INDIANAPOLIS – A local FFA member, already immersed in a hands-on experience aimed to jumpstart careers in agriculture, can add one more impressive achievement: national winner. Harley David Hamernik of the Leigh-Clarkson FFA Chapter was named national winner of the Agricultural Mechanics Design and Fabrication – Entrepreneurship/Placement Award by a panel of judges Friday during the 85th National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis. Hamernik was one of four FFA members nationwide selected as national finalists in the Agricultural Mechanics Design and Fabrication – Entrepreneurship/Placement area sponsored nationally by Carry-on Trailer Corporation and RAM Trucks as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.
The National FFA Organization’s Agricultural Proficiency Awards program recognizes outstanding student achievement in agribusiness gained through establishment of a new business, working for an existing company or otherwise gaining hands-on career experience. It serves as the award structure for an FFA member’s Supervised Agricultural Experience (mandatory for all FFA members) that is designed to develop specialized skills in 49 categories that they can apply toward their future careers. Awards, like the Agricultural Mechanics Design and Fabrication – Entrepreneurship/Placement Award, are available at the local, state and national levels.
Hamernik became eligible for the national award after winning the Nebraska state FFA competition earlier this year and will take home a $1,000 award plus a special plaque.
More information can be found online about the Agricultural Proficiency Awards (ffa.org/proficiency), the Supervised Agricultural Experience (ffa.org/SAE) and the 85th National FFA Convention & Expo (ffa.org/convention) on the National FFA Organization’s web site (ffa.org).