Mon, 27 December 2021
OFI 1265: A Workaholic For The Community And Environment | FFA SAE Edition | Tristan Wirkus | Stratford High School FFA
Fresh off of the high of the National FFA Convention I returned home to my studio and can you believe it, my very first interview with was with Tristan Wirkus, who had just one a National Proficiency Award!
There is literally so much good going on at the National Convention that I just cannot keep up. My interview with Tristan has been on the calendar for weeks. What great luck for me that he won the national proficiency in Environmental Science & Natural Resources Management. Tristan has an absolute passion for the environment and the green spaces in his hometown of Stratford, Wisconsin. This, in combination with the fact that his mother is an FFA advisor led him into this incubator that we call the FFA.
Since that initial participation in the 6th Grade Tristan's experience has grown and grown. This ultimately led him to coordinating with dozens of stakeholders in Stratford to get trees planted throughout the city and along their Heritage Trail, and this ultimately led to the city receiving the designation of "Tree City USA". If this were not enough, Tristan went to work testing water quality in a local pond so that changes could be made to make the pond conducive to a healthy fish population. Once this was done the local police department started a "Cops And Bobbers" program to teach kids how to fish there.