Introducing Kaylin Kleckner, Our 2017 FFA Scholarship Winner

In keeping with its commitment to agricultural education and leadership, Red Barn Media Group/Advanced Content awarded a $1,000 scholarship to a deserving member of the National Future Farmers of America (FFA) Organization. Given through the National FFA Scholarship Program, the 2017 Red Barn Media Group recipient is Kaylin Kleckner of Ocala, Florida.

Kaylin Kleckner

Kaylin Kleckner

A senior at West Port High School in Ocala, Kleckner joined FFA in sixth grade. She held leadership roles in the organization throughout high school, most recently serving as chapter president of the West Port FFA and president of the Marion County FFA chapter. In 2016, Kleckner travelled to Washington, DC, to attend FFA’s annual Washington Leadership Conference. During the 2017-18 school year, she has been selected to guide statewide activities as a Florida FFA officer. This year of service will allow her to give back to the FFA program and forward the its mission.

“FFA has been an important part of my high school experience,” Kleckner says. “I never realized before I joined FFA how important the agriculture industry is and how much our country relies on it.”

Kleckner, who grew up in suburban Ocala, participated in FFA via West Port’s farm lab, showing hogs and cattle owned by her chapter. Over the years, she saved her own money and purchased an Angus steer (that she named Johnny Cash) to show during her senior year. “Raising my own steer helped me understand a small portion of what farmers really go through,” she says. “It was an amazing opportunity.”

Her efforts were rewarded. Kleckner won Senior Steer Showmanship at the 2016 Southeastern Youth Fair in Ocala. She credits her experience in FFA for her passion for agri-science and plans to use her scholarship for tuition at the University of Florida, where she will study microbiology and animal science. From there, the 18-year old aspires to earn a master’s degree and doctorate in animal science.

“The scholarship will allow me to attend college and also take on new opportunities, such as studying abroad,” she says. “I’m incredibly thankful for this award.”

This marks the sixth consecutive year that Red Barn Media Group/Advanced Content, a content development company and publisher of AGCO’s FarmLife, myFarmLife.com, Performance Agronomy, and BALE, has awarded a scholarship through the National FFA Organization.

“Kaylin Kleckner is a wonderful example of how FFA invests in the lives and livelihood of America’s agricultural community,” says Red Barn owner and publisher, Bruce Thomas. “The future of farming and agricultural science rests in the hands of this generation. We are proud to support and encourage the education of outstanding young people like Kaylin.”

Kleckner is one of 1,888 recipients of the 2017 National FFA Organization’s scholarship program. Recipients were selected from 8,337 applicants from across the country. Selections were based on the applicant’s leadership, academic record, FFA and other school and community activities, supervised agricultural work or experience in agricultural education, and future goals. Currently, 115 sponsors contribute more than $2.7 million to support scholarships for students.

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