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  • PATRICK'S PEOPLE: Anissa Zagonel received an FFA scholarship

  • Anissa Zagonel has gotten a lot out of being a member of Girard FFA.

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  • Anissa Zagonel has gotten a lot out of being a member of Girard FFA.
    “Being in FFA has given me more than words can say,” said the 2013 Girard High School graduate.
    One of the things she’s gotten will help pay her way to Kansas State University in the fall. The National FFA Organization has awarded Zagonel a $5,000 Universal Lubricants scholarship.
    “All the seniors in ag class filled out scholarship applications,” Zagonel said. “It’s my favorite class. It teaches real-life things, like filling out applications and leadership skills.”
    Her scholarship is one of 1,645 awarded through the National FFA Organization’s scholarship program this year. A total of 127 sponsors currently contribute more than $2.1 million to support scholarships for students.
    Other Girard FFA students awarded scholarships through State or National FFA were Austin Egbert and Kenzie Curran.
    Zagonel said she’s currently listed as an agriculture business major.
    “That’s a broad major, but I’m not sure yet what specific area I’ll focus on,” she said.
    She is the daughter of Bob and Carolyn Zagonel, who operate Girard Chicken Annie’s.
    “I’ve worked there forever, and still do,” Zagonel said. “I’ve learned good people skills from it.”
    This summer she is also working as an intern with Kayln Parsons at KKOW.
    “I’m helping Kayln with her work, and at the end of the summer we’ll go to the Four State Farm Show and the fairs around the area,” Zagonel said.
    She’s also got plans for October. She, along with Austin Egbert and Kenzie Curran will be attending the National FFA Conference in Louisville, Ky., to compete in the agriculture communication contest.
    “I’m really excited about that,” Zagonel said.
    Her interest in agriculture came about through her family. She said that her father and her brother, Aaron, have done some crop farming. Also, her brother was an ag teacher for several years.
    “My brother encouraged me to take an agriculture introduction class in eighth grade, and I joined FFA in my freshman year,” Zagonel said. “It was one of the best choices I ever made.”
    She feels that many people don’t know much about agriculture or respect how important it is to them.
    “Most people don’t understand that their food comes from somewhere,” Zagonel said. “If you eat, agriculture affects you, and I just want to promote that. Even if I don’t wind up doing anything in agriculture, at the end of my life I want to say that I was an advocate of agriculture and what it does for you.”

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