Frees of Cass Career Center FFA Chapter named Area 7 Star in Agriscience

Frees of Cass Career Center FFA Chapter named Area 7 Star in Agriscience


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COLUMBIA, Mo., April 22, 2022 – The Missouri FFA Association recognized George  Frees of the Cass Career Center FFA Chapter as Area 7 Star in Agriscience at the 94th Missouri FFA Convention. His parents are Dr. Karl Frees and Laura Frees of Harrisonville. His advisors are Jason Dieckhoff and Marshall Streit.


Area Stars in Agriscience are selected based upon outstanding achievement in agriscience as 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 Agriscience awards and the State Star in Agriscience Award.


Frees’ supervised agricultural experience consists of plant systems agricultural research. He started by purchasing sugarcane to grow in the school greenhouse. His goal was to study gibberellic acid in hopes of sugarcane’s potential use in ethanol production. Frees tested his harvest results at Summit Technology Academy in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. Professors determined that the acid had a positive growth effect on the sugarcane. Frees also has two beehives, has sold over 425 horticulture plants, and worked at Wilhite and Frees Equine Hospital.


Frees serves as chapter vice president and served as chapter parliamentarian. He competed on the floriculture team and placed fifth high individual at Missouri FFA Convention, earning a gold rating. Frees has also exhibited horticulture projects at District FFA and the Missouri State Fair. He has been the national winner in agriscience research plant systems proficiency and placed second in the Division 5 Plant Systems National FFA Agriscience Fair. 


In addition to FFA, Frees acted as science club president and captain of the Harrisonville High School Scholar Bowl Team. He also participated in cross country, National Honor Society and National Technical Honor Society. 


Frees is currently studying plant science at the University of Missouri-Columbia where he conducts research under William Folk, Ph.D. Frees hopes to pursue a career in botany and microbiology with a focus in human pharmaceutical research and development. 

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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