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Warnken Named National Winner

Warnken Named National Winner
Posted on 11/23/2015
National FFA Organization Names Schulenburg Resident 2015 Equine Proficiency Winner Louisville, Ky. 
(Friday October 30, 2015/National FFA Organization) – Kaine Warnken of the Schulenburg FFA was named the national winner of the Equine Science – Entrepreneurship Proficiency Award at the 88th National FFA Convention & Expo on October 30th in Louisville, KY.
  
Kaine has worked on his roping skills for years, and his dedication to the rodeo industry is starting to pay off. He now selects and trains horses on his own, and his herd has grown to seven horses. Striving to provide superior customer service skills, he works hard to always communicate effectively with his clients. His superior roping skills landed him a full scholarship to Wharton Jr. College as a team roper.
  
Each year at the National FFA Convention & Expo, a national winner is honored in each of the 49 proficiency areas.  Proficiency awards are based on outstanding agricultural skills and competencies through completion of a supervised agricultural experience program. A required activity in FFA, an SAE allows students to learn by doing by either owning and operating an agricultural business, working or serving an internship at an agriculture-based business or conducting an agriculture-based scientific experiment and reporting results. Other requirements to achieve the award include demonstrating top management skills; completing key agricultural education, scholastic and leadership requirements. 

Each proficiency area has four National finalist from throughout the U.S. that are nominated by a panel of judges to interview during the national convention and expo.  Each National Finalist is awarded a $500 award and the National Winner is awarded an additional $500 award.  Kaine is supported by his parents, Kevin and Sandra, and his FFA advisors, Brad Lux, Shaye Beasley and Amy Hartman. This award is sponsored by Red Brand.

The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 629,367 student members who belong to one of 7,757 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

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About National FFA Organization: The National FFA Organization is a national youth organization of 629,367 student members as part of 7,757 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. The National FFA Organization operates under a federal charter granted by the 81st United States Congress and it is an integral part of public instruction in agriculture. The U.S. Department of Education provides leadership and helps set direction for FFA as a service to state and local agricultural education programs. For more, visit the National FFA Organization online at FFA.org, on Facebook, Twitter and the official National FFA Organization blog.

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