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Two students named national proficiency finalists

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Emily Johnson, Cody Sullivan will be recognized at FFA convention

By The Staff

The National FFA Organization recently announced that LaRue County FFA members Emily Johnson and Cody Sullivan were selected as finalists for National FFA Proficiency Awards.

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Johnson is a finalist in floriculture-entrepreneurship/placement. Sullivan is a finalist in turf grass management-entrepreneurship/place-ment.

Each is one of only four students chosen from across the nation to compete for this award at the National FFA Convention this fall.

Proficiency awards recognize outstanding student achievements in agribusiness gained through establishment of a new business, working for an existing company or otherwise gaining hands-on career experience. This past year, 47 proficiency areas were available, ranging from agriculture communications to grain production. A student selects a proficiency area based on his or her supervised agriculture experience project or based on an area of agriculture they are involved in or find interesting. Competing for these awards allows students to develop valuable experience and leadership skills at the local, state and national level. Proficiency awards are divided into entrepreneurship and placement, depending on the award area and the SAE.

Johnson, a sophomore at the University of Kentucky, became eligible for the national award after winning the Kentucky state FFA competition earlier this year.

Sullivan, a recent graduate of LaRue County High School is bound for the Southeast Lineman Training Center. In recognition of being a national finalist, each of the four finalists will receive a plaque and $500. The national winner will receive an additional $500 during a special ceremony at the national convention. Each also has the opportunity to apply for a Costa Rica travel seminar sponsored by the National FFA. Johnson and Sullivan are two of 13 national finalists from Kentucky that will be recognized at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Ind., Oct. 21-24.