Holt mows lawns, works at research farm

Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Slater FFA member Travis Holt worked at Pioneer Seed research during high school.

Travis Holt decided to join FFA while he was signing up for Slater High School classes before his freshman year.

"In 8th grade they had some upperclassmen come talk to us about everything, and we asked them questions," he said. "Everything they did sounded pretty interesting, so I decided to try it out. I liked it, so I stuck with it."

In April, Holt, the son of Randy and Mary Holt, was the only Slater student to receive the 2012 State FFA Degree at the Missouri FFA Convention in Columbia.

Now, just finishing his freshman year at Missouri Valley College, Holt would recommend FFA to incoming high school freshman.

"You meet a lot of people through FFA (by) going to contests and all the events," he said. "It's really fun."

Holts enjoyed competing in Career Development Events.

"My favorite was the Meats team," he said, which placed in the top 20 in state his sophomore year. He qualified for state competition in Farm Management as a junior and Livestock as a senior.

For his Supervised Agriculture Experience during high school, Holt mowed lawns in Slater all summer and worked in the fields at Pioneer Research near Miami from mid-June through the end of July.

Besides FFA, Holt spent a lot of time participating in school activities including football, basketball, baseball and track. He was also a member of S- Club, National Honor Society, the A-plus program and was named FFA Barnwarming King as a junior. He is a member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Marshall.

In his spare time, Holt hangs out with friends or his girlfriend. He also enjoys playing video games and sports.

Holt, who plays free safety for the MVC football team, is majoring in nonprofit management.