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Sharp from Neosho FFA Chapter named Area 11 Star in Placement

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., April 24, 2020 - The Missouri FFA Association recognized Zach Sharp of the Neosho FFA Chapter as the Area 11 Star in Placement. Sharp is the son of David and Lisa Sharp of Neosho. His advisors are Jennifer Thogmartin, Kelin Kruse and Sustin Steele.

Area Stars in Placement are selected based upon outstanding achievement in work experience in an agricultural business as a 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 Placement awards and the State Star in Placement Award.

Sharpís SAE consists of working for local farmers and agricultural businesses. He began at Baja E Ranch, Sheldon, where he managed 250 cow-calf pairs. At Farley Farms, Neosho, he built and maintained fences, fed and checked cattle, maintained farm equipment, and kept cattle records. Box B Cattle Company, Neosho, placed Sharp in charge of cattle shipping preparation, hauling, and obtaining bids from processing facilities. His current employment at JoMow Lawn Services, Joplin, consists of being a crew leader for mowing commercial and residential lawns, maintaining equipment, and bidding jobs. Also currently at the Animal Clinic of Diamond, Diamond, he processes cattle, assists clients with unloading and loading, and administers medications as directed by the veterinarian.

Sharp currently serves as chapter vice president. He previously served as the chapter assistant chaplain and chapter sentinel. Sharp competed in the livestock evaluation and dairy cattle evaluation career development events, where he received a Group I individual rating in both CDEs. He attended Washington Leadership Conference, State FFA Leadership Camp and Lead, Educate, Advance, Develop Conference for Chapter Officers.

In addition to FFA, Sharp was on the high school golf team. He was a member of the Missouri Junior Rodeo Circuit, Missouri Cowboy Rodeo Association and Newton County Cattlemenís Association. Sharp also volunteers for Hope Kitchen, Chamber of Commerce Bring Back the Bloom Initiative and fair clean-up.†

After graduating high school, Sharp plans to study animal science and agricultural business. He then hopes to attend veterinary school. Sharp said his goal is to practice veterinary medicine in his home area and own a farm.

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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