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MSHS graduate earns State FFA's top honor

Matt Rowlette of the Madison Southern High School FFA Chapter was named the State Star in Agribuisness at a special ceremony as part of the 90th State FFA Convention today in Lexington. The State Star in Agribuisness is the highest honor Kentucky FFA can award to a member. The award is based on the student’s work with their Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) Program, FFA involvement, and community service. In addition to an application detailing his four years in FFA, Matt completed an interview in front of a panel of agricultural leaders from across the state. 

Matt started his lawn care business in 2015 and has been serving Berea and the surrounding areas since. Currently, he has contracts with 40 customers where he provides weekly mowing, adds and renovates landscaping and provides leaf and snow removal.

As a member of the Madison Southern FFA, he has exhibited projects at the State Fair and participated in the Turf and Lawn Care Impromptu speaking contest. He volunteers in his community by helping with set up and tear down for the Berea Spoonbread Festival.

Matt is a recent graduate of Madison Southern High School. He is the son of Sandy and David Rowlette of Berea. His FFA advisors are Kevin Anderson and Janna Cline.  

Kentucky FFA is an organization of nearly 14,000 middle and high school students enrolled in Agricultural Education courses. The organization currently has 155 chapters in 115 counties. Nationally, FFA has more than 629,000 members in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. 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.