Gentry of Pleasant Hill FFA Chapter named Area 7 Star in Agribusiness

Gentry of Pleasant Hill FFA Chapter named Area 7 Star in Agribusiness


Joyce Cutright: 417-880-2625
Jeremy Whistance: 573-268-0009
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COLUMBIA, Mo., April 21, 2023 — The Missouri FFA Association recognized Hailey Gentry of the Pleasant Hill FFA Chapter as the Area 7 Star in Agribusiness at the 95th Missouri FFA Convention. She is the daughter of Nick and Missy Gentry of Pleasant Hill. Her advisors are Tyler Burgin and AJ Wingard.

Area Stars in Agribusiness are selected based upon outstanding achievement in work experience in an agricultural business as part of a student’s supervised agricultural experience program and active participation in FFA. Area 7 includes 25 chapters in the Central District.

American Family Insurance sponsors the 16 area Star in Agribusiness awards as well as the State Star in Agribusiness Award.

Gentry’s SAE includes purchasing, owning and operating Gentry Wire, an established agribusiness that produces and distributes footing rebar chairs to local contractors. Her responsibilities include producing the rebar chairs, operating loading equipment, writing receipts, keeping inventory, picking up wire spools, and delivering pallets and chairs. In addition to her work with Gentry Wire, Hailey cleans crew trucks for Shaw Construction and works concessions for the City of Pleasant Hill.

In FFA, Gentry was elected president of the Pleasant Hill FFA Chapter. She placed third at the district fall speaking contest in forest products. She participated in the floriculture, nursery/landscape and poultry career development events earning a Group 1 ranking at the state nursery/landscape CDE.

In addition to FFA, Gentry is a member of National Honor Society. She has been a member of her high school’s varsity basketball, softball and wrestling teams. Gentry received academic all-conference and all-state recognitions in softball.

After graduating high school, Gentry’s plans include attending the University of Central Missouri, Warrenburg, to study conservation and wildlife biology.

The Missouri FFA has 26,716 members representing 356 chapters. The national organization has more than 850,000 members representing 8,995 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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