West Holmes FFA Members Earn National Recognition

By Audrey Ivers, West Holmes FFA Chapter Reporter

Aaron Clark- National Proficiency Finalist

Aaron is the son of Chris and Julie Clark and has worked at Loder Farms in Millersburg for four years. Aaron was named the winner of the Diversified Agriculture Production Placement for Ohio back in May. Throughout this summer, Aaron has been competing and made it to the finals at the National level. With this title Aaron is in the top four of the Diversified Agriculture Production across the United States. Aaron’s hard work and dedication for working at Loder Farms and Kick Farms has finally paid off. Aaron did work such as milking cows, working in the fields, scraping barns and feeding calves. Aaron will be on stage in Indianapolis in October. There will be 196 members recognized in 47 different proficiency areas out of over 500,000 members Nationwide. Aaron is currently a sophomore at the OSU ATI where he is studying Agronomy for two years, and plans on transferring to the OSU Main Campus for Crop Science. “It feels great to be chosen as one of the best in the nation and to be in a select group of finalist is a great honor!” said Clark. Good Luck Aaron!

Travis Campbell- GOLD Rating on Proficiency

Travis is the son of Charles Wines and Doreena Campbell. Travis was the winner of the Outdoor Recreation Proficiency for working at Faith Ranch in Cadic. At Faith Ranch, Travis did numerous jobs such as feeding, teaching kids how to ride horses, and teaching kids to grow into their faith. Travis won the Outdoor Recreation Proficiency in May. Travis competed at the National level this summer. Travis received a Gold Rating on his Outdoor Recreation Proficiency. Travis is attending the University of Findlay, for a Pre-Veterinary degree. “Whenever I found out I got a Gold rating on my Proficiency, I was ecstatic to know that I was capable of that,” said Campbell. Good Job Travis!

Garrett O’Donnell and Aaron Clark- To Get American Degrees

Garrett is the son of Mark and Denise O’Donnell; and Aaron Clark is the son of Chris and Julie Clark. The American Degree is the highest an FFA member can obtain. Garrett and Aaron will be receiving their American Degrees at Indianapolis in October. Garrett’s hard work and dedication was shown at Rhodes IGA Marketplace and O’Donnell’s Goat Farm. Aaron’s hard work was shown at Loader Farms and Kick Farms. In order to get your American Degree there are many things that you need to accomplish; first you need to have had your Greenhand, Chapter, and State Degrees, then you must have been an FFA member for three years, then have completed at least three years (540 hours) of high school agriculture classes, or 2 years of high school agriculture class and one year of college agriculture classes (360 hours), the individuals much maintain detailed SAE records, which demonstrate outstanding planning, managerial and financial skills, they must have earned and productively invested at least $7,500, or have earned and productively invested at least $1,500 and worked 2,250 hours beyond scheduled school hours through their SAEs, and have a record of outstanding leadership skills. We would like to congratulate both Garrett and Aaron for their hard work and dedication to the FFA chapter!

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