Three Sweet Springs FFA members win state proficiency awards

Monday, April 30, 2012
Colby Dohrman

COLUMBIA, Mo., April 20, 2011--Two Sweet Springs FFA members, Taylor Loges and Colby Dohrman, won proficiency awards at the 84th Missouri FFA Convention in Columbia, while another, Hope Heaper won a second-place award.

Loges won the Missouri FFA Beef Production Placement while Dohrman won the Missouri FFA Swine Production Placement Proficiency Award.

Heaper received the second-place Missouri FFA Vegetable Production Entrepreneurship and Placement Combined Proficiency Award.

Taylor Loges

Their advisors are Kristen Fenner, and Brent Niemeyer.

Loges, a graduate of Sweet Springs R-VII High School, is the daughter of Doug Loges and Diana Ernst. She is a member of the Sweet Springs FFA Chapter.

Loges' supervised agricultural experience began at home and with her employment at WC Charolais. She is currently employed by Murphy Cattle Company where she is involved in all areas of beef production and spends most of her time working with show cattle. Loges is also responsible for regular vaccinations, feeding programs, clipping and trimming cattle, and evaluating livestock.

Hope Heaper

As an FFA member, Loges has attended National and Missouri FFA conventions and the Washington Leadership Conference. She has shown livestock at the National FFA livestock show as well as the Missouri State Fair. Additionally, Loges has been active in 4-H and National Honor Society.

Loges is currently attending Missouri State University where she is studying agricultural business and animal science.

Dohrman, a senior of Sweet Springs High School, is the son of Dennis and Kathy Dohrman. He is a member of the Sweet Springs FFA Chapter. Dohrman's Supervised Agricultural Experience consists of working on his family's farm. His responsibilities include maintenance of the farm buildings and property. He also feeds all the swine and cares for them before, during, and after pregnancy. He has learned many skills on the job including recordkeeping and feed mixture.

As an FFA member, Dohrman attended state FFA convention, Missouri Pork Institute, and exhibited swine at the Missouri State Fair. He also participates in the Show-Me Quality Assurance Program, National Honor Society, and 4-H.

Heaper, a senior at Sweet Springs R-VII High School is the daughter of Rodney and Sherrie Heaper. She is a member of the Sweet Springs FFA Chapter. Her FFA advisors are Dennis Dohrman, Kristen Fenner, and Brent Niemeyer.

Heaper's Supervised Agriculture Experience began when she working for her sister as a grower manager. Eventually, Heaper claimed ownership of the business, Hopee's Plants. Heaper said that she has learned communication skills through working with producers and buyers. She also has learned key concepts to managing a business through her operation.

As a member of FFA, Heaper has attended national and state FFA conventions, state FFA leadership camp, and participated in the agricultural sales career development event. She also received the Missouri FFA Floriculture Proficiency Award. In addition to FFA, she is the vice president of the National Honor Society, and is involved in student council and Quiz Bowl.

There were 49 proficiency award areas recognized at the state level.

The Missouri FFA has 25,760 members representing 327 chapters.

The national organization has more than 540,000 members representing 7,489 local chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.