Grimes of Archie FFA Chapter named Area 7 Star in Placement

Grimes of Archie FFA Chapter named Area 7 Star in Placement


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SEDALIA, Mo., May 1, 2021 – The Missouri FFA Association recognized Rachel Grimes of the Archie FFA Chapter as the Area 7 Star in Placement and one of four finalists at the Missouri FFA Convention. Grimes is the daughter of Ryan and Karrie Grimes of Archie. Her advisor is Matt McIntire.

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 7 includes 25 chapters in the Central District.

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

Grimes’ SAE involves employment at both McAlexander Livestock and Tallman Show Pigs. She assists with the feeding, breeding, farrowing and marketing of the showpigs. Grimes also has a small show pig enterprise and a small cow/calf operation. Grimes is also an entrepreneur operating her own small showpig enterprise.

Grimes served as chapter treasurer, vice president and president. She also served as Area 7 vice president. Grimes won first place in the area fall prepared public speaking leadership development event all three years she participated. She competed in the state Division 1 prepared public speaking and employment skills leadership development events. Grimes also competed in the state FFA Knowledge, Nursery/Landscaping and Dairy Cattle Evaluation career development events. She attended the Washington Leadership Conference and was selected for Helping Youth Prepare for Excellence Academy.

In addition to FFA, Grimes was a member of the Archie student council, National Honor Society and Future Career Community Leader of America. She is an officer in the local 4-H Club and a member of the Austin Community Church.

After graduating high school, Grimes will study animal science at Missouri State University, Springfield. She then plans to study animal science, reproduction and nutrition in a masters program at Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma. After school, Grimes plans to pursue a career in showpig nutrition.

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 front left are Ryan Grimes, Rachel Grimes and Karrie Grimes. Back from left are Advisor Matt McIntire and Advisor Delaney Dettart.

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