MEET THE CONTEST FINALISTS
We are excited to announce the Rooted in Farming contest grand prize winner, Andrew Lauver. Andrew is a fifth-generation farmer and FFA alumnus. Farming has taught him the importance of hard work, community involvement, personal tenacity, time management, negotiation skills and a strong sense of land stewardship. Agriculture and FFA run in Andrew’s blood: His grandpa was one of the charter members of his local FFA chapter, South Central Calhoun, in Rockwell City, Iowa.
Kristen Dunham, runner-up, grew up around agriculture with a passion for horses, which led her to discover FFA. Kristen’s life story is inspirational. As a young girl, Kristen struggled with school before finding FFA in Neodesha, Kansas. Through hard work, and the companionship of her horse, Red, Kristen climbed to the top of her graduating class and attended college through well-earned scholarships. Today, Kristen is a proud cattle business owner, and advocates for ag education so the world can become more sustainable.
Runner-up Ty Neal was first exposed to FFA in seventh grade in his home state of Montana. He did not know at the time that years later, he’d be attending college with a focus on agriculture education teaching as a result of his involvement with FFA. Since graduating from Montana State University, Ty has influenced thousands of students at Lodge Grass High School as a teacher and FFA advisor, helping to educate the next generation of farmers — all while being a farmer himself.
Meghan Spahr, runner-up, is a go-getter and current FFA member in Wayne, Nebraska. Meghan has utilized the skills she learned in FFA to help not only form her future career path, but also to help her dad and grandpa become more efficient in their respective agriculture operations. She has a keen awareness that the skills learned through FFA can be utilized beyond ag. Meghan views her fellow FFA members as some of the next big thinkers and leaders in the ag industry.