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Higgins of Troy FFA Chapter named Area 5 Star in Agriscience

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., April 24, 2020 - The Missouri FFA Association recognized Abygale Lee Higgins of the Troy FFA Chapter as Area 5 Star in Agriscience. Her parents are Andy and Ashley Higgins of Moscow Mills. Her advisors are Rob Calvin, Elizabeth Utterback and Matt McCrory.


Area Stars in Agriscience are selected based upon outstanding achievement in agriscience as part of a student’s supervised agricultural experience program and active participation in FFA. Area 5 includes 19 chapters in the Northeast District.


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


Higgins’ SAE involves a lawn care business she operates with a partner. Her experiment involved testing different types of fertilizers on nutrient-deficient soil. Higgins used three different types of fertilizer, and recorded growth results every 10 days. Her goal was to determine which fertilizer yielded the fastest growth and best looking lawn for greater customer satisfaction, with the ultimate goal of increasing business.


Higgins currently serves as chapter treasurer, and previously served as chapter assistant president and assistant vice president. She competed at the state level in the FFA knowledge and soils career development events, where she received a Group I individual rating in both. She also competed on the state-winning parliamentary procedure CDE team, and they received a Silver rating on the national level. Higgins won the area home and/or community development proficiency award. In the National FFA Agriscience Fair, she was a finalist in Division 6 plant systems. She is a graduate of Helping Youth Maximize their Agricultural eXperience Academy, and attended National FFA Convention & Expo and Greenhand Motivational Conference.


In addition to FFA, Higgins is a member of the National Honor Society, student council and marching band. She participates in the credit recovery tutoring program and the Lincoln County Drug Abuse Resistance Education Program.


After graduating high school, Higgins’ plans include attending Truman State University, Kirksville, to study education.

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
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     PO Box 480
     Jefferson City, MO 65102-0480
     Phone: 573-751-3544

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