National FFA Organization last week announced recently that Chelsea resident Guess Leonard has been selected as a national finalist for the National FFA Proficiency Award in Agricultural Sales -Entrepreneurship.
Leonard is one of only four people chosen to compete for this award at the national finals, held during the 90th National FFA Convention and Expo in Indianapolis.
The proficiency awards recognize outstanding student achievement in agribusiness gained through establishment of a new business, working for an existing company or otherwise gaining hands-on career experience. The Agricultural Sales - Entrepreneurship award is one of 47 proficiency program areas in which FFA members can participate to develop valuable experience and leadership skills at their local, state, and national levels.
Guess Leonard is a member of the Sequoyah FFA Chapter and he became eligible for the national award after winning the Oklahoma State FFA competition earlier this year.
In recognition of being a finalist, each of the (four) finalists receives a plaque and $500. The national winner of the Agricultural Sales - Entrepreneurship Award receives an additional $500 during a special ceremony at the National FFA Convention & Expo.
This award is sponsored by Crop Production Services and Valent USA Corporation as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.
Leonard has a small business where he busy and sells woodchip shavings. He officers his products to 4-H and FFA members for livestock breeding.
Through his hard work, he has built a customer base with a product which was already available at other businesses.
Currently enrolled in Rogers State University, Guess plans to become a funeral director and operate a cow and calf herd. He is the son of Sammy and Wade Leonard, and is supported by his FFA advisor, Owen Hossack.
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