Mar 14, 2014 - From staff reportsCHEYENNE --Agriculture savvy, time management, organization, record-keeping and an outstanding work ethic are just a few of the characteristics all of the Wyoming FFA 2014 Regional Stars Award recipients have in common. The winners were selected earlier in March by the Wyoming FFA Association.
Each year, the Wyoming FFA recognizes its outstanding young agriculturalists with the Regional Star Awards. The winners then vie for the Wyoming FFA's top awards: State Star Farmer, State Star in Agribusiness and State Star in Agricultural Placement.
The 2014 Regional Star Award winners include Regional Star Farmer Jess C. Oldham, of Lander, and Regional Star in Agri-Placement Brace Pingetzer, of Shoshoni.
Oldham began showing in a "booster" lamb class at a young age at his county fair. His diversified supervised agricultural experience includes breeding and market beef and sheep, market swine and horses. Oldham markets many of his animals as show stock and sells them in other states. He said he has learned about animal safety and behavior and how to negotiate, trade and do business on a professional level through his supervised agricultural experience.
He plans to attend college and has hopes of either becoming a veterinarian or a medical doctor.
For the last three years, Pingetzer has worked for Pingetzer Farms and Bovagene Angus Herd where he works to plant, plow, irrigate fields and cut and bale hay. He also learned all aspects of working with cattle. Pingetzer has recorded more than 7,200 hours of placement in these areas.
Pingetzer plans to earn a master's degree in agricultural business and minor in veterinary science and agriculture economics.
"These students are selected each year from the pool of State FFA Degree recipients," said state FFA adviser Stacy Broda. "They have excelled in their supervised agricultural experience, demonstrated outstanding management skills and met other leadership and scholastic requirements."
When students enroll in agriculture education and FFA, they select a hands-on program of work, known as a supervised agriculture experience program. These programs help solidify concepts learned in the classroom or through FFA experiences, and incorporate the student's individual interests and goals.
In January, the Wyoming State FFA Officers conducted project visits in each applicant's hometown, asking questions about the applicant's SAE, FFA involvement and leadership skills. The officers then reviewed the paper applications in February before selecting the regional star recipients from 188 students who applied.
Each finalist receives $100 from the Wyoming FFA Foundation. The state stars receive $500 from the National FFA Foundation. The state stars will be announced April 8 at the Wyoming State FFA Convention in Cheyenne.
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