Hard work and determination led to four students being recognized as the winners of the Indiana FFA Star awards.
The Stars Over Indiana were honored Wednesday during the 85th Indiana FFA State Convention.
Goss, from Cloverdale FFA, was named the Star in Agricultural Placement. Her FFA advisers were Tiffany Douglass and Chelsey Meluch.
Her work in nursery operations, agricultural sales and diversified livestock placement led to her receiving the award.
Goss, the daughter of Gordon and Rachel, works at her high school as greenhouse manager. She also works at Rolling Meadows Plant Farm, Goss Oil Co., as well as her family’s cattle, sheep, swine, chicken and rabbit farm.
“I didn’t think it was me when I heard my name announced,” Goss said. “I am thankful for my family and advisers for helping me receive this high recognition.”
Trennepohl, from Shenandoah FFA, was awarded the Star Farmer for her work with cattle. Trennepohl’s adviser is Melissa Lovett.
Trennepohl, the daughter of Scott and Judy, built her student agricultural experience around her passion for shorthorn show cattle. She has increased the size and quality of her herd to about 30 cattle through selective breeding and an aggressive nutrition and health program.
Trennepohl said she felt pure joy when she found out she received the award.
“There is a lot of hard work and responsibility that goes into this and knowing everything you did paid off is pretty great,” she said. “I’m thankful to everyone who helped me get to this point.”
The Star in Agribusiness was awarded to Ladd, a Rossville FFA member. Ladd received the award for his work in agriculture mechanics. He has worked in equipment repair and construction and grown his business over the past four years.
Ladd has a large customer base and hopes to continue the business as an adult.
The Star in AgriScience was awarded to Cadle, a Paoli FFA member. His advisers are Kerry Hyatt and Cory Scott.
Cadle received a gold rating in the National FFA Convention Agriscience Fair for his program. The son of Danny and Kathryn, Cadle has received many awards at national and international competitions. Next year, he plans to apply to the national STAR award and compete for Stars Over America.
Cadle’s research has included exploring ways to improve the nutrition aspects of forage feeds for cattle, especially during crisis weather times. He has used his own cattle in the research.
“I was kind of expecting it because of success I’ve had at other levels, but it’s still nice to be recognized as a Star Over Indiana,” Cadle said. “You may think you are favored but you never know. It’s nice to be recognized here and at the end of my senior year.”