VERSAILLES – On Aug. 8, the National FFA announced its proficiency finalist and Versailles FFA is proud to have three National FFA Proficiency finalists.
Matt Stucke, 2014 graduate of Versailles High School, is a finalist for the Grain Production Award. Matt is the son of Mark and Mary Ann Stucke and has raised, managed and marketed over 148 acres of corn over the past three years.
Alex Stucke, 2014 graduate of the Versailles High School, is a finalist for the Diversified Crop Production Placement Award. Alex is the son of Dave and Karen Stucke and plays a very important role with Stucke Grain Farms Inc., the family’s operation. Alex assists with all aspects of the farming operating from field preparation to planting to harvesting of corn and soybeans.
Samantha Kremer, 2013 graduate of Versailles High School, was named a finalist for her work at Versailles Feedmill. Samantha assists with all aspects of the Versailles Feedmill with major emphasis with booking keeping, accounting and sales. Samantha is the daughter of Dan and Jackie Kremer.
Alex, Matt and Samantha earned the opportunity to have their applications sent to the National FFA after placing first in Ohio. Versailles FFA also had several other applications that were recognized at the National FFA Evaluation. Katie Heckman, Oil Crop Production Proficiency Award, was ranked as gold based on her efforts of raising Soybeans over the past year. Katerri Schmitmeyer received a gold rating for the Dairy Production Proficiency Award for her efforts in raising dairy bulls the past two years. Dylan Hesson received a National FFA silver ranking for the Goat Production Proficiency Award for raising breeding goats and their offspring over the past three years.
Each state is allowed to submit 49 proficiency award applications for each proficiency area to the National FFA for ranking. A panel of judges at the National FFA judge the applications and name the Top 4 Proficiency finalist as well as Gold, Silver and Bronze finalist in each 49 award areas. The 15 page proficiency application they submit includes goals, plans of practices, resumes, pictures, letters of recommendations, financial records and hour documentation. Alex, Matt and Samantha will go through an interview at the National FFA Convention in late October with the final placing being announced at the 87th annual National FFA Convention.
Each finalist will receive a $500 check from their sponsors along with the National FFA proficiency winner in each 49 areas will receive an additional $500.
Versailles High School graduate and Ohio FFA President Maddison Buschur presented awards to Matt Stucke and Alex Stucke.