Erin Pearson received a State FFA Proficiency award during the convention for outstanding accomplishments she has made in developing programs that will prepare her for a career in agriculture.
The proficiency award program recognizes students for exceptional accomplishments and excellence in a Supervised Agricultural Experience program. This program allows students to set goals and gain real-world experience in a chosen area of the agriculture industry.
Pearson won her award in the area of Agricultural Communications, sponsored by Kansas Farmer Magazine. Her SAE consists of freelance writing for Farm Talk Weekly agricultural newspaper. Erin researches agricultural topics and writes articles for the publication. She is also responsible for any photography work her stories require.
Erin has sharpened her journalistic skills and expanded her SAE to include writing freelance articles for local newspapers in southeast Kansas and her school district's website. Her work has included extensive researching and interviewing to learn more about agricultural organizations.
In the future, Erin plans to study geology at Oklahoma State University.
Erin is the daughter of Mike and Teresa Pearson. Her advisor is Jacob Larison.
The Kansas FFA Association is a part of the National FFA Organization, a national youth organization of more than 506,000 student members preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture with more than 7,400 local chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. Visit www.ksffa.org for more information.
Look for more about Erin and other FFA Proficiency Award winners in the August edition of Kansas Farmer.