Shanks of Vienna FFA Chapter named Area 14 Star in Placement

Shanks of Vienna FFA Chapter named Area 14 Star in Placement


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SEDALIA, Mo., May 1, 2021 – The Missouri FFA Association recognized Hannah Marie Shanks of Vienna FFA Chapter as the Area 14 Star in Placement at the 93rd Missouri FFA Convention. Her parents are Mark and Karen Shanks of Vienna. Her advisor is Sara Schwartze.

Area Stars in Placement are selected based upon outstanding achievement in work experience in an agricultural business as a part of a student’s supervised agricultural experience program and active participation in FFA. Area 14 includes 20 chapters in the South Central District.

MFA Inc., Columbia, sponsors the 16 area Star in Placement awards and the State Star in Placement Award.

Shanks’ SAE consists of working at Shanks Dairy Farm, Vienna; Maries County Bank, Vienna; and Higbie Hog Farm. She milked around 175 cows twice a day. She also was responsible for checking cattle, cleaning facilities, preparing crop equipment and managing farm tasks. After the dairy shut down in 2019, Shanks started working at Maries County Bank as a part-time bank teller. She also began employment with Higbie Hog Farms, JBS commercial nursery, rotating around 6,000 hogs every two months. Her responsibilities include checking, feeding, treating and sorting pigs.

Shanks served as chapter vice president and president and currently serves as area first vice president. She participated at state in Division II prepared public speaking, FFA knowledge, and job interview leadership development events, and livestock evaluation and dairy cattle evaluation career development events. She also participated at state in Missouri Farm Bureau Public Speaking Contest and Missouri Pork Producers FFA Pork Speaking Contest. She won the area dairy production placement proficiency award. She is a graduate of Helping Youth Maximize Agricultural eXperiences Academy.

In addition to FFA, Shanks is also a member of National Honors Society and speech club, and served as a class officer. Outside of school, she is a member of the Church of Christ in Vienna.

After graduating high school, Shanks’ plans include attending University of Missouri, Columbia, to study agricultural business management and animal science. Shanks said she hopes to have an agricultural finance career and grow her cattle operation.

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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