GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The Florida FFA Association selected four student members as finalists for the highly coveted State Star in Agricultural Placement, within the “Stars of Florida” award recognition program. This program symbolizes the highest competitive recognition for FFA members and their Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) program(s). Finalist shared their SAE’s virtually and a winner was named.
The Florida FFA Association is pleased to announce the 2020 State Star in Agricultural Placement is:
Aubrey Pearce, Okeechobee Brahman
Aubrey Pearce’s Beef Placement SAE sprouted from her interest in animal production agriculture. Since before she zipped up the blue jacket, she has helped work cattle at family ranches. Pearce says, “My father, has been the driving force behind my placement SAE. He has always taken me to work and taught me how to safely handle cattle, build fence, drive a tractor, and market cattle.” In 2018, she increased her capabilities through my Beef Quality Assurance certification training. She learned proper vaccination, castration, branding, general processing and record keeping techniques that she has been able to implement on the ranches, as she is the only BQA certified employee. She has recently been promoted from a ranch hand to the BQA manager of Pearce Cattle Company, to oversee safe cattle handling and animal welfare. Pearce says, “The valuable skills that I have acquired over the past decade are the foundation of my future agricultural goals of owning a large-scale beef cattle operation.” She is a member of the Okeechobee Brahman FFA Chapter and her advisors are Jared Prescott, Clinton Thompson and Brian Dryden. Congratulations Aubrey on being named the 2020 State Star in Agricultural Placement!
ABOUT THE FLORIDA FFA CELEBRATION
Extraordinary times lead extraordinary people to do extraordinary things. This summer, thousands of FFA members, advisors, administrators, alumni, parents and industry partners will gather online in a new, exciting, and innovative experience to celebrate another record-breaking year. More than ever, our viewers will be inspired and motivated to take pride in our industry, serve our communities, and become leaders of the next generation.
During the celebration, FFA members and guests will experience motivational speakers and award presentations while virtually meeting Florida FFA’s outstanding officers, members, and supporters.
ABOUT THE FLORIDA FFA ASSOCIATION
The Florida FFA Association is a premier youth, leadership organization with nearly 30,000 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.