An American Star Award is the most prestigious award a member can receive. Award winners have several things in common, including exceptional involvement in both their chapters and communities, but it’s their impressive supervised agricultural experiences (SAEs) that set them apart from their peers.
The 2020 American Star Award winners share their tips for developing and maintaining a successful SAE.
“Finding something you like to do is important, but you’re even more likely to be successful with an SAE if you can identify what you’re passionate about.”
– Cole Ketterling, 2020 American Star Farmer
“Ask yourself if your project is meeting a need in your community and if it’s something people might be willing to pay for. If the answer is yes, you have a financial incentive to stick with your SAE; that can be very powerful.”
– Blake Kirchoff, 2020 American Star in Agribusiness
“No matter which SAE you choose, you’ll only get as much out of it as you put in, so it’s important to have a strong work ethic and stay dedicated.”
– Will Shelby, 2020 American Star in Agricultural Placement
“Get out of your comfort zone with your SAE, and don’t be afraid to dig into something you’ve never tried before.”
– Nicole Stevens, 2020 American Star in Agriscience
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