BV/DACC FFA Members Receive National Honors

November 2, 2018

The 91st Annual National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis, Indiana once again highlighted the great things that Buckeye Valley-DACC FFA members are doing. The chapter was thrilled to celebrate another of its members being named a National Proficiency Award winner, as Sarah Lehner took top honors in the area of Fiber and/or Oil Crop Production. The award area was generously sponsored by Bunge.

A very small portion (0.007%) of the roughly 670,000 FFA members across the country reach this level of recognition annually. Sarah's road to this honor began with her involvement with the Buckeye Valley Land Lab, near Radnor, Ohio, where she began raising soybeans after her freshman year. Since then, she has spent countless hours learning about and keeping records on soil health, plant genetics, nutrition, pest management, machinery operation, and marketing. This learning process and associated records were evaluated at a local, state, and national level through a written application, as well as in person interviews with industry experts. Last week, Sarah found herself competing against three other finalists from Alabama, Minnesota, and Oklahoma before finally being announced a national winner in front of her peers in Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Sarah is continuing her education at The Ohio State University in Columbus, where she is majoring in Animal Science, with a minor in Agribusiness. After graduating, Sarah plans to pursue a career in agribusiness while staying involved with her family’s farm. In addition to competitive awards, two Buckeye Valley-DACC FFA members were named as recipients of the American FFA Degree. Hannah Edelbute and Elissa Huffman were among a record 4,255 members from across the country to be recognized for their high level of commitment to FFA and significant accomplishments in their experiential learning programs.

The National FFA Organization consists of 669,989 members belonging to 8,630 chapters throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. It is dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.