GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Florida FFA is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2015 Agricultural Proficiency Award program. Nearly 300 applicants from throughout Florida submitted applications for recognition within this program. The Agricultural Proficiency Award program rewards FFA members at the local, state and national levels for exceptional accomplishments and excellence in a Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) program. These supervised programs are planned, practical activities that are conducted outside of class time that help students develop and apply agricultural knowledge and skills learned inside the classroom in a real world environment.  These programs can include entrepreneurship, placement, or research and experimentation.

The winners will be announced on stage during the 5th (A-E) and 6th (F-Z) General Sessions of the 87th Florida FFA State Convention to be held June 29 – July 3, 2015 at the Caribe Royale Resort in Orlando. The finalists and their advisor should report to the holding room thirty minutes prior to the session in which they are to be recognized.

The Proficiency Award finalists, in alphabetical order by chapter are:

Agricultural Communications Durant Adrian Dyer
Agricultural Communications Lake Butler SR Savannah Woodall
Agricultural Communications Oakleaf William Donaghy
Agricultural Communications University (Volusia) Abby Marion
Agricultural Education Branford Tania Henderson
Agricultural Education Durant Adrian Dyer
Agricultural Education Robert Morgan Meaghan Senzig
Agricultural Education University (Volusia) Abby Marion
Agricultural Mechanics – Design & Fabrication Branford Chase Hawthorne
Agricultural Mechanics – Design & Fabrication Branford MS Brianna Lanier
Agricultural Mechanics – Design & Fabrication Kathleen Dallas Stillings
Agricultural Mechanics – Repair & Maintenance Leesburg SR Jeremy Odom
Agricultural Mechanics – Repair & Maintenance Williston SR Harrison Fox Love
Agricultural Sales Branford Jerrica Byrd
Agricultural Sales Creekside MS Emily Williams
Agricultural Sales Ferguson SR Alejandra Villabona
Agricultural Sales Lafayette SR Michaela Shaw
Agricultural Services Chiefland SR Quin Johnson
Agricultural Services Coral Reef JR Luis Vissepo
Agricultural Services Coral Reef SR Brenda Calderin
Agricultural Services DeLand SR Mason Bishop
Agriscience Research Bradford MS Emily Acevedo
Agriscience Research Coral Reef SR Taylor Barrocas
Agriscience Research Lake Butler SR Case H Emerson
Agriscience Research Matanzas Thomas H Rocco
Beef Production – Entrepreneurship Bronson Landon Marion Smith
Beef Production – Entrepreneurship Dixie SR Shelbi McCall
Beef Production – Entrepreneurship Kathleen SR Taeler Dupre
Beef Production – Entrepreneurship Williston JR Jerry Mills
Beef Production – Placement Bartow SR Reed Fussell
Beef Production – Placement Durant Jacob Burnette
Beef Production – Placement Frostproof SR Moriah McCullers
Beef Production – Placement Plant City SR Anna Conrad
Dairy Production Branford Tania Henderson
Dairy Production Riverview Jr Aaron James Dunn
Dairy Production South Sumter MS Jozef Heijkoop
Dairy Production Suwannee SR Ryan Brantley
Diversified Agricultural Production Branford Jonathan Gaylard
Diversified Agricultural Production Brooksville SR Colson Cannon
Diversified Agricultural Production Chiefland SR Harold Tillis
Diversified Agricultural Production Suwannee SR Caleb Land
Diversified Crop Production Branford Christopher Owen
Diversified Crop Production Branford Allison Randell
Diversified Crop Production Hardee SR Kole Ethan Robertson
Diversified Crop Production Sneads Don Young Dowling
Diversified Horticulture Branford Trey White
Diversified Horticulture Coral Reef SR Stacey Rubi
Diversified Horticulture Leesburg SR Hunter LoRusso
Diversified Horticulture Leesburg SR Loren Spillane
Diversified Livestock Production DeLand SR Brandon Michael Oliver
Diversified Livestock Production Dixie SR Shelbi McCall
Diversified Livestock Production South Sumter SR Matthew Hall
Diversified Livestock Production Williston JR Lindsey Wilder
Emerging Agricultural Technology Branford Christopher Young
Emerging Agricultural Technology Ferguson SR Brandy Pena
Emerging Agricultural Technology Ferguson SR Lillian Rose Rodicio
Environmental Science & Natural Res. Mgmt. Blountstown James Patrick Leonard
Environmental Science & Natural Res. Mgmt. Coral Reef JR Kenneth Currier
Environmental Science & Natural Res. Mgmt. Coral Reef SR Aliya Moktadier
Environmental Science & Natural Res. Mgmt. East Bay SR Alexander Abbott
Equine Science – Entrepreneurship Bartow SR Amber Cooper
Equine Science – Entrepreneurship Chiefland SR Whitney Mills
Equine Science – Entrepreneurship Lake Butler SR Ashley Diane O’Steen
Equine Science – Entrepreneurship Lake Butler SR Kelsey M Thornton
Equine Science – Placement Ferguson SR Isel Rodriguez
Equine Science – Placement Sneads Donovan Cole Hamilton
Equine Science – Placement Suwannee SR Brandi N Taylor
Equine Science – Placement Tate Sr. (JM) Rachel Joy Grammer
Fiber and/or Oil Crop Production Branford Allison Randell
Fiber and/or Oil Crop Production Madison Co. HS Eli Nathan Curl
Fiber and/or Oil Crop Production Madison Co. HS William Henry Terry
Fiber and/or Oil Crop Production Williston JR Jerry Mills
Forage Production Branford Jonathan Gaylard
Forage Production Branford Allison Randell
Forage Production Branford Christopher Young
Forage Production Williston JR Jerry Mills
Forest Management & Products Branford Chelsey Jackson
Forest Management & Products Chiefland SR Whitney Mills
Forest Management & Products South Lake Sr Kyle Everett Garner
Forest Management & Products Trenton SR Colton Rucker
Fruit and/or Vegetable Production Branford Arica Land
Fruit and/or Vegetable Production Chiefland SR Harold Tillis
Fruit and/or Vegetable Production Kathleen Cody Clark
Fruit and/or Vegetable Production Suwannee SR Caleb Land
Goat Production Bradford MS Emily Acevedo
Goat Production Bunnell SR Austin Davis
Goat Production Ferguson SR Lorena Isabel Barros
Goat Production Williston SR Machaela M Stover
Home and/or Community Development Oakleaf William Donaghy
Home and/or Community Development Palatka Avery Brooks
Home and/or Community Development University (Volusia) Abby Marion
Landscape Management Creekside MS Ashleigh Roy
Landscape Management Durant Ethan Fernandez
Landscape Management Leesburg SR Hunter LoRusso
Landscape Management Leesburg SR Jeremy Odom
Nursery Operations Bartow SR Kathryn Locke
Nursery Operations Durant Michael Whatley
Nursery Operations Lake Butler SR Case H Emerson
Nursery Operations South Sumter SR William Jameson
Outdoor Recreation Branford Christopher Young
Outdoor Recreation Oakleaf William Donaghy
Outdoor Recreation Seminole Vo-Ed Catherine Hashem
Outdoor Recreation Suwannee SR Darrah Lane
Poultry Production Chiefland SR Whitney Mills
Poultry Production Ferguson SR Wanda Ayala
Poultry Production Ferguson SR Sebastian Betancourt
Poultry Production Leesburg SR Jeremy Odom
Sheep Production Durant Aubrey Davis
Sheep Production Frostproof SR Daniel Wells
Sheep Production Frostproof SR Jonathan Nyle Wells
Sheep Production New Smyrna Beach SR Ustina Guirguis
Small Animal Production & Care Grand Ridge Elizabeth Rose Halling
Small Animal Production & Care Kathleen SR Zackary Zellman
Small Animal Production & Care Leesburg SR Jeremy Odom
Small Animal Production & Care Trenton SR Cody Norton
Specialty Animal Production Ft. White SR Austin Mattox
Specialty Animal Production Ft. White SR Steven O’Quinn
Specialty Animal Production Kathleen SR Melissa Shipley
Specialty Animal Production Trenton SR Joshua Harrison
Swine Production Baker County SR Corley Sweat
Swine Production Bradford SR Hailey Elizabeth McElhenny
Swine Production DeLand SR Haley Starke
Swine Production Lake Butler SR Noah Wright
Turfgrass Management Leesburg SR Hunter LoRusso
Veterinary Science Bronson Naomi Nicole Sloan
Veterinary Science Ferguson SR Andrea Delmar Pernia
Veterinary Science Ferguson SR Lillian Rose Rodicio
Veterinary Science Ferguson SR Daniela Velasquez-Lave
Wildlife Management Blountstown James Patrick Leonard
Wildlife Management Dixie SR Shelbi McCall
Wildlife Management South Lake Sr Kyle Everett Garner
Wildlife Management South Lake Sr Matthew Carl Staples

ABOUT THE FLORIDA FFA STATE CONVENTION & EXPO

The annual state convention and expo is truly a week that “absolutely everybody” should experience.  For 87 years, FFA members have come together to celebrate the achievements won by the past and present generations of agriculturalists, while continuing to develop their potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success.  Honoring the past and present, FFA members, along with advisors, alumni parents and supporters will be inspired to take pride in our industry, serve our communities, and lead our organization into a new era of agriculture.

ABOUT THE FLORIDA FFA ASSOCIATION

The Florida FFA Association is a premier youth, leadership organization with over 17,000 middle and high school student members – as part of over 300 local FFA chapters across the state. FFA members participate in nearly 50 leadership and career development events each year. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education.

The Florida FFA Association is a resource and support organization that does not select, control, supervise or approve local chapter or individual member activities except as expressly provided for in the Florida FFA Association Constitution and Bylaws.

The Florida FFA Association affirms its belief in the value of all human beings and seeks diversity in its membership, leadership and staff as an equal opportunity employer.

THE AGRICULTURAL EDUCATION MISSION

Agricultural education prepares students for successful careers and a lifetime of informed choices in the global agriculture, food, fiber and natural resource systems.

THE FFA MISSION

FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.

For more information about Florida FFA and agricultural education, visit floridaffa.org.

Florida FFA sincerely thanks the Florida Strawberry Growers Association, this year’s convention & expo media room sponsor, for their continued support of Florida FFA and agricultural education.

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