Andrew Seitz Wins Area Proficiency Award
Andrew Seitz, of the Fannin County FFA, recently won the Area 1 FFA Proficiency Award in the area of Agricultural sales for his work on tying fly fishing flies. Andrew Seitz is the son of Stephen and Connie Seitz of Suches, Georgia and a sophomore at Fannin County High School.
For the past two years, Andrew has taught himself how to make fly fishing flies to use when trout fishing. He has recently started his own business of selling the fly fishing flies to local customers. He currently makes all types of flies but specializes in nymphs creating many varieties with elk and buffalo hair. In order to receive the proficiency award, Andrew had to fill out paperwork regarding his inventory, record keeping skills, profit or loss sheet, objectives and outcomes, and resume.
Not only did Andrew win the area 1 but he was also a state finalist. He will now advance to the state competition held in Macon, Georgia on April 27, 3018. Here, he will be interviewed by a panel of judges regarding his proficiency application. He will finish in the top three among the state and will walk across the stage at the state convention and be recognized for his accomplishments. A first place win at the state level would advance him to the national competition held in conjunction with the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana in October.
FFA is a national organization of over 600,000 members preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture. FFA is an integral part of the agricultural education program in public schools. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.
Cherie White is the Fannin County FFA advisor. The Proficiency awards are sponsored by the Georgia Development Authority as a special project of the Georgia FFA Foundation.
Pictured above are some of the fly’s that Andrew has made.
A nymph made by Andrew Seitz.
Andrew Seitz working with his vise to make flys.