Barnhart Wins FFA Grant
The National FFA Organization announced that Mikayla Barnhart of Mercersburg was selected to receive a Career Pathways grant in the amount of $1,000 to initiate or improve Mikayl’s career development experience known as a Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE).
An SAE is a practice application of classroom concepts designed to provide real world experiences and develop skills in agriculturally related career areas. To be eligible, the student must be in grades 7-11, have an SAE and be a member of FFA. Barnhart is a member of the Conococheague FFA chapter and was selected from hundreds of applicants nationwide.
Barnhart’s grant for a Plant Systems SAE is a special project of the National FFA Foundation.
Barnhart is a sophomore at James Buchanan High School and has been a FFA member for several yeas under the supervision of Mr. Hoffeditz. She is the daughter of Chad and Kimberly Barnhart and resides in Little Cove. Her SAE project will be conducted on the Cave Run Farm that has been in her Keefer family for a century.
She is the granddaughter of Bill and Norma Barnhart and great-granddaughter of Ray Keefer of Sylvan. Her Barnhart/Mellott ancestry resided in Fulton County. She is the granddaughter of Joyce Miller Mellott and the late Dennis Mellott of Mc- Connellsburg. Numerous relatives still operate large farms in Fulton County.