Boedges is state winner in veterinary science proficiency award area

Boedges is state winner in veterinary science proficiency award area


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COLUMBIA, Mo., April 21, 2022 – Samantha Boedges of Hermann FFA won the Missouri FFA Veterinary Science Entrepreneurship and Placement Combined Proficiency Award at the 94th Missouri FFA Convention. 


Boedges, a senior at Hermann High School, is the daughter of James and Megan Boedges. She is a member of the Hermann FFA Chapter. Her advisors are Douglas Ridder and Tracy Vedder.


Her supervised agricultural experience program consists of employment at Hermann Veterinary Clinic as a veterinary technician assistant. Her responsibilities range from cleaning equipment and taking medicinal product inventory to loading and unloading animals and running the skid steer to clean pens. She also assists with farm calls, surgeries and emergencies.


As an FFA member, Boedges had been a part of Courtesy Corps, received a Gold Ranking in the National FFA farm and agribusiness management contest, and competed in the State Sheep Producers Division Fall Speaking leadership development event. She also has attended state and National FFA Convention & Expo and numerous other FFA activities.


Outside of FFA, Boedges is a member of Future Business Leaders of America, the National Honor Society, her high school varsity softball and volleyball teams, and is a Sunday school teacher at her church.


After graduating high school, Boedges’ plans include attending University of Missouri-Columbia to study agribusiness or general agriculture. She hopes to own her own agritourism business, expand the Boedges Family Farm and help them market their meat directly.

Proficiency awards recognize FFA members who excel as agricultural entrepreneurs, employees or volunteers while gaining hands-on career experience. Veterinary Science is one of 48 proficiency award areas recognized at the state level. Addison Biological Laboratories, Inc. 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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