Experience paves way for agra-business career
Story and photo by Clarke Davis
The Jefferson West FFA Chapter members will celebrate National FFA Week starting Monday by showing their appreciation to the faculty.
“It’s an inservice day for teachers so we are providing food and snacks for them throughout the day,” FFA President Kelby Mestagh said.
Members will call attention to the special week with various themes each day. A&E’s “Duck Dynasty” Tuesday will be followed by “Wild West” Wednesday. Members will don the blue and gold jackets Thursday, and Friday is flannel day.
One of their biggest spring events is a “Day on the Farm” that will be staged on the school grounds April 19. All third-grade students in the county schools are invited to attend.
The president said they truck in farm animals and set up corrals at the ag. building. They are joined by implement dealers, seed dealers, and other businesses who will provide seminars, such as lawn mower safety.
Mestagh is a junior who was first exposed to an agriculture class taught by Steve Buss in eighth grade. Agra-business is his chosen field of occupation and his choice of colleges will depend on his first love, baseball.
He’s itchin’ to be back on the diamond with the Tigers who won a ticket to the state 4A tournament last spring.
Kelby’s parents are Michael Mestagh, McLouth, and Susan Thompkinson, Meriden. He has always gone to Jefferson West schools, but is active in both communities. He’s been able to keep horses and other 4-H projects at his father’s place in McLouth and is a member of the Crackerjacks 4-H Club located in that community.
His 4-H activities have included showing horses and dairy cattle and he participates in shooting sports. These experiences have helped sharpen his skills in dairy and poultry judging in FFA competition.
He credits FFA with giving him opportunities to learn leadership skills and experience in public speaking. It has also given direction for a career choice. As for choosing a college, well that’s going to depend on which one entices him with a baseball scholarship.
He gave up calf roping and team roping to spend more time at either first base or the pitcher’s mound during the summer months. During christmas break he attended a “baseball factory” at the Pittsburg Pirates’ spring training camp in Florida.
Kelby is only 16 years old, but he’s got things pretty well planned out.
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