Dennis of Mount Vernon FFA Chapter named Area 11 Star in Agribusiness

Dennis of Mount Vernon FFA Chapter named Area 11 Star in Agribusiness


Joyce Cutright: 417-880-2625
Jeremy Whistance: 573-268-0009

SEDALIA, Mo., May 1, 2021 — The Missouri FFA Association recognized Payton Mackenzie Dennis of the Mount Vernon FFA Chapter as the Area 11 Star in Agribusiness and one of four finalists at the 93rd Missouri FFA Convention. Her parents are James and Pamela Dennis of Mount Vernon. Her advisors are Steven Prewitt and Jay Shepherd.

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 11 includes 16 chapters in the Southwest District.

MFA Inc., Columbia, sponsors the 16 area Star in Agribusiness awards as well as the State Star in Agribusiness Award.

Dennis’s SAE involves her family’s Halal meat business, Morning Sun Farms, Mountain Grove. Payton began her SAE working for her grandfather’s Halal meat business. Now, Dennis is one-third owner of the business, and helps market and sell products. She sells Halal products to the Muslim population; travels to surrounding communities; and visits businesses, mosques and colleges. She also attends four different farmers markets in surrounding areas.

Dennis currently serves as chapter president and area parliamentarian, and previously served as chapter program of activities chair and vice president. She participated in conduct of chapter meetings and Division II prepared public speaking leadership development events. She also participated in the Missouri Soil and Water Association FFA Prepared Public Speaking Contest and Missouri Sheep Producers FFA Speaking Contest, and won the Missouri Pet Breeders Association Fall Speaking Contest. Dennis attended the Washington Leadership Conference and State FFA Leadership Camp.

In addition to FFA, Dennis is a member of Family Career and Community Leaders of America, Interact Club and National Honor Society. She participates in track and field, and dance team.

After graduating high school, Dennis’s plans include attending Crowder College, Neosho, and Missouri State University, Springfield, to study agricultural business.

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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