LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014/87th National FFA Convention & Expo) – Jessica Woodworth was named the 2014 American Star in Agricultural Placement today during the eighth general session of the National FFA Convention & Expo.
The Mineral County FFA Chapter member from Keyser, W.Va., is the daughter of Richard and Margaret Woodworth. Her advisors are Charles Bennett, John Richie, Julie Sions and Carol Webb.
As a fifth-generation farmer, she helps her family produce swine and cattle as well as fresh produce at their farms, Flying W and MJW.
“As I entered high school, I was gradually given more responsibilities,” she said. “Over the past four years, I have been involved with marketing strategies, customer satisfaction, training new employees and managing the store when my employer cannot be there.”
Woodworth said she has learned how to successfully run a business and communicate with customers. As an animal sciences and industry student at Kansas State University, Woodworth plans to obtain a degree in veterinarian medicine and focus her practice on large animals.
“Based on my experiences in my supervised agricultural experience and helping run a business, I plan to operate my own veterinary practice,” she said.
Each year at the National FFA Convention & Expo, four FFA members are honored with an American Star award for outstanding accomplishments in FFA and agricultural education. The award is the most prestigious honor awarded to a student by the National FFA Organization.
The American Star awards, including the American Star Farmer, American Star in Agribusiness, American Star in Agricultural Placement and American Star in Agriscience, are awarded to FFA members who demonstrate outstanding agricultural skills and competencies through completion of an SAE program. A required activity in FFA, an SAE allows students to learn by doing by either owning and operating an agricultural business, working or serving an internship at an agriculture-based business or conducting an agriculture-based scientific experiment and reporting results.
Other requirements to achieve the award include demonstrating top management skills; completing key agricultural education, scholastic and leadership requirements; and earning an American FFA Degree, the organization’s highest level of student accomplishment.
Sixteen American Star award finalists from throughout the United States are nominated for a panel of judges to interview during the convention and expo. Four are named winners and receive cash awards totaling $4,000. All American Star finalists receive a $2,000 cash award. The Stars Over America are sponsored by ADM Crop Risk Services, Case IH, DuPont Pioneer, Elanco, Farm Credit and Syngenta, as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.
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