Nick Duft

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Nick Duft

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Our very own Nipomo FFA student Nick Duft has won the Forest Management Proficiency Contest. This means Duft has won at the chapter, regional, and now state levels. Since winning state, Duft will continue onto nationals, and possibly even the world competition.

Duft’s success at the FFA State Competition was no fluke whatsoever. “Nick is a great student,” Mrs. Paulisich said; “he’s hard working, [and he’s] very attentive to detail.”

Over the pass two seasons, Duft has been working at Holloway’s  Christmas, learning skills and traits that aided him in his portfolio.

“He made over 1400 dollars,” Mrs. Ready says; “it helped with his Forestry project, that’s for sure.”

Mrs. Ready went into long detail in the long-going process of Duft’s State Champion project, one of which he worked constantly on his portfolio: “Once he completed his portfolio,” says Ready, “he had to submit a comprehensive application. This determined if he was most qualified to move on.”

Duft, after reviewal of his application, was selected as a finalist. Along with his portfolio, Duft traveled to Anaheim last April for the title of State Champion. Each finalist after arrival begins an interview process, where Duft presented that his portfolio, his long tenured assignment. He did not falter.

“His overall portfolio was the best, raised the most money, and that’s why he deserved to be State Champion,” says Mrs. Ready.

Duft had to say that he felt very accomplished and rewarded for his hard work. This has been an ongoing competition and lots of time, so finally getting recognized on such a big level is something that Duft enjoys.

“I’m very happy with winning state and am looking forward to the upcoming competition, hopefully soon I will have the world title under my belt.”

Regardless of the outcome at the National FFA Competition, Duft’s winning and humble spirit is truly a sight to see; his hard work will take him far, not just in this competition, but much farther in life.