Watkins of Northwest Technical School FFA Chapter named Area 1 Star in Agribusiness
SEDALIA, Mo., May 1, 2021 — The Missouri FFA Association recognized Keiren Watkins of the Northwest Technical School FFA Chapter as the Area 1 Star in Agribusiness and one of four finalists at the 93rd Missouri FFA Convention. His parents are Brad and Veronica Watkins of Maryville. His advisors are Jeremy Lacy and Dillon Stiens.
Area Stars in Agribusiness are selected based upon outstanding achievement in work experience in an agricultural business as part of a student’s supervised agricultural experience program and active participation in FFA. Area 1 includes 29 chapters in the Northwest District.
MFA Inc., Columbia, sponsors the 16 area Star in Agribusiness awards as well as the State Star in Agribusiness Award.
Watkin’s SAE includes a roadside peach stand, which he started his freshman year. He buys peaches from Peters Orchard Retail Market, Waverly, at wholesale prices. He brings them back to sort, package and sell.
Watkins currently serves as chapter secretary. He participated at state in the soils career development event, and received a Group I individual rating. He attended State FFA Leadership Camp, where he received his state leadership medal.
In addition to FFA, Watkins is a member of the National Technical Honor Society, and serves as president of the NTS SkillsUSA. He participates in wrestling, cheerleading and varsity football.
After graduating high school, Watkin’s plans include attending Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville, to study agricultural science and agricultural business. Watkin said he would like to work in agricultural business and continue working on the family farm.
The Missouri FFA has 25,662 members representing 351 chapters. The national organization has more than 760,000 members representing 8,739 chapters in all 50 states and Puerto Rico.
The 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.
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