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CHURUBUSCO â€” Senior Colton Geiger has allowed the Future Farmers of America (FFA) program at Churubusco Junior-Senior High School to hone not only his agricultural knowledge, but also his leadership skills.
â€śIâ€™ve had the opportunity to be a leader in so many different areas,â€ť Geiger said. â€śI donâ€™t think I would have had those same opportunities if it wasnâ€™t for FFA.â€ť
Growing up on a farm, Geiger learned early on the hard work it takes to have a successful career in the agricultural arena.
â€śI became passionate about ag because I grew up with it,â€ť he said.
â€śYou have to learn responsibility. Those animals arenâ€™t on an eight-to-five, Monday-through-Friday schedule. Itâ€™s an every day commitment and a lot of hours.â€ť
Geiger has shown animals as part of 4-H. He earned a scholarship to Blackhawk College in Illinios because of his livestock judging skills.
â€śI think FFA and the ag business in general teaches you about work ethic,â€ť said Geiger.
â€śYou put a lot of hours into your animals for months, not seeing the reward until way into the future. That is tough. When we want to have everything right now and in an instant, ag teaches you that sometimes you have to work hard at something before you reap the benefits.â€ť
Outside of his success in the 4-H ring, Geiger positioned himself to be the FFA district president which put him in command of a 16-school competition.
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