Duenke of Audrain County R-VI FFA Chapter named Area 5 Star in Placement
SEDALIA, Mo., May 1, 2021 – The Missouri FFA Association recognized Justin Duenke of the Audrain County R-VI FFA Chapter as the Area 5 Star in Placement and one of four finalists during the 93rd Missouri FFA Convention. Duenke is the son of Mike and Vicki Duenke of Laddonia. His advisors are Stacy French and Britton Francis.
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 5 includes 19 chapters in the Northeast District.
MFA Inc., Columbia, sponsors the 16 area Star in Placement awards and the State Star in Placement Award.
Duenke’s SAE consists of assisting his dad on his family farm. Duenke Farms is a diversified farm and he helps manage the family cattle operation, approximately 1,800 acres of row crops and 475 acres of pasture. Duenke assists with the process of artificial insemination of the cattle heifers. Additionally, Duenke also has a small entrepreneurship project marketing cow/calf pairs, steers and heifers.
Duenke serves as chapter vice president and Area 5 chaplain. He received a group 1 rating in both the state livestock evaluation and agronomy career development events. Duenke was a district qualifier in the extemporaneous speaking leadership development event and the Missouri Cattle Industry public speaking contest. He participated in several chapter activities including Farm Safety Day and teaching elementary students lessons on agricultural topics.
In addition to FFA, Duenke is a member of National Honor Society, STRIVE and Community R-VI Student Council. He is a member of the baseball and basketball teams. He is a member of the Merry Martins 4-H Club. Duenke is also a member of the St. Joseph Catholic Church Youth Group and Knights of Columbus.
After graduating high school, Duenke plans to attend State Fair Community College, Sedalia, to study Agriculture and Animal Science. After graduation, he plans to return to the farm and work alongside his brother and dad to further diversify their farm 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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Pictured from left are Mike Duenke, Vicki Duenke, Justin Duenke, Advisor Stacy French and Advisor Britton Francis.