State FFA Degree winner: Boehmer: FFA provides chance to develop good work ethic
Christian Boehmer, of Alma, has learned several lessons as a Santa Fe High School FFA member.
"I've learned how to keep a good work ethic and about recordkeeping," he said. "There are so many things that we participate in and we do."
On April 19, Boehmer, son of Chris and Leslie Boehmer, received the State FFA Degree at the Missouri FFA Convention in Columbia.
He joined FFA as a freshman in high school.
"FFA is kind of a big deal here at Santa Fe and it was kind of a thing to do," he said. "We live in a farming community so it just makes sense to be in the FFA."
Boehmer said being involved in FFA is a good experience for any student.
"You learn a lot in your normal school classes, but these are things you can probably use for the rest of your life," he said. "It's not bookwork and stuff like that."
Of all the activities, one of his favorites has been the washer tournament the chapter puts on during FFA Week.
His Supervised Agriculture Experience (SAE) is Turf Grass Management. For four years he has worked for Vandiver Lawn Care, working long hours during the spring and summer.
"We just do all kind of lawn care needs," he said. "We mow, we edge, lawn and garden stuff, we spray chemicals and fertilize. We also put in new yards."
Mowing lawns from as far away as Higginsville and Concordia has taught him many things about lawn care.
"I've learned a lot of the business side too and how to deal with customers -- stuff like that," he said.
His work, including mowing lawns on his own his freshman year, has earned him proficiency awards in Turf Grass Management Entrepreneurship and Turf Grass Management Placement.
He has also been a member of two contest teams: Horses and Forestry.
In addition to FFA, Boehmer has been on the Santa Fe baseball and basketball teams and is a member of SADD, FCA, Chiefs Club and Science Club.
He is a member of Victory Christian Fellowship in Waverly, where he is a member of youth group and serves as an usher. He is also a member of the Alma Volunteer Fire Department.
When he has spare time, he likes to hunt, fish and trap. This year, he earned money selling furs after trapping coons, bobcats, foxes, otters and beavers during the seasons.
Next fall, he will attend the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, where he plans on on majoring in Crop Science or Ag Business.