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GSC Student Named National Finalist in FFA Contest

For Immediate Release: November 13, 2012

Contact: Annette Barnette
Public Relations & Marketing Director
Glenville State College
Glenville, WV
(304) 462-6391

Glenville, WV – Glenville State College sophomore Forest Technology major Kevin Smith has been named one of four national finalists for the National Future Farmers of America (FFA) Agricultural Proficiency Award in Poultry Production – Entrepreneurship/Placement. As a member of the Pendleton County FFA Chapter, he competed for the award at the national finals during the 85th National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana October 24th through 27th.

“Even though I am only a sophomore at GSC, I have already learned an immense amount of information that will be very helpful to me in my future career. I truly believe the knowledge and skills I have attained from the farm, FFA participation, and experiences at GSC has collectively given me the proper composition in order to compete effectively at the national level,” said Smith.

“Kevin continues to do well with his forestry courses and also is an active member of the Forestry Club.  I am delighted that Kevin was recognized through this award. I am proud of his work with FFA and he is definitely a great addition to the student body of the Forest Technology and Natural Resource Management programs,” said GSC Associate Professor of Forestry Dr. Rico Gazal.

“It is a pleasure to have students like Kevin Smith in our programs.  Kevin brings a wealth of information to his courses, sharing his knowledge with other students.  Kevin also demonstrates a strong work ethic, providing an example to other students.  Student and faculty both benefit by having students like Kevin in their classes,” said GSC Department of Land Resources Chair Milan Vavrek.

Smith became eligible for the national award after winning the West Virginia State FFA Competition earlier this year. Each of the four finalists received $500 and a plaque, while the national winner received an additional $500 at the National FFA Convention ceremony. Smith also received his American FFA degree at this event.

The Poultry Production – Entrepreneurship/Placement Award is one of forty-nine proficiency program areas FFA members can participate in to develop valuable experience and leadership skills. This award recognizes outstanding student achievement in their program of study.

Smith is a native of Franklin, West Virginia (Pendleton County). He is the son of Randal and Angie Smith.

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