By: Madison Smith, Contributing Writer
Dallas Lewis was nominated for the March SAE Spotlight. He is a sophomore at Centralia High School and is involved in cross country, basketball and track.
Lewis’s SAE is to bale and sell straw. During his SAE, Lewis works to produce as many bales as possible and sell all of them by the beginning of the next season. He has been working on his SAE for three years. Lewis chose this SAE because he helps his dad in the summer and gets money from the straw they bale. He is responsible for selling all the straw and trying to make a profit. “I have managed to make a profit every year that I have done my project, which is a pretty big success,” said Lewis. He has learned through his SAE how to talk to people and advertise his product. He has also learned how to keep better track of money and keep records.
The objective of a Supervised Agricultural Experience is to work with educational programs to better prepare FFA students for their future careers. The simple skills such as communication and patience will help them succeed in life. Scott Stone, FFA advisor, says he has his students do an SAE for the learning experience. He says they can explore any career interest they may have and even find a field they might not want to follow. Stone said, “I hope they all have the chance to earn a profit, but I hope they can learn what areas they are interested in as a potential career.”
Lewis has learned many valuable lessons from FFA and will continue to work hard on his SAE to help prepare him for the future.