Rongey is state winner in vegetable production proficiency award area
COLUMBIA, Mo., April 22, 2022 – Gracyn Rongey of Trenton, Missouri, won the Missouri FFA Vegetable Production Entrepreneurship and Placement Combined Proficiency Award at the 94th Missouri FFA Convention.
Rongey, a senior at Trenton R-IX High School, is the daughter of James and Rachael Rongey. She is a member of the Trenton FFA Chapter. Her advisors are Sadie Roy and Kabel Oaks.
As part of her supervised agricultural experience program, Rongey operated her own small business, growing and selling sweet corn. She first sold corn as a child alongside her grandmother. In her own business, she had to experiment with corn varieties to better manage her land and finances. She also had to adjust her prices based on competitors while still accounting for labor costs.
In FFA, Rongey competed at state in the meats evaluation and food science and technology career development events. She also competed at state in the conduct of chapter meetings leadership development event. Rongey also attended the Missouri Quarter Horse Association Fall Speaking Contest, SHOW ME Summit, State FFA Convention, National FFA Convention & Expo, and was an exhibitor at the Missouri
In addition to FFA, Rongey is currently president of THS Science Club. She served as president of the Grundy County Helping Hands 4-H Club and was a member of her high school’s track, softball and basketball teams.
After graduation, Rongey’s plans include attending North Central Missouri College to study equine management. She hopes to transfer to the University of Missouri-Columbia to study animal science.
Proficiency awards recognize FFA members who excel as agricultural entrepreneurs, employees or volunteers while gaining hands-on career experience. Vegetable production entrepreneurship is one of 48 proficiency award areas recognized at the state level. The Missouri Vegetable Growers Association sponsored 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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Pictured is Gracyn Rongey.