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December 11, 2013

Am-Po FFA team awarded Silver emblem at national convention

AM-PO FFA — LOUISVILLE- Members of the Amber Pocasset FFA Chapter in Oklahoma were one of 39 teams participating in the National FFA Agricultural Sales Career Development Event (CDE). The event was held in conjunction with the 86th National FFA Convention in Louisville, Ky. The team, led by advisor Billy Scott, was awarded a Silver emblem. Members also competed for individual awards with 151 other participants. Haley Savage received a Silver emblem, Ashtin Green received a Silver emblem, Darcie Winn received a Gold emblem, and Mason Ware received a Silver emblem.

The top ten individuals and the national winning team members received cash awards to recognize their success in the event. The cash awards and the agricultural sales event are sponsored by Monsanto as a special project of the National FFA Foundation. As a company based in agriculture, Monsanto is proud to support the agricultural sales CDE because it is a premier opportunity for youth to learn and fine tune communication skills that they will take beyond high school and use as they launch their careers.

"Just like the National FFA Organization, Monsanto is committed to helping the next generation to remain engaged in agriculture," said Elizabeth Vancil, Monsanto community and youth outreach manager. "We are proud to sponsor the Ag Sales Career Development Event, which helps prepare students for a rewarding real-world career in the agriculture industry."

The National FFA Agricultural Sales CDE is a competitive event that allows students to apply classroom knowledge to real-life situations. The event includes actual sales presentations, a written exam, team sales situation, an individual practical situation focusing on customer relations, customer service, or prospecting for customers. Each team competed at local and state levels for the privilege of representing their state at the National FFA Convention & Expo.

The event, held at the Marriott Hotel in Louisville, Ky., is one of many educational activities at the National FFA Convention & Expo in which FFA members practice the lessons taught in agricultural education classes.

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