Fuehring shows pigs as an FFA member
Kyle Fuehring, a 2011 graduate of Sweet Springs High School, joined FFA as a high school freshman after talking to upperclassmen.
"They told me there were a lot of opportunities and it gave me a lot of chances to get active and get involved," he said.
Kyle, the son of Robert and Dana Fuehring of rural Sweet Springs, was one of four Sweet Springs FFA members who received the State FFA Degree in April at the Missouri FFA Convention.
His SAE (Supervised Agriculture Activity) was taking care of cattle on their family farm and showing pigs during the summer.
The SAE has helped teach him responsibility and "how I have to take care of things to get them," he said.
Being a member of FFA has also taught him several things including better leadership and social skills.
Through his four years, Kyle said his favorite activity was Career Development Event (CDE) contests.
"It gives you a chance to compete with others and you can interact with others," he said. During his four years in FFA he was on two teams that qualified for state competition: Ag Sales and Soils. He also was part of the Entomology and Poultry teams.
Just as he once talked to upperclassmen, Kyle said he would definitely recommend FFA to younger members.
"It's a great way to get active in activities and you get to meet a lot of new people," he said.
He held several FFA offices through the years, including junior advisor his senior year. He also served as assistant secretary as a sophomore and sentinel as a junior.
As an FFA member, Kyle received several awards including several for proficiency in Swine Entrepreneurship.
He was very active in other activities as well. He was a member of the football, baseball and basketball teams and was a member of FCA, S-Club, Student Council, National Honor Society and FBLA. His senior year he served as president of NHS and FBLA.
He currently serves as president of Liberty 4-H.
His hobbies include being outdoors and taking care of livestock.
This fall Kyle plans on attending State Fair Community College to major in Ag Business.
"After I'm there for two years I want to transfer to a four year school," he said, although he hasn't decided which one yet.