter. Janissa’s favorite quote is “Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall”. When asked how she can make a difference in someone’s life Janissa stated “The way I can make a difference in someone’s life is by interacting with them, being kind to someone can make someone’s day. Whether it’s at school, work, or on the street, a kind word or smile can go a long way for someone who is having a bad day.”

TREASURER

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The 2020-2021 Milan FFA Treasurer is Zack Banner. Zack is the 16-year-old son of Tennille and Rodney Banner of Milan. Zack’s SAE consists of mowing, growing pumpkins, and working at Richardsons Supermarket. Zack’s favorite FFA activity is attending the National FFA Convention in Indiana. His most memorable FFA moment is his knowledge team making it to state his freshman year. Zack’s favorite quote is “You have to be able to accept failure to get better” - Lebron James. When asked how he can make a difference in someone's life Zack responded “I can make a difference in someone's life by being a positive example for younger people as well as being someone they can look up to. Being somebody who people can go to if they are in need of advice or assistance is something I always try to do.”

REPORTER

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The 2020-2021 Milan FFA Chapter Reporter is Jocelyn Perez. Jocelyn is the 17-year-old daughter of Aurelia Cruz of Milan. Jocelyn’s SAE consists of poultry production, food services, and North Missouri Livestock Auction. Her favorite FFA activity is the hayride at chapter barnwarming. Jocelyn’s most memorable FFA moment was during her freshman year, where the conduct of the meetings team she was a part of placed first at their area competition. Her favorite quote is “No one ever made a difference by being like everyone else” - P.T. Barnum. When asked how she can make a difference in someone's life Jocelyn responded “ I can make a difference in someone's life by simply listening. There are often times where someone might seem angry or frustrated and I always try to be a person who they can talk to. By simply listening to someone's problems you can make someone feel comfortable and relaxed no matter how chaotic their life may be.

SENTINEL

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The 2020-2021 Milan FFA Chapter Sentinel is Marcos Lopez. Marcos is the 16 year old son of Theresa Carillo and Armando Alvarado. Marcos’s SAE consists of food services where he works at Richardsons Supermarket. Marcos' favorite FFA activity is attending the National FFA Activity because he gets to meet new people. His most memorable FFA moment was the bus ride to the National Convention because he got to know some of the people who would later become his best friends. When asked how he can make a difference in someone else’s life, Marcos responded that by being an older brother figure to others. Marco’s favorite quote is “Let me tell you this, the older you do get the more rules they’re gonna try to get you to follow. You just gotta keep livin’ man, L-I-V-I-N.”-Matthew McConaughey

PARLIAMENTARIAN

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The 2020-2021 Milan FFA Chapter Parliamentarian is Kasey Sallee. Kasey is the 18-year-old daughter of Melissa Kellison and Keith Sallee. Kasey is currently a Senior at Milan, and her SAE consists of equine ownership. Her favorite FFA activity is Area and Chapter barnwarming dances. Kasey’s most memorable FFA moment was when FFA members gathered in the upstairs classroom and learned how to do the two-step. Kasey’s favorite quote is “Don’t be afraid to go after what you want to be. But don’t be afraid to be willing to pay the price”-Lane Frost. When asked how she can make a difference in someone's life Kasey responded “There are several different ways to make a difference in someone’s life. It could be as simple as just saying hello to someone or even smiling at them. So I personally try to smile and say hello to everybody that I can”. After high school, Kasey plans to attend North Central Missouri College for 2 years, and then transfer to Northwest Missouri State University to major in Agriculture Education.

HISTORIAN

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The 2020-2021 Milan FFA Chapter Historian is Ashley Bahena. Ashley is the 17-year-old daughter of Wendy Nunez and Rey Bahena of Milan. Ashley’s favorite FFA activity is contest teams. Her most memorable FFA moment is when one she hasn't been able to do lately; she loves being together as a chapter and making memories, as well as reminding each other that they are a family. Ashley’s favorite quote is ‘’A day without laughter is a day wasted’’ - Charlie Chaplin. When asked how she can make a difference in someone's life Ashley said “There are many ways where I can attempt to make a difference in someone's life. Looking back at how many people made a difference in my life, I would love to make, if not everyone, at least one person feel like they are part of our family. I try to be not only a leader but a friend and help those that could be struggling with anything of a sort. I would make sure that this person feels welcome and accepted within not only our chapter but in general. There are little gestures that everyone could do that would be the outcome of making someone's day. I want to be able to have people know that no matter what the situation is the FFA and I will always have their back.”

CHAPLAIN

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The 2020-2021 Milan FFA Chapter Chaplain is Jose Vicente. Jose is the 17-year-old son of Patrocino and Carmen Vicente. Jose is currently a senior at Milan, and his SAE consists of vegetable production and beef ownership. His favorite FFA activity is contest season and FFA week. Jose’s most memorable FFA moment is going to Washington DC, and FFA camp because he got to meet people, and it was fun being there. Jose’s favorite quote is “It’s the one thing you can control. You are responsible for how people remember you—or don’t. So don’t take it lightly.”-Kobe Bryant. When asked how he can make a difference in someone's life he responded, “making a difference in someone’s life can be from complimenting someone and to making them smile. You can also be there when a person needs you the most for support”. After high school Jose plans to attend college, and study business management, and one day start his own business.

ADVISORS

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Mr. Jarred Sayre is an advisor of the Milan FFA Chapter for the 2020-2021 school year. Mr. Sayre is a Milan graduate of the class of 1992. He attended the University of Missouri in 1996 and graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Agriculture Education and the University of Missouri in 2001 with a Masters Degree in Career and Technical Education. His Favorite highschool memory was attending the Washington Leadership Conference. Mr. Sayre’s favorite advisor memory is having a State-winning Creed speaker on the stage and a second-place FFA Knowledge team on the stage at State FFA Convention or having 2 State Winning Proficiency Awards announced back to back in 2020. Mr. Sayre’s favorite quote is “You can have everything in life you want if you will just help other people get what they want.” Zig Ziglar.

Mrs. Cassie Cowles is an advisor of the Milan FFA Chapter for the 2020-2021 school year. Mrs. Cowles is a graduate of Kirksville High School, class of 2001. She attended Northwest Missouri State University to receive her Bachelors of Science in Agricultural Education in 2006 and William Woods University to receive her Masters in Administration in 2009. Her favorite high school memory was attending the Washington Leadership Conference as an incoming Sophomore and building lifelong friendships. Mrs. Cowles doesn’t have a favorite advisor memory, there are just too many to name. The countless number of students succeeding by taking the stage at State Convention on contest teams, state degrees, proficiencies, and of course her National Finalist in the Agriscience Fair. Mrs. Cowles' favorite quote is “Years from now when the faded ribbons are packed into boxes and the trophies are dusty on the shelves, you will pick up the memories, hold them close, and realize they are what really mattered.”

STUDENT TEACHER

Ms. Ally Buckallew is a student-teacher of the Milan FFA Chapter for the spring of 2021. Ms. Buckallew is a graduate of Winfield R-IV High School, class of 2017. She is currently attending the University of Missouri-Columbia to receive her Bachelors of Science in Agricultural Education. Her favorite high school memory was going on tours and spending hours on bus rides with my friends. Her favorite student teaching moment so far has been teaching one of the freshman classes how to line dance! Ms. Buckallews favorite quote is “Opportunity looks a lot like hard work.” – Ashton Kutcher

2020-2021 FFA ASSISTANT OFFICERS

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Assistant President

The 2020-2021 Milan FFA Chapter Assistant President is Greyson Smith. Greyson is the 15-year-old son of Stacy and Gingo Smith. Greyson’s SAE consists of mowing, construction, and working at Richardson’s Supermarket. His favorite FFA activity is Trap Shooting. Greyson’s most memorable FFA moment was when he was on the Conduct of Meetings Team his freshman year. When asked how he can make a difference in someone's life he said: “If you see someone down you can always bring them back up and just make their day better, it doesn't hurt to be nice”. Greyson’s favorite quote is “Life is like a baseball game when you think a fastball is coming you have to be ready to hit a curve”.

ASSISTANT VICE-PRESIDENT

The 2020-2021 Milan FFA Chapter Assistant Vice President is Garrett Mosley. Garrett is the 16-year-old son of Heather and Jeremy Mosley. Garrett’s SAE consists of swine placement, diversified livestock, diversified crops, and food services. Garrett’s favorite FFA activity is doing record books because he likes getting closer to his FFA goals and achievements. His most memorable FFA moment was winning the most involved male freshman. When asked how he could make a difference in someone's life Garrett said “I like to talk to people that are less fortunate and try to do as much as I can for them.” Garrett’s favorite quote is “I wake up everyday thinking, today can not be worse than yesterday”.

ASSISTANT SECRETARY

The 2020-2021 Milan FFA Chapter Assistant Secretary is Tiffany Lee. Tiffany is the 16-year-old daughter of Starla Milner and Jamie Lee. Tiffany’s SAE consists of chopping wood in the fall and winter. Her favorite FFA activities would be contest teams and public speaking, as last year she started on the dairy cattle team but ended up devoting all of her time to the Creed. Tiffany's most memorable moment in FFA would be going to the Area contest at Macon and every team or person that was giving a speech, qualified for districts. When they announced the placings and I got 2nd, I was so shocked because no one in my family is a public speaker and personally, I thought I couldn’t do it. When asked how she can make a difference in someone’s life, Tiffany said “Not only in my FFA career but my high school career I would like to reach out to upcoming generations and let them know that is perfectly normal not to fit in. I want them to learn the ethics of hard work and determination. You can't be afraid to try, if you fail, it's 100% ok. Everyone that is winning in life right now had to get over their fear of failing.” Tiffany's favorite quote is "When you are living the best version of yourself, you inspire others to live the best version of themselves.”-Steve Maraboli

ASSISTANT TREASURER

The 2020-2021 Milan FFA Chapter Assistant Treasurer is Allison Long. Allison is the 16-year-old daughter of Brian and Tanisha Long. Allison's SAE consists of vegetable gardening and livestock. Her favorite activity is during contest season where she is able to compete, and also meet new people. Allison’s most memorable FFA moment is getting to spend time with the other chapter members. When asked how she can make a difference in someone's life, Allison said “I can make a difference in someone's life by showing them how good life is. Through all the struggles life throws at you there's always a sunny day after a storm.” Allison’s favorite quote is “Every locked door has a key” By Marie Lu.

ASSISTANT REPORTER

The 2020-2021 Milan FFA Chapter Assistant Reporter is Kylee White. Kylee is the 16-year-old daughter of Cali Bachman and stepfather, Ernest Bachman. Kylee's SAE consists of food services at Richardson’s Supermarket and sheep production. Her favorite FFA activity is contest teams. Her most memorable FFA moment was Area Barnwarming because she is shy and was able to make new friends there. When asked how she can make a difference in someone’s life, Kylee said “be there for someone, and if you see that they are down try to bring them up and help through whatever has them down. You never fully know someone's life. Always be nice.” Kylee’s favorite quote is “You face many defeats in life but never let yourself be defeated”.- Maya Angelou

ASSISTANT HISTORIAN

The 2020-2021 Milan FFA Chapter Assistant Historian is Chandler Weisemen. Chandler is the 15-year-old son of Stacie and Kendall Weiseman of Milan. Chandler's SAE consists of mowing. His favorite FFA activity is contest teams, and his most memorable FFA moment was last year's barnwarming. When asked how he could make a difference in someone's life he said “I can make a difference in someone’s life by being there for them when they need someone to talk to.” Chandler’s favorite quote is “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing." -Walt Disney. 

8TH GRADE EXPLORING AG-HUNTERS EDUCATION

Mrs. Cowles 8th Grade Exploring AG Class recently studied, tested, and participated in the Missouri Department of Conservations Hunters Education course and skills sessions. Special thanks to Missouri Conservation agent Sean Ernst for your assistance in the skills session!

Exploring AG Hunters Education

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SAYRE RECEIVES GOLD RATING AT NATIONALS AGRICULTURE EDUCATION PROFICIENCY AWARD AREA

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Brett Sayre of Milan won the Missouri FFA Agricultural Education Proficiency Award In April and competed at the National level receiving a gold rating.

Sayre, a graduate of Milan C-2 Schools, is the son of Jarred and Missy Sayre. He is a member of the Milan FFA Chapter. His advisors are Jarred Sayre and Cassie Cowles.

Sayre’s supervised agricultural experience program involves tutoring for the A+ Cadet Teaching program for the Milan C-2 agricultural education classes. Sayre taught lessons in animal science, horse production, and entomology. In addition, he served as a group leader during an annual petting zoo and worked with third graders through Agriculture in the Classroom.

In FFA, Sayre served as chapter president. He competed at the state level in the parliamentary procedure, and horse evaluation and selection career development events. Sayre is a graduate of Helping Youth Maximize Agricultural eXperiences Academy and attended Washington Leadership Conference, National FFA Convention & Expo, and State FFA Leadership Camp.

In addition to FFA, Sayre was a member of the National Honor Society and participated in baseball and basketball. Outside of school, he is a member of the First Baptist Church and volunteers during Vacation Bible School.

Sayre is a student at the University of Missouri, Columbia, studying agricultural business management. After graduating, Sayre said he wants to pursue a career in agricultural business with an emphasis on animal science.

Proficiency awards recognize FFA members who excel as agriculture entrepreneurs, employees, or volunteers while gaining hands-on career experience. Agricultural Education is one of 46 proficiency award areas recognized at the state level. The James F Lincoln Arc Welding Foundation sponsored this national award.

The Missouri FFA has 25,945 members representing 348 chapters. The national organization has more than 700,000 members representing 8,612 chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education.

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LOCAL FFA MEMBERS AWARDED NATIONAL AMERICAN FFA DEGREE

INDIANAPOLIS (National FFA Organization) – Each year, the National FFA Organization honors FFA members who show the utmost dedication to the organization through their desire to develop their potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education.

The American FFA Degree is bestowed upon a select group of students in recognition of their years of academic and professional excellence. This year 4,136 American Degrees were awarded.

Quinn Doak, Courtney McCollum, Clayton Moore, members of the Milan FFA chapter in Milan Mo, was awarded the American FFA Degree at the 93rd National FFA Convention & Expo Oct. 27-29, held virtually.

Sponsored by Case IH, Elanco Animal Health, and Syngenta, the award recognizes demonstrated ability and outstanding achievements in agricultural business, production, processing, or service programs.

To be eligible, FFA members must have earned and productively invested $10,000 through a supervised agricultural experience (SAE) program in which they own their own business or hold a professional position as an employee. Recipients must also complete 50 hours of community service and demonstrate outstanding leadership abilities and civic involvement through the completion of a long list of FFA and community activities. Less than one percent of FFA members achieve the American FFA Degree.

Each recipient of the American FFA Degree receives a gold American FFA Degree key and certificate after being recognized at the national convention.

The National FFA Organization is a school-based national youth leadership development organization of more than 760,000 student members as part of 8,700 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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About National FFA OrganizationThe National FFA Organization is a school-based national youth leadership development organization of more than 760,000 student members as part of 8,700 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education. For more, visit the National FFA Organization online at FFA.org and on Facebook and Twitter.

About National FFA FoundationThe National FFA Foundation builds partnerships with industry, education, government, other foundations, and individuals to secure financial resources that recognize FFA member achievements, develop student leaders and support the future of agricultural education. A separately registered nonprofit organization, the foundation is governed by a board of trustees that includes the national FFA president, educators, business leaders, and individual donors. For more, visit FFA.org/Give.

MOORE IS NATIONAL PARTICIPANT IN FFA AGRICULTURAL MECHANICS DESIGN AND FABRICATION PROFICIENCY AWARD AREA

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Clayton Moore of Milan won the Missouri FFA Agricultural Mechanics Design and Fabrication Proficiency Award and was a national participant in this award area.

Moore, a graduate of Milan C-2 High School, is the son of Chet and Stephanie Moore. He is a member of the Milan FFA Chapter. His advisors are Jarred Sayre and Cassie Cowles.

Moore’s supervised agricultural experience program consists of an internship with the North Central Missouri Electric Cooperative (NCMEC). As a part of his internship, Moore was paired with experienced linemen to learn about energy delivery. Moore began building meter boxes and learned to set poles and check transformers. At the conclusion of his internship, Moore was offered a full-time position with the cooperative.

In FFA, Moore served as chapter president and an officer in the Area 3 Association. He competed in the state dairy cattle evaluation and livestock evaluation career development events receiving a Group I rating in both events. In 2019, Moore won the Missouri FFA Forage Production Proficiency Award and won both Grand Champion Steer and Grand Champion Heifer at a national livestock show. He attended Washington Leadership Conference, National FFA Convention & Expo, and Missouri FFA Convention.

In addition to FFA, Moore was a member of the Milan High School student council. He is a member of Linn County 4-H, Missouri Club Calf Association, and National Junior Angus Association. Moore is a member of the Milan Christian Church.

Moore plans to continue working with NCMEC. He is working on his required training to become a journeyman lineman. Moore said that after a few years he would like to start a show-cattle operation and purchase farm acreage.

Proficiency awards recognize FFA members who excel as agricultural entrepreneurs, employees, or volunteers while gaining hands-on career experience. Agricultural Mechanics Design and Fabrication one of 46 proficiency award areas recognized at the state level.

The Missouri FFA has 25,945 members representing 348 chapters. The national organization has more than 700,000 members representing 8,612 chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education.

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SAYRE IS STATE WINNER IN AGRICULTURE EDUCATION PROFICIENCY AWARD AREA

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., April 20, 2020 – Brett Sayre of Milan won the Missouri FFA Agricultural Education Proficiency Award.

Sayre, a graduate of Milan C-2 Schools, is the son of Jarred and Missy Sayre. He is a member of the Milan FFA Chapter. His advisors are Jarred Sayre and Cassie Cowles.

Sayre’s supervised agricultural experience program involves tutoring for the A+ Cadet Teaching program for the Milan C-2 agricultural education classes. Sayre taught lessons in animal science, horse production, and entomology. In addition, he served as a group leader during an annual petting zoo and worked with third graders through Agriculture in the Classroom.

In FFA, Sayre served as chapter president. He competed at the state level in the parliamentary procedure, and horse evaluation and selection career development events. Sayre is a graduate of Helping Youth Maximize Agricultural eXperiences Academy and attended Washington Leadership Conference, National FFA Convention & Expo, and State FFA Leadership Camp.

In addition to FFA, Sayre was a member of the National Honor Society and participated in baseball and basketball. Outside of school, he is a member of the First Baptist Church and volunteers during Vacation Bible School.

Sayre is a student at the University of Missouri, Columbia, studying agricultural business. After graduating, Sayre said he wants to pursue a career in agricultural business with an emphasis on animal science.

Proficiency awards recognize FFA members who excel as agriculture entrepreneurs, employees, or volunteers while gaining hands-on career experience. Agricultural Education is one of 46 proficiency award areas recognized at the state level. The Missouri Vocational Agriculture Teachers Association sponsored this award.

The Missouri FFA has 25,945 members representing 348 chapters. The national organization has more than 700,000 members representing 8,612 chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education.

MOORE IS STATE WINNER IN AGRICULTURAL MECHANICS DESIGN AND FABRICATION PROFICIENCY AWARD AREA

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., April 20, 2020 – Clayton Moore of Milan won the Missouri FFA Agricultural Mechanics Design and Fabrication Proficiency Award.

Moore, a graduate of Milan C-2 High School, is the son of Chet and Stephanie Moore. He is a member of the Milan FFA Chapter. His advisors are Jarred Sayre and Cassie Cowles.

Moore’s supervised agricultural experience program consists of an internship with the North Central Missouri Electric Cooperative (NCMEC). As a part of his internship, Moore was paired with experienced linemen to learn about energy delivery. Moore began building meter boxes and learned to set poles and check transformers. At the conclusion of his internship, Moore was offered a full-time position with the cooperative.

In FFA, Moore served as chapter president and an officer in the Area 3 Association. He competed in the state dairy cattle evaluation and livestock evaluation career development events receiving a Group I rating in both events. In 2019, Moore won the Missouri FFA Forage Production Proficiency Award and won both Grand Champion Steer and Grand Champion Heifer at a national livestock show. He attended Washington Leadership Conference, National FFA Convention & Expo, and the Missouri FFA Convention.

In addition to FFA, Moore was a member of the Milan High School student council. He is a member of Linn County 4-H, Missouri Club Calf Association and National Junior Angus Association. Moore is a member of the Milan Christian Church.

Moore plans to continue working with NCMEC. He is working on his required training to become a journeyman lineman. Moore said that after a few years he would like to start a show-cattle operation and purchase farm acreage.

Proficiency awards recognize FFA members who excel as agricultural entrepreneurs, employees, or volunteers while gaining hands-on career experience. Agricultural Mechanics Design and Fabrication one of 46 proficiency award areas recognized at the state level. Ahrens Steel and Welding Supply, Columbia, Missouri, sponsors this award.

The Missouri FFA has 25,945 members representing 348 chapters. The national organization has more than 700,000 members representing 8,612 chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education.

2020 STATE DEGREE PRESS RELEASE

LOCAL FFA MEMBERS RECEIVE THE STATE'S HIGHEST FFA HONOR

Savanna Linhart, Erin Richardson and Kaleb Weaverof Milan has received the State FFA Degree, the highest degree members can receive at the state level. The Milan FFA Chapter members are one of a record 988 degree recipients receiving the honor.

Prior to 2020, the number of recipients was limited to 3 percent of the Missouri FFA Association members. Now earning the degree is based on minimum specific qualifications. "Missouri FFA members have always considered earning the State FFA Degree an honor,” said Missouri FFA Association Advisor Leon Busdieker. “Instead of limiting the number of individuals eligible to earn the degree, the Missouri FFA Association has established a minimum set of qualifications, increasing the number of recipients. This gives students a more defined path to recognition."

Awarding of the degree is based on a member's supervised agricultural experience program in agribusiness or production agriculture, and leadership ability as demonstrated through involvement in FFA, school, and community activities.

The State FFA Degree award charms are sponsored by MFA Inc., Columbia.

The Missouri FFA has 25,945 members representing 348 chapters. The national organization has more than 700,000 members representing 8,612 chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education.