Firman of Boonville FFA Chapter named Area 6 Star in Agriscience
SEDALIA, Mo., May 1, 2021 – The Missouri FFA Association recognized Marina Firman of the Boonville FFA Chapter as Area 6 Star in Agriscience at the 93rd Missouri FFA Convention. Her parents are Jeffrey and Diane Firman of Boonville. Her advisors are Doug Henke and Deanna Thies.
Area Stars in Agriscience are selected based upon outstanding achievement in agriscience as part of a student’s supervised agricultural experience program and active participation in FFA. Area 6 includes 19 chapters in the Central District.
MFA Inc., Columbia, sponsors the 16 area Star in Agriscience awards and the State Star in Agriscience Award.
Firman’s SAE includes two poultry experiments, raising sheep and poultry, and employment at Firman Farms, Dirty Hairy’s, and McDonald’s. Her first experiment searched for which additives intensified egg-yolk color. She mixed standard feed with either paprika, marigold petals, or alfalfa, and fed the separate mixes to four groups of four Hy-Line Brown hens. Firman collected the eggs from the groups and measured the yolk color with a DSM Yolk Color Fan. She found that marigold petals made yolks more yellow and paprika made yolks more golden. In Firman’s second experiment, she hypothesized if chickens were fed a higher-protein diet, they would gain more weight. She made two groups of 52 Cornish Cross hens and weighted them. Firman fed one group a low-protein diet and the other a high-protein diet. After the groups were weighed again, she found only a slight increase in weight on a high-protein diet. Firman raises and exhibits Finnsheep and Katahdin sheep, and Wyandotte, Silkie, and Sex-link chickens. At Firman Farms, she is responsible for checking chicks, mixing feed and entering data. While working at Dirty Hairy’s, a dog grooming and boarding facility, she cleans, does clerical work and trains new boarding assistants. At McDonald’s, Firman takes orders and payments; makes drinks, ice cream, and fries; and delivers food.
Firman served as chapter treasurer, 2nd vice president and 3rd vice president. She participated at state in agricultural issues forum and FFA knowledge leadership development events, and floriculture and nursery/landscape career development events. She placed sixth in the agricultural issues forum LDE and received a Group I individual rating in the floriculture CDE. She won the area poultry production proficiency award. She won the state agriscience fair animal systems Division 3 and Division 5. She is a graduate of Public Speaking Institute, and attended National FFA Convention & Expo.
In addition to FFA, Firman is a member of National Honor Society and National Technical Honor Society. She is a band section leader and scholar bowl captain.
After graduating high school, Firman’s plans include attending University of Missouri, Columbia, to study agricultural business. Firman said she will pursue an accounting career, and continue raising sheep and chickens.
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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From left are Advisor Doug Henke, Advisor Deanna Thies, Marina Firman, Diane Firman and Jeff Firman.