Rob Losee of Watertown, member of the Woodbury FFA (For the Future of Agriculture) Chapter at the Ellis Clark Regional Agriscience and Technology Program at Nonnewaug High School, has recently been named a National Finalist for the National FFA Proficiency Award Program.
Rob, who recently graduated from Nonnewaug in June, previously was named the state winner for his outstanding Supervised Agricultural Experience Project in the area of Nursery Operations. Rob’s work experience project consisted of working at Planter’s Choice Nursery in Watertown for the past 4 years. Rob is currently attending the University of Connecticut in Storrs majoring in Horticulture.
This last spring, along with 12 other Woodbury FFA members, Rob compiled his four years of records and business information concerning his excellent project and filled out the 20 page FFA Proficiency Award Application.
After each of these 12 students was named as state winners and each receiving a check for $250, their applications were sent on to National FFA Judging in August. Rob was named a National Finalist in the category of Nursery Operations. Rob is one of only four students in the entire country to earn this honor in Nursery Operations. Rob will now be traveling to Louisville, KY this October to attend the 88th National FFA Convention, and will be interviewed by horticulture industry professionals along with the other three national finalists in his area of Nursery Operations to determine the overall national winner. In recognition of being named a national finalist, Rob will receive a plaque and $300.
If he is chosen as the national winner in Indianapolis later this fall, he will receive an additional $500 during a special ceremony held during the FFA National FFA Convention.