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Oelrichs from Higginsville FFA Chapter named Area 6 Star in Placement

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., April 24, 2020 - The Missouri FFA Association recognized Cole Emerson Oelrichs of the Higginsville FFA Chapter as the Area 6 Star in Placement. Oelrichs is the son of William and Paula Oelrichs of Higginsville. His advisors are Adam Brock, Savannah Taylor and Stephanie Carpenter.

Area Stars in Placement are selected based upon outstanding achievement in work experience in an agricultural business as a part of a student’s supervised agricultural experience program and active participation in FFA. Area 6 includes 20 chapters in the Central District.

MFA Inc., Columbia, sponsors the 16 area Star in Placement awards and the State Star in Placement Award.

Oelrichs’ SAE program started at Cretzmeyer Farms, his uncle’s diversified crop and livestock operation. His responsibilities include feeding and vaccinating cattle, baling hay, and maintaining the farmstead. Oelrichs said he is trusted to make daily farm-management decisions.

Oelrichs served as chapter sentinel and chapter parliamentarian. He received a Group I rating in the state level soils career development event and his team qualified for the national contest. He was second at state for the beef production placement proficiency award. He attended the Lead, Educate, Advance, Develop Conference for Chapter Officers; National FFA Convention & Expo; and Greenhand Motivational Conference.

In addition to FFA, in high school Oelrichs was on the baseball team.  He also was active in the science club, Skills USA, National Honor Society and National Technical Honors Society. He attended Lex-La-Ray Technical Center where he participated in the building-trades program.

Oelrichs attends Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville. He is working toward a certificate in farm operations. Oelrichs said his goal is to return to his uncle’s farm and eventually manage the operation.

The Missouri FFA has 25,945 members representing 348 chapters. The national organization has more than 700,000 members representing 8,612 chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.

     Missouri FFA Association
     205 Jefferson St
     PO Box 480
     Jefferson City, MO 65102-0480
     Phone: 573-751-3544

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