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COLTON GEIGER: Leadership found on the farm

April 16, 2013

Colton Geiger, a senior at Churubusco Junior-Senior High School, attributes his personal development and leadership skills to his time spent in FFA. Photo contributed

CHURUBUSCO — 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.

“I’ve had the opportunity to be a leader in so many different areas,” Geiger said. “I don’t think I would have had those same opportunities if it wasn’t for FFA.”

Growing up on a farm, Geiger learned early on the hard work it takes to have a successful career in the agricultural arena.

“I became passionate about ag because I grew up with it,” he said.
“You have to learn responsibility. Those animals aren’t on an eight-to-five, Monday-through-Friday schedule. It’s an every day commitment and a lot of hours.”

Geiger has shown animals as part of 4-H. He earned a scholarship to Blackhawk College in Illinios because of his livestock judging skills.

“I think FFA and the ag business in general teaches you about work ethic,” said Geiger.

“You 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.”

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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