Brian Hills Wins National FFA Proficiency Award
Hills Also Wins Costa Rica Trip
Brian Hills, a member of the Tri-Point FFA Chapter, won a national FFA proficiency award on Friday, October 25, 2008 at the National FFA Convention held in Indianapolis, Indiana. Hills was competing in the area of Diversified Agricultural Production and has projects in corn, soybeans, wheat, swine and beef. The award is sponsored by Delta Consolidated- A Danaher Company, and the National FFA Foundation. Hills won a plaque and $500 for being a national finalist, and an additional $500 for being named the national winner.
Hills began the process by winning section, district and state levels of the proficiency awards last winter and spring. Each state winner submitted an application to the national level competition. At the national level, the applications were evaluated and the top four were selected to be national finalists. The four national finalists then competed during the week of national convention vying for national winner honors. Hills is the first Tri-Point FFA member ever to earn this prestigious award.
Hills’ advisor, Mrs. Diana Loschen, had this to say about the win. “I am so very proud of Brian and all he has accomplished. We did a lot of planning and strategizing in working toward this award, and it definitely has paid off! It is such a combination of traits required to win an award of this magnitude and Brian exemplifies all of them.”
As a national finalist, Hills was also eligible to compete for an awards tour to Costa Rica. Brian also won that honor, and will travel for the 10 day tour during June. As his advisor, Loschen also earned the honor of attending the awards tour to Costa Rica.
The National FFA Organization, formerly known as the Future Farmers of America,
is a national youth organization of 507,763 student members – all preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture – as part of 7,439 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The National FFA Organization changed to its present name in 1988, in recognition of the growth and diversity of agriculture and agricultural education. 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. Visit www.ffa.org for more information.