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North Stanly student wins state FFA award

A local FFA member took top honors recently at the North Carolina FFA State Convention for developing a supervised agricultural experience in Fiber and Oil Crop Production – Entrepreneurship/Placement.

Tanner Carrick, from Albemarle and a member of the North Stanly High School FFA, was named the North Carolina FFA winner in Fiber and Oil Crop Production-Entrepreneurship/Placement and is now eligible to compete for national honors.

North Carolina FFA and Bunge North America provide financial support for the FFA members competing in the Fiber and Oil Crop Production-Entrepreneurship/Placement proficiency area as a special project of the National FFA Foundation and National FFA Organization.

Carrick was also awarded third place for his supervised agricultural experience in the area of Beef Production-Placement at state competition.

Carrick has served as president of the North Stanly FFA chapter for the past two years.

The supervised agricultural experience is one of three integrated parts of agricultural education alongside classroom instruction and FFA activities designed to improve FFA members’ skills for future careers.

SAE projects can be entered in two categories, placement and entrepreneurship. Descriptions of each proficiency award area are available at FFA.org/proficiency.

The winning application will be judged against winners from other states to determine four national finalists who will compete at the 91st National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis in October.

The national winner, announced during an on-stage award ceremony, will earn a $1,000 award and a commemorative plaque.

The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 653,359 student members who belong to one of 8,568 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The organization is also supported by 344,239 alumni members in 2,051 alumni chapters throughout the U.S.