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Freiburger of Verona FFA Chapter named Area 11 Star in Agriscience

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., April 24, 2020 - The Missouri FFA Association recognized Ashley Freiburger of the Verona FFA Chapter as Area 11 Star in Agriscience. Her parents are Tim and Sandy Freiburger of Verona. Her advisors are David Parrack and Devin Wilkerson.

Area Stars in Agriscience are selected based upon outstanding achievement in agriscience as part of a studentís supervised agricultural experience program and active participation in FFA. Area 11 includes 16 chapters in the Southwest District.

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

Freiburgerís SAE program includes research and experimentation on gluten. Her project, Flour Power, studied the amount of gluten in various baking flours. She made dough and rinsed it until only gluten was left. She compared the weight of the doughs and calculated the weight to determine the gluten amount. With her research, she has dived deeper into the food science industry. Freiburger said she hopes the research will impact consumers, especially those with food sensitivities.

Freiburger currently serves as chapter president, and previously served as chapter parliamentarian and treasurer. She competed at the state level in the entomology career development event, where she received a Group II individual rating. At the National FFA Agriscience Fair, Freiburger was a finalist in the Division 6 food products and processing systems. She was named Chapter Star Greenhand and Chapter Star Agriscience. Freiburger attended National FFA Convention & Expo, and Greenhand Motivational Conference.

In addition to FFA, Freiburger serves as president for Future Business Leaders of America, vice president for National Honor Society, senior class president, co-captain for academic team and captain for math league. She also participates in track and field.†

After graduating high school, Freiburgerís plans include attending the University of Missouri, Columbia, to study health sciences. Freiburger said she hopes to pursue a career as an occupational therapist.

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.

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