Cameron High School Student Qualifies for National Future Farmers of America Competition

Photo by Drew Parker Cameron High School senior Levi Scott will compete next month in a national Future Farmers of America competition.

A Cameron High School student is putting his agriculture skills to the test and making local history in the process.

Last month, the National Future Farmers of America organization selected Cameron senior Levi Scott as one of four national finalists for the organization’s Proficiency Award in small animal production and care. Scott, who entered his black New Zealand rabbits for the state competition, will compete during the 90th National FFA Convention and Expo in Indianapolis Oct. 25-28.

The award Scott is seeking represents one of 47 proficiency program areas in which FFA members from across the country can participate to develop their skills at the local, state and national levels.

The awards recognize student achievement in “agribusiness” gained through creation of a student’s own business, working for an existing company or other hands-on experience.

Scott said he has worked with rabbits at home for eight years.

“For the convention I get to incorporate everything I’ve learned over the years in class,” Scott said. “I’ve learned how to select a market champion.”

In recognition of being a finalist, each of the four finalists will receive a plaque and $500. The national winner of the award will receive an additional $500 during a special ceremony in Indianapolis.

Cameron agriculture teacher Hattie DeBolt said about 20 students will attend the event with Scott. She added the proficiency process requires students to keep accurate records of their work, complete intricate applications and undergo interviews with a variety of judges, sharpening their communication skills.

“The award gives recognition to these students, who work year-round to apply for proficiency awards,” DeBolt said. “They are required to do two years’ worth of records, so this isn’t something you can work on for three months and win a prize. It has to be ongoing.”

DeBolt said such projects teach students about responsibility and work ethic.

“In Levi’s case, his goal is to be an agriculture education teacher and I think learning to do this himself will help him to assist students in achieving the same goals one day,” she said.

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