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  • Roger Sims, Journal Staff

Prairie View FFA member a national finalist

Updated: Aug 10, 2022

Will Sherman, a Prairie View FFA member who graduated in May, has been named one of four national finalists for a meat processing proficiency award. With him at state FFA convention in Manhattan are his parents Amy and Brian Sherman. At that convention he was recognized as the state proficiency award winner in ag processing. (Submitted photo).

After winning a state award in meat processing at the state FFA convention earlier this year, Will Sherman shouldn't have been too surprised. But he was after last week.

The former Prairie View FFA student who graduated in May has been named national finalist in the Agricultural Processing Proficiency Award Area. Sherman has been recognized as one of the top four students in the nation for his Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE).

The winner of the award will be announced at the National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis, Ind., this fall.

"It was definitely a surprise, for sure," he said in an interview at the Linn County Fair where he was helping out on Saturday. "To be in the top four in the nation is something I never thought I would do."

Sherman and his FFA advisor Trenton Smedley credited his experience working at Mound City Butcher Block in developing his meat processing knowledge. Sherman continues to work at the local processing company and plans to continue there full time.

"Will is employed at the Mound City Butcher Block, where he is responsible for processing livestock and game animals and assisting customers with their orders and retail purchases," said Smedley. "This employment is what enabled him to apply for the award."

Smedley said that the Prairie View agricultural education family was very proud of what Sherman has accomplished. He also thanked Brian and Amy Sherman, Will's parents, for their support of agricultural education endeavors.

To learn more about National FFA's Agricultural Proficiency Award Program, visit this link.

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