A Bradford County Dairy Princess, Pennsylvania Miss Brown Swiss, a Pa. FFA (Future Farmers of America) Keystone Degree recipient and now, winner of an FFA State Star Award - Northeast Bradford can be proud of Michala Kuhlman. She has represented this area well.

FFA Star Awards are prestigious and hard to come by - only four are given out each year in the whole state, one for each of four categories: Agricultural Production, Business, Placement and Science.

Michala's award was in Agricultural Production. A senior at Northeast Bradford, she is the first from the school's FFA chapter to receive the honor.

Currently president of the Bradford County FFA, she is able to help coordinate events between the three other schools that have FFA chapters in the county: Athens, Canton and Troy. All four of the county's FFA chapters are to be commended for maintaining active organizations and winning awards. Recently the Canton FFA brought home second place in the landscape competition from the Pa. Farm Show. And, Michala joins a long list of Bradford County FFA members who have achieved state Keystone Degrees.

Michala's experiences with FFA have helped her future look bright - after high school graduation she is hoping to become a state FFA officer. If elected, she'll postpone college for the year to focus on promoting the importance of agriculture and the FFA.

FFA is a worthwhile organization that has helped to enrich the lives of many young members, like Michala. If FFA is available to them, we encourage students to check it out. We agree with Michala that "Too many people think that the FFA is only about farming, and they never look into it because they aren't interested in the industry. … The FFA is much more than that, it can help people learn about interviewing, public speaking, and many other non-farming related skills."