Wed, 5 October 2022
OFI 1507: Grandpa's Wisdom, A Nudge From A Teacher = An American Star Nomination | FFA SAE Edition | Terrance Crayton | Wetumpka High School FFA
In today's episode, I finally get to the other half of the story. In my previous interviews with Case Edwards, who is an American Star Finalist this year, he has always given all the credit for his accomplishments to a classmate of his named Terrance Crayton. When Case was a sophomore and Terrance was a junior, Terrance approached his FFA advisor and suggested that their chapter have a small engine team. His advisor said, "sounds good, you put it together, teach it and run it" and Terrance did. At Terrance's suggestion this is where Case got his first exposure to small engine repair, and it has now propelled him all the way to being an American Star Finalist in the category of placement.
In and of itself, that is an amazing story, but of course there is more. Terrance is also an American Star Finalist. That is right, both he and Case, will share the stage as American Star Finalists this year at the National FFA Convention. Terrance's category is agribusiness. Since he was in the 9th grade Terrance has been repairing people's equipment and small engines for them. At first he relied on his grandfather to drive him from place to place, but eventually he saved enough of his money to purchase his own pickup which he turned into a service truck for small engine repair.
Terrance's business grew and grew with the help of word of mouth advertising as well as Facebook Marketplace. Today he is studying Ag Education at Auburn University, and this time next year he should be employed as an FFA Advisor. Terrance gives credit to his grandfather's ability to teach mechanics to him for giving him the interest in small engines. He gives credit to a typo on a class schedule that put him in an "Ag" class rather than the "Art" class that he wanted. And he gives credit to his ag teacher who kept nudging him into FFA activities until he finally totally committed and his accomplishments in the FFA really took off.
SUPERVISED AGRICULTURAL EXPERIENCE: Agribusiness
HIGH SCHOOL: Wetumpka High School, Wetumpka, Alabama
FFA ADVISOR: William Norris
CONTACT INFORMATION FOR TERRANCE CRAYTON:
Terrance's FFA Advisors' Email Address: email@example.com
Wetumpka High School's Telephone Number: 334-567-1178
Donate to FFA - One way that FFA students are able to start small businesses is through an FFA grant of $1,000. In 2014, 141 FFA students received these grants. With your donations, more students can get this head start - pay it forward.
REASONS TO DONATE TO FFA:
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack
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