Two members of the Hugoton High School FFA chapter, Megan Newlon and Austin Nordyke, were recognized last week. The students were honored for having some of the best career development programs in the state at the Eighty-ninth Kansas FFA Convention May 31 through June 2, 2017 on the Kansas State University campus.
Megan and Austin earned State FFA Proficiency Awards for outstandingaccomplishments they have made in developing programs that will prepare them for careers in agriculture. Their advisor is Les McNally.
Newlon received her award in Diversified Livestock Production, sponsored by McPherson County Feeders. Nordyke’s award is in Turf Grass Management, sponsored by Sod Shop, Inc.
The proficiency award program recognizes students for exceptional accomplishments and excellence in a Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) program. This program allows students to set goals and gain real-world experience in a chosen area of the agriculture industry.
For her SAE, Newlon raises horses, cattle, swine and sheep. By raising a variety of animals, she has become knowledgable in many areas of animal care. She exercises the animals, measures out feed rations, and also doctors sick animals with the help of her local veterinarian. She uses her experiences to help teach others about the equine and livestock industries. After high school, Newlon plans to attend college and earn a degree in animal science or agribusiness. She is the daughter of Jeff and Vicky Newlon.
Nordyke operates a lawn care business for his community. Originally partnering with his older sister, he took over the business to continue the tradition of serving the community while also developing his skills in communication and managing a business. He has been able to grow the customer base to 65 customers, and has generated income that has helped pay for college. He currently attends Wichita State University and is pursuing a degree in engineering. Austin is the son of Paul and Shannon Nordyke.