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Tunis of Eldon FFA Chapter named Area 8 Star in Agriscience

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., April 24, 2020 - The Missouri FFA Association recognized Destinie Tunis of the Eldon FFA Chapter as Area 8 Star in Agriscience. Her mother is Theresa Owens Guhr of Versailles. Her advisors are Gary Reichel, Kent Shikles and Jason Twenter. 

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 8 includes 24 chapters in the Central District.

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

Tunis’ SAE involves the testing of cattle, horses, cats and dogs to determine if nitrates and histatins within the saliva can stop the growth of Escherichia coli k-12 and Staphylococcus epidermidis. This study is titled “The Antimicrobial Effects of Histatins and Nitrates Found in Saliva”. Tunis said she hopes this new treatment can be used to help animals and humans fight off deadly bacterial infections. Her past studies were “The Novel Use of 1550 Borate Glass on Healing Time and Scar Reduction in Thermal Injuries” and “The Effect of Maternal Prenatal Diet on Obesity of Developing Mouse Pups Independent of Post Weaning Diet”.

Tunis competed at the state level in the meats evaluation and agricultural mechanics career development events. In 2018, she placed second at the state agriscience fair in the Division 3 animal systems and in 2019, won the Division 5 animal systems. Tunis attended National FFA Convention & Expo, Missouri Association for Career & Technical Education Legislative Day and Greenhand Motivational Conference. 

In addition to FFA, Tunis participated in basketball, volleyball, track and field, cheerleading, and chamber choir. She was a member of the student council.

After graduating high school, Tunis’ plans include joining the U.S. Army Reserves and attending college to study biomedical sciences. Tunis said she hopes to earn graduate degrees in the areas of science for health; medicine; and science, technology, engineering and math. She hopes to continue medical research benefiting humans and animals.

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

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