Catawba College Student Wins National Award
November 7, 2008
Catawba College first-year student, Lori Beth Fraley of Cleveland, was named a national winner during the National FFA Convention, held in October in Indianapolis, Indiana. She was recognized as the national winner of the Agricultural Sales – Placement Proficiency Award for her work while a member of the West Rowan High School’s FFA Chapter. Fraley's FFA advisors at West Rowan were Jason Chester and Clark Adams.
According to a press release provided by the National FFA Organization, the proficiency awards "recognize outstanding student achievement in agribusiness gained through establishment of a new business, working for an existing company or otherwise gaining hands-on career experience." The release explains that Fraley works alongside her parents, Cindy and Von Fraley, in the hydraulic distribution company they own and operate, and utilizes her customer service and communication skills to help the business succeed. The company is the only East Coast distributor of HARSH hydraulics. Working in it, Fraley makes sales calls, develops displays for trade shows and helps customers select proper equipment for their needs.
The National FFA Organization, formerly known as the Future Farmers of America, is a national youth organization of more than 500,000 student members, all preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture. The organization changed to its present name in 1988 in recognition of the growth and diversity of agriculture and agricultural education. Its mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.