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Granby/Briscoe reach National FFA Finals

Published: Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012 8:14 a.m. CDT

SENECA, Ill. — The National FFA Organization recently announced Nick Briscoe of Mazon and Austin Granby of Verona, both members of the Seneca FFA Chapter, as finalists for National FFA Agricultural Proficiency Awards.

Briscoe is a finalist in Agricultural Services – En- trepreneurship/Placement, while Granby is a finalist in Agricultural Sales – Entrepreneurship.

They are two of only 196 FFA members nationwide chosen to compete for these awards at the national finals during October’s 85th National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis.

The Agricultural Profic-iency Awards honor FFA members who, through their Supervised Agricultural Experiences, have developed specialized skills that they can apply toward their future careers.

The awards recognize outstanding student achievement in agribusiness gained through establishment of a new business, working for an existing company, or otherwise gaining hands-on career experience.

The Agricultural Services – Entrepreneurship/Place-ment and the Agricultural Sales – Entrepreneurship awards are two of 49 proficiency program areas FFA members can participate in to develop valuable experience and leadership skills at the local, state and national levels.

The Agricultural Services - Entrepreneurship/Place-ment award is sponsored by TransCanada and the Agricultural Sales – Entrepreneurship award is sponsored by Crop Production Services and Monsanto as special projects of the National FFA Foundation.

Briscoe and Granby, members of the Seneca FFA Chapter, became eligible for the national award after winning the Illinois State FFA competition earlier this year.

In recognition of being a finalist, each of the four finalists will receive a plaque and $500. The national winners of the awards will receive an additional $500 during a special ceremony at the national FFA convention.

The 85th National FFA Convention & Expo is Oct. 24-27, 2012, in Indianapolis, Ind.

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