Goessel FFA member wins State Proficiency Award

A member of the Goessel FFA was recognized for having one of the best Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) programs in the state at the 94th Kansas FFA Convention on June 1-3.

Riley Graber received a State FFA Proficiency Award in Nursery Operations during the convention for outstanding accomplishments she has made in developing programs that will prepare her for a career in agriculture. This award is sponsored by Kansas FFA Foundation.

The proficiency award program recognizes students for exceptional accomplishments and excellence in an SAE program. This program allows students to set goals and gain real-world experience in a chosen area of the agriculture industry.

Graber began her SAE by becoming the owner of Potted Paradise. She grows several varieties of succulents, house plants and other rare plants. She buys cuttings and nodes, plants them and waits for roots. Once they are rooted, using the principles of design, she creates succulent arrangements. She then sells, advertises and markets her products on multiple platforms. After graduation, Graber will have obtained her associate’s degree and plans to work towards growing her plant business.

Graber is the daughter of Justin and Kristie Graber. Her chapter advisor is Alicia Cox.

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