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Thessen of Blair Oaks FFA Chapter named Area 8 Star in Agribusiness

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., April 24, 2020 — The Missouri FFA Association recognized Adeline Thessen of the Blair Oaks FFA Chapter as the Area 8 Star in Agribusiness. Thessen is the daughter of Stanely and Angie Thessen of Wardsville. Her advisor is Jeff Suthoff.

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

Thessens’ SAE involves working on her family’s sixth-generation, 500-acre farm. Her responsibilities include  maintaining cattle, selecting and implementing AI sires, calving and veterinary practices. She also owns and operates a small custom hay service where she does everything from cutting to wrapping bales which she plans to continue in the future.

Thessen is a charter member of the Blair Oaks FFA Chapter, chartered three years ago. She previously served as chapter reporter and secretary. She currently serves as the chapter first vice president. Thessen was a top 10 individual in the state horse evaluation and selection career development event. She also competed in meats evaluation CDE. Thessen attended the Washington Leadership Conference, Public Speaking Academy and Lead, Educate, Advance, Develop Conference for Chapter Officers.

In addition to FFA, Thessen is a two-time varsity letterman in archery, an editor of the Blair Oaks’ Talon Yearbook and a member of the American Sign Language Club. She has been a 10-year member of the Wardsville 4-H Club. Thessen represented her county as the Cole County Fair queen.

After graduating high school, Thessen’s plans include studying animal or plant science, and agricultural business at University of Missouri, Columbia. She said she hopes to work in sales, insurance or genetics.

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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