Ellis is state winner in equine science placement proficiency award area
COLUMBIA, Mo., April 21, 2022 – Dylan Ellis of Agency, won the Missouri FFA Equine Science Placement Proficiency Award at the 94th Missouri State FFA Convention.
Ellis, a junior at East Buchanan High School, is the son of Russell and Felisha Ellis. He is a member of the East Buchanan FFA Chapter. His advisors are Chuck Wilson and Ronetta Walkup.
Ellis’ supervised agricultural experience program (SAE) revolves around the care of horses on his family’s farm. Ellis has many responsibilities including monitoring the health of the horses, watering, feeding and cleaning stalls. He also is responsible for brushing the horses’ manes and coats, and working on their foot placement to prepare them for upcoming shows. Ellis assists with tractor maintenance and repair, and moving bales of hay with the tractor.
As an FFA member, Ellis has attended National FFA Convention & Expo, State FFA Leadership Camp and Greenhand Motivational Conference. He competed in the soils and livestock judging career development events at the state level. Ellis was also named the Star Chapter FFA member and Star Greenhand for the East Buchanan FFA Chapter.
In addition to FFA, Ellis is involved in National Honor Society, Future Business Leaders of America, student council, the Academic Team and Frazier Youth Group.
After graduation, Ellis plans to attend Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, to study chemistry and pursue a medical career as a cardiologist.
Proficiency awards recognize FFA members who excel as agriculture entrepreneurs, employees or volunteers while gaining hands-on career experience. Equine science placement is one of 48 proficiency award areas recognized at the state level. William Woods University Equestrian Studies sponsors this award.
The Missouri FFA has 25,626 members representing 353 chapters. The national organization has more than 735,000 members representing 8,817 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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