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Learning, Doing, Earning, and Serving

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Published on: Oct. 2, 2008

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Ethan Tate

Brunswick FFA Chapter

Forest Management and Products Proficiency —State Award Winner

Ethan began working at Johnson’s Christmas Tree Farm in Triplett the summer prior to his eighth-grade year. At the farm, his duties included cutting, trimming, painting, drilling, shaking and netting trees. He also spent time driving tractors and mowing. But most importantly, says Ethan, working at the farm taught him a lot about the forest industry.

Ethan became interested in FFA because his brother had joined and recommended it. “He told me about all the opportunities available, so I checked it out. I felt like it suited me.” It apparently did, as he became his chapter’s vice-president.

While balancing schoolwork with FFA commitments can be challenging at times, Ethan says the skills he learns help him in the classroom as well. He has had to improve his math and science abilities to be competitive in the program. “But I like having to know this stuff,” says Ethan, “and that I need to participate and push myself.” He also enjoys the variety of activities and competitions that are available to him. Last year, he participated on his chapter’s Soils Team.

Over the summer, Ethan worked at the Land Learning Foundation in Triplett, an organization dedicated to maintaining habitat and outdoor sporting opportunities. Now in his junior year, he is looking forward to more challenges through FFA, and of his experience so far he says, “I’m having an awesome time.”

Hannah Boyer

Slater FFA Chapter

Outdoor Recreation Proficiency—State Award Winner

Since the summer of 2005, Hannah has been working in outdoor recreation at Arrow Rock State Historic Site. Her duties have included coordinating nature and historical programs for children and adults, creating advertising materials and participating in demonstrations on subjects ranging from flint knapping to bugs and butterflies.

In addition to her work at Arrow Rock, Hannah was president of her FFA chapter, and has also served as area reporter and competed on meats judging, soils and farm management teams.

Although she grew up in a farming family, Hannah says, “I never realized how big a role agriculture played in everything until I joined FFA.”

Though she plans to major in psychology when she enters college this fall, Hannah says, “I wouldn’t take back being involved with FFA for anything. I’ve gained good learning and life skills, and that applies to just about everything. Also, the competitiveness of the program meant I really had to have my stuff together

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