February SAE Spotlight: Ella Holiman

By: Samantha Conners, Contributing Writer

Mr. Scott Stone and Mrs. Lori Lewis, Centralia FFA advisors, nominated Ella Holiman for the FFA February SAE spotlight. Ella Holiman is a CHS sophomore who is involved in softball and orchestra. Outside of school, she shows horses.

Holiman’s SAE is working at a horse stable as a stable hand, which she has been doing for two years. She chose this SAE because she loves working with horses every day, which has helped her learn about how to care for pregnant mares and how to give wormer and other shots. Her favorite part is working with the foals. Her main goal is learn how to manage an equine boarding facility and increase her knowledge on horses.

According to Holiman, she has gained new responsibilities over time, such as vaccinating horses and deciding how much to feed them. She has also learned about managing a boarding facility and caring for the horses overall. Being in FFA has taught her how to manage her time better and has given her an inside look at jobs in the equine industry.

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 adviser, 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.”

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