CLINTON — There’s a million links competing for attention on the internet. But one link clicked by Central DeWitt’s FFA Chapter President Skylar Bloom led to a $7,500 prize from Culver’s.
Bloom is the winner of Culver’s national FFA essay contest and the $7,500 prize will provide for some of the chapter travel to the national FFA convention in October. She tackled the question of “As a future ag leader, what do you want people to know about the agriculture industry? How will you help to educate them on the subject?” according to a release from Culver’s.
“I was kind of just thinking about everything that our chapter does. It was really easy for me because I really relate to the topic and what I do (with the chapter) is what I wrote,” Bloom said.
According to Bloom’s FFA Adviser Amy Grantz, she had mentioned the Culver’s FFA contest as something that she was going to submit. When they got the call that Bloom had won, she was surprised. After the initial excitement though, Grantz said winning this contest is just another thing Bloom has done to work hard for the chapter.
“This is her second year serving as the (chapter) president; she has been a tremendous mentor in getting younger kids excited and involved,” Grantz said. “You can really tell a difference with the amount of people that are coming through the door and people that are enrolled in ag class and I think a lot of that credit goes to her.”
Grantz said the price will allow for about 16 members to travel for the trip.
Bloom will be a senior next year and said she’ll continue to work with FFA and is already planning a future life that includes FFA as well.
“Well I kind of want to be an ag teacher because I don’t want to leave this, I love FFA. It’s my passion and I don’t want to go away from it,” Bloom said. “So in the future I want to use what I’ve learned and help make ag programs better and help others so they can get the same experience that I’ve gotten.”
Bloom also will receive recognition at the national FFA convention this October as well.