Chapter honored – members are finalists

VERSAILLES – On Aug. 4, the National FFA announced its proficiency finalist and Versailles FFA is proud to have Toby George, Jamie Hart, Aaron Knapke and Jacob Wuebker named as National FFA Proficiency finalists.

George is a fifth year member of Versailles FFA and will be a senior this fall.  He is a National FFA Proficiency Finalist in Diversified Livestock Proficiency Award Area.  He is the son of Greg and Holli George.  His SAE was job placement at Wuebker Farms LLC in which he worked over 2,300 hours the past three years.  George has assisted with many aspects of swine and dairy steer operation including:  bedding, feeding, sorting and processing dairy steers and assisting with vaccinations, breeding, feeding, bait stations, power washing and barn maintenance.  George earned the opportunity to have his application sent to the National FFA after placing first in Ohio.

Hart is a 2018 graduate of Versailles High School and is a National FFA Proficiency Finalist in Ag Communications.   She is the daughter Dan and Kari Hart.  Her SAE consist of working at the Tiger Radio Station.   She has worked over 361 hours this past year at the Tiger as the farm news director.  Hart is responsible for gathering, writing and recording agriculture stories and gathering the markets.  She earned the opportunity to have her application sent to the National FFA after placing first in Ohio.

Knapke is a 2018 graduate of Versailles High School and is a National FFA Proficiency Finalist in Poultry Production.  He is the son of Terry and Kay Knapke.  His SAE consists of working at Knapke Poultry Farms.   Knapke has worked over 6, 800 hours the past four years.  His responsibilities include: feeding, packing eggs, maintenance of equipment, building new poultry barn, biosecurity practices, rodent control, handling manure and spreading manure.  Aaron Knapke earned the opportunity to have his application sent to the National FFA after placing first in Ohio.

Wuebker is a fifth year member of Versailles FFA and will be a senior this fall.  He is a National FFA Proficiency Finalist in Swine Placement.  He is the son of Jeff and Dena Wuebker.  His SAE is job placement at Wuebker Farms LLC in which he has worked over 1,200 hours the past three years.  Wuebker has worked with many aspects of swine operation including: assisting with vaccinations, breeding, feeding, bait stations, power washing and barn maintenance.  Wuebker earned the opportunity to have his application sent to the National FFA after placing first in Ohio.

Each will go through an interview at the National FFA Convention in late October with the final placing being announced at the 91st annual National FFA Convention.  Each finalist will receive a $500 check from their sponsors along with the National FFA proficiency winner in each area will receive an additional $500.   Also, Versailles FFA Chapter was named a Three Star National FFA Chapter, which is the highest ranking from National FFA.

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