SHELBY BARGER TAKES 2ND IN PROFICIENCY – Shelby Barger of the El Dorado Springs FFA Chapter accepts the second-place Missouri FFA Diversified Proficiency Award at the 86th Missouri FFA Convention, April 24, in Columbia. Pictured with her is advisor Brett Neil.
Shelby Barger received the second-place Missouri FFA Diversified Horticulture Entrepreneurship and Placement Combined Proficiency Award at the 86th Missouri FFA Convention.
Barger, a junior at El Dorado Springs R-II High School, is the daughter of Shelly and Michael Barger. She is a member of the El Dorado Springs FFA Chapter. Her advisors are Courtney Poirot and Brett Neil.
Barger’s supervised agricultural experience program consists of working at Rovenstine Greenhouse. She started out watering plants and progressed to potting plants. She designs live floral arrangements and lays out the greenhouse to be visually pleasant.
Barger said she has learned which plants need more water and which ones need shade, partial sun or full sun.
In order to learn more about insect pest management, Barger last year joined the entomology team. This year she is on the nursery landscaping team in order to learn more about trees, shrubs and landscape design.
As an FFA member, Barger has attended state and national FFA conventions, LEAD Conference, area banquet and area barnwarming.
In addition to FFA, Barger participates in National Honor Society, tech club, dance team and foreign language club. She is the captain of her softball team and was the junior class secretary.
Barger is a member of the Union Hall 4-H Club and is a member of the Hazel Dell Missionary Baptist Church.
Proficiency awards recognize FFA members who excel as agricultural entrepreneurs, employees or volunteers while gaining hands-on career experience. Diversified Horticulture is one of 50 proficiency award areas recognized at the state level. Northwest Missouri State University Agriculture Department sponsors this award.
The El Dorado Springs FFA Chapter brought home a load of medals and a state vice president from the 2014 State FFA Convention in Columbia last week.
Here are how the teams and individuals placed in the various contests:
Ag Mechanics Team 11 th.
Nursery and Landscaping Team 10th – Top 20 individuals – Shelby Barger 17th.
Entomology Team 10 th.
Floriculture Team 5th – Top 20 individuals – Andrea Nickodim 13th and Sandra May 18th.
Parliamentary Procedure Team 5th.
Meats Judging Team 3rd – Top 20 indivudals – Dennis Floyd 4th, Claire Silvers 11th and Morgan Sumner 18th.
Shelby Barger took 2nd in Diversified Horticulture and Wyatt Greenstreet was a finalist in Specialty Crop Production.
State Degrees went to Makensi Marshall, Sandra May, Wyatt Greenstreet, Dennis Floyd, Makenzie Schwalm, Chandler Allison and Claire Silvers.
Claire Silvers was elected Area 9 State Vice President.