By: Gracie Stains, Contributing Writer
The Centralia High School FFA advisors nominated senior, Annamarie Stone, as Supervised Agriculture Education (SAE) Spotlight for December.
Stone is the daughter of Scott and Jeannette Stone.
Stone has a diversified SAE consisting of entrepreneurship, agriscience research and agriculture communications.
The entrepreneurship part of Stone’s SAE consists of selling mums and garden flowers, as well as raising, selling and showing livestock at local fairs. Stone says the biggest part of her entrepreneurship SAE is her small business, Stoney Creek Meats and More. She has been working on the Stoney Creek Meats and More portion of her SAE project since the summer before her freshman year of high school.
For the agriscience research component of her SAE, Stone has conducted four different research projects. Stone’s projects cover poultry and social aspects of high school students for her research projects.
Stone also assists in taking pictures at fairs and other activities throughout the year, as well as creating sales posts for social media.
After high school, Stone has dreams of becoming a State FFA Officer. “With that being said, I plan on pursuing a degree in agriculture education and getting my teacher certification at the University of Missouri. Then one day find myself back in the classroom being an agriculture teacher,” Stone states.
Stone joined FFA because she is passionate about the agriculture industry and loves all the things that FFA has to offer to their students. Stone explains, “It was kind of a no-brainer for me as to whether or not I was going to join FFA as my dad is the advisor.” The things Stone enjoys most about FFA is “the connections and friendships that are formed throughout the time in the blue jacket.” She loves meeting new people whether they are from CHS, our district, state or nation.
Through her SAE, Stone has learned how to keep records, make meaningful connections with people and how to develop marketing plans. Stone has also developed other skills such as keeping plants and chickens alive, learned to take good photos and how to track data.