Pendergraft of Southwest FFA Chapter named Area 11 Star in Agribusiness
COLUMBIA, Mo., April 21, 2023 — The Missouri FFA Association recognized Colton Pendergraft of the Southwest FFA Chapter as the Area 11 Star in Agribusiness at the 95th Missouri FFA Convention. He is the son of Will and Amanda Pendergraft of Washburn. His advisors are Bill Caldwell and Katlyn Branson.
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 11 includes 16 chapters in the Southwest District.
American Family Insurance sponsors the 16 area Star in Agribusiness awards and the State Star in Agribusiness Award.
Pendergraft’s supervised agricultural experience program includes owning and operating his own lawn service business. He began by mowing the grass at his mother’s business, then grew to 20 community lawns. Pendergraft has expanded his business offerings to include spraying herbicides and applying fertilizers. He also works at the local feed mill and an equipment repair shop.
Pendergraft has served as the chapter historian. He has competed in horse evaluation and selection and dairy cattle evaluation career development events. Pendergraft was also named the star chapter greenhand and earned the chapter leadership medal.
After high school graduation, Pendergraft plans to attend Crowder College-Neosho to become a certified diesel technician. Upon graduation, he plans to start an excavation business.
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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Pictured from left are Will Pendergraft, Colton Pendergraft, and Amanda Pendergraft.