Future Farmers: Following her teachers

Leeann Johnston

Because of the FFA teachers at Rigby High School, student Leann Johnston wants to become one.

“Mr. Hale can definitely teach anyone so that they understand,” she said. “He has motivated me to accomplish things and has made a big impact on my life.”

She credits Robert Hale with helping her with a Soils Supervised Agricultural Experience. She won first place with her project. Soils is one of Leann’s favorite subjects.

“It’s really hard to pick which subject is my favorite because all of them have been a lot of fun, but if I had to, I’d pick soils because I’ve made a lot of friends there and it’s fun to get down and dirty and play in the soil,” she said.

Her team won first at the annual Idaho State Rangeland Assessment and State Soils judging Career Development Event in Burley last fall. Plus she won seventh individually. The first place win advanced the team to the Western Nationals in Hailey where they placed tenth.

The daughter of Jeri and Jon Johnston of Rigby is 16 and a junior and her FFA chapter’s reporter and is taking classes in parliamentary procedure where she is learning how to run a meeting.

“We’ve learned how to work together as a team and to be able to speak in public,” she said.

She’s also competed in Richmond, Utah, at the Black and White Days where her team competed against about seven other teams from across the country.

This year she’s enrolled in a nursery landscape Supervised Agricultural Experience where she is learning about plants and landscaping.

“Landscape drawing is interesting because we use an architect scale to measure different things,” she said.

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