William Maltbie – FFA – Burlington High School
THEN: An eighth-grader enrolled in agricultural education. The Burlington High School FFA adviser Travis Bradshaw encouraged William Maltbie to join FFA, which allowed him to travel nationally and internationally. The winner of three national proficiency awards and the 2015 American Star in Agribusiness national championship, William may be the most decorated Oklahoma FFA member on the national level. Agricultural education and FFA helped William
- Learn how to give back to his community.
- Learn skills such as machine maintenance, welding, public speaking, taking care of livestock, operating a successful business and interviewing.
- Develop time management, record-keeping and communication skills, which he says directly correlate to his success in business and school.
- Travel to Costa Rica to tour farms after winning the FFA Turf Grass Management Proficiency award.
- Develop and run his own business, Maltbie Lawn Care.
NOW: Studying agribusiness at Oklahoma State University, William plans to graduate in May 2016. He operates his own business, Maltbie Lawn Care, and hopes someday to work for John Deere. He also hopes someday to return to run the family farm.
"I have been able to use the skills I have learned to change my life and make something of myself. Not only did I learn skills but also I gained a network of friends and leaders I can rely on."
Oklahoma State University