The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

November 10, 2012

Garber students place at American Royal

By Jessica Cinnamon
Garber FFA reporter

GARBER, Okla. — Garber FFA members Tyler Schnaithman, Braden Schovanec and Halie Schovanec showed at the 2012 American Royal Livestock Show in Kansas City, Mo.

Braden and Halie showed their wether goats Oct. 26, and Schnaithman showed his lambs Oct. 27. Braden showed two wether goats and placed first and second in class. He also was overall reserve champion showman. Halie showed two wether goats and placed first and fourth in class. Schnaithman showed two crossbred lambs and placed third and eighth in class.

Garber FFA officers Jarred Strate, Jessica Cinnamon, Daniel Parks, Emilee Hughes and Garret Heinrich attended the 85th National FFA Convention and Expo in Indianapolis, where a member and a former member accepted awards.

Former Garber FFA President Jessica Holman received her American FFA Degree. The American FFA Degree is awarded to FFA members who have demonstrated the highest level of commitment to FFA and made significant accomplishments in their supervised agricultural experiences (SAEs). Approximately 3,500 American FFA Degrees are handed out each year at the National FFA Convention. That number represents less than half of one percent of all FFA members, making it one of the organization’s highest honors.

Current Vice President Jarred Strate was a national finalist in the beef production proficiency area. National FFA Organization’s agricultural proficiency awards program recognizes student achievement in agribusiness gained through establishment of a new business, working for an existing company or otherwise gaining hands-on career experience. Strate became eligible for the national contest after winning the Oklahoma state FFA competition earlier this year. Each proficiency area had four national finalists. Each finalist had to submit an application and participate in an interview. Each of the four finalists received a plaque and a $500 award. The national winner received an additional plaque and an additional $500. The four finalists also competed for an Educational Travel Seminar, which is a trip to Costa Rica valued at $2,000, by submitting an additional application and doing an additional interview. Strate was selected as the Costa Rica trip winner. He will go to Costa Rica in June 2013 to learn about international agriculture.

Strate was born into a cattle family and now works for the family company maintaining herd health, calving and keeping records. His parents are Janet and Jim Strate.