The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

November 24, 2012

Pond Creek-Hunter’s Grimes receives national award

Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Trenton Ray Grimes, of Pond Creek-Hunter FFA, was named national winner of the environmental science and natural resources management – entrepreneurship/placement award during the 85th National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis.

Grimes was one of four FFA members nationwide selected as national finalists for the award, a special project of The Mosaic Company for National FFA Foundation.

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. 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 are available at the local, state and national levels.  

Grimes became eligible for the national award after winning the Oklahoma state FFA competition earlier this year and will take home a $1,000 award plus a special plaque.  He works with his father to construct and rebuild terraces, waterways and reservoirs in the hopes of reducing topsoil loss and controlling runoff water. In his placement SAE, he’s learned to operate machinery like bulldozers and scrapers while also actively participating in the planning and construction of the natural resource-saving projects.  Grimes is supported by his parents, Kris and Roscoe Grimes, and his FFA adviser, Tim Winter.