- Special Sections
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.
âIâve had the opportunity to be a leader in so many different areas,â Geiger said. âI donât think I would have had those same opportunities if it wasnât for FFA.â
Growing up on a farm, Geiger learned early on the hard work it takes to have a successful career in the agricultural arena.
âI became passionate about ag because I grew up with it,â he said.
âYou have to learn responsibility. Those animals arenât on an eight-to-five, Monday-through-Friday schedule. Itâs an every day commitment and a lot of hours.â
Geiger has shown animals as part of 4-H. He earned a scholarship to Blackhawk College in Illinios because of his livestock judging skills.
âI think FFA and the ag business in general teaches you about work ethic,â said Geiger.
âYou 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
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.
To read the rest of this story, see the April 16 issue of The Post and Mail. Don't have a subscription? Call (260) 244-5153 or subscribe to our e-edition. For breaking news, sports updates and additional coverage, bookmark the homepage and find us on facebook and twitter.