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Meet the National Proficiency Winner in Turf Grass Management- William Maltbie of Burlington

Sat, 23 Oct 2010 7:18:52 CDT

Meet the National Proficiency Winner in Turf Grass Management- William Maltbie of Burlington For the second year in a row, Oklahoma had a dominating presence in the National Proficiency Awards that are selected and presented at the National FFA Convention each fall. In 2009, Oklahoma had the most National Finalists who competed in Indianapolis- and the most National Winners. That was repeated in 2010, as Oklahoma had a total of 22 National Finalists in the 47 Proficiency Award areas- and eight of those young men and ladies were declared the National winner in their category. California and Illinois were each able to claim five National Proficiency awards apiece, while Georgia, Nebraska and Wisconsin managed three apiece.

The 2010 National Proficiency Award in Turf Grass is William Maltbie of the Burlington FFA Chapter.

Growing up in Oklahoma, William Maltbie dreamed of driving a tractor. His dad, however, told the future Burlington FFA Chapter member that he would have to settle with driving the family lawnmower. For Maltbie, that was all it took to spark his interest in turf grass management. Beginning with eight lawns, he is now caring for 30. He meets with each client at the beginning of each mowing season, outlining the expectations. For Maltbie, the customer is always right. He tells us that one day he would like to work for a company like John Deere as a design engineer. He was also one of ten NATIONAL Agri-Entrepreneurs that were honored at this year's convention.

Our coverage of the Oklahoma FFA members at the 2010 National FFA Convention is a service of the Oklahoma FFA Alumni Association- click here for details about the Alumni Association and the Oklahoma FFA Association.

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