The highest honor a member can achieve, the American Star Awards are presented to FFA members who demonstrate outstanding agriculture skills and competencies through the completion of a supervised agricultural experience (SAE). We asked the 2019 Stars for their advice on creating and maintaining a successful SAE.
“The biggest thing is that you can never have enough education. FFA really just emphasizes that you can never know too much about the industry.” Andrew Streff, McCook Central FFA, Salem, S.D., 2019 American Star in Agricultural Placement
“Whatever you research, you have to have a passion for it. Be prepared. Take good notes. Every single day, write down what you did and what you found.” Courtney Cameron, Lowndes FFA,Valdosta, Ga., 2019 American Star in Agriscience
“Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Go to everybody. Talk to your ag teachers and let them know you want to do something. They’re always willing to help.” Willis Wolf, Merced–El Capitan FFA, Merced, Calif., 2019 American Star Farmer
“Whatever you want to do, do it 110 percent. Give it your all and seek advice. Go to the ag teachers and align with them and get sup- port from them. Reach out to your family and friends to set goals that you can abide by.” Blake Kennedy, Tecumseh FFA, Tecumseh, Okla., 2019 American Star in Agribusiness
Visit SAEForAll.org to download SAE Idea Cards, watch video recaps of successful SAEs and more.