The Parker FFA program was recognized with top honors at the state level. Kaitlyn Humeumptewa, a sophomore at Parker High School, was one of the finalists from across the state for the Arizona FFA State Star Greenhand Award. This award is given to the outstanding Freshman FFA member in areas of their supervised agricultural experience, academic excellence and FFA participation. Each year, the Arizona Association FFA recognizes its top “up and coming” freshman students from the prior school year.
The association presented the award to Kailtyn on Sept. 25. The last time a Parker FFA member was awarded this title was Ryan McGuire in 2002.
Kaitlyn’s supervised agricultural experience involves many different kinds of projects, including raising and showing market steers, market lambs, market hogs and ten acres of alfalfa forage crop production. In order to be selected for this award, Kaitlyn completed an extensive application. Then was selected as a finalist and completed a one-hour interview with agricultural industry partners from across the state.
During the interview, Kaitlyn showcased how she managed the cost of inputs on her ten-acre alfalfa project, completed water request with the Bureau of Indian Affairs irrigation office, and the day to day individual needs of her animal projects, such as feed ration and rotation of her different types of feeds to achieve optimum growth of each specie.
During Kaitlyn’s freshman year, she invested 693 hours in her supervised agricultural experiences, FFA activities and community service projects. Her projects have taught her valuable skills of managing a business that will one day assist her in pursuing a career in agriculture. Kaitlyn enjoys sharing her knowledge she has obtained with others and serving her community.
“As Kaitlyn’s FFA Advisor, I would like to congratulate her on this award,” Parker High FFA Advisor Dawn McGuire said. “It is very hard to win this award on the state level. She has worked very hard to get to this point and I am truly proud of her success. I would also like to congratulate her parents, Anson & Jackie Humeumptewa. They have done an outstanding job teaching Kaitlyn about the agricultural industry and have spent many hours on the road getting to livestock shows.”
Of her award, Kaitlyn said, “I would like to thank everyone that was involved as I have worked very hard to achieve this award and it’s something that I have always wanted.”