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By Travis Sloat

Serving as president of the Jay FFA chapter is an office filled with responsibility. For Rhett Arnold, it’s the skills he’s learned in the program that have ultimately equipped him to lead it.

“FFA teaches you how to work with others and how to lead,” Arnold said. “And on top of all that, there’s something for everyone in FFA. A lot of people thing it’s just about showing, and while that’s a major part, you can relate any interest into FFA.”

Arnold is not only the chapter president, but has taken home several awards for his service, speech and showing abilities. He shows Duroc pigs, which he said takes a lot of hard work.

“Their food is constantly changing based on what they need to look like or do,” he said. “They need to be cleaned, cooled and/or heated depending on the time of the year. Working with them is also important. Training them on your actions and how to respond to you while you’re walking. And all the months of training and hard work comes down to five minutes in the show ring.”

In his free time, Arnold designs and builds custom guitars. For most high school students, that would be enough, but Arnold has built an electric guitar for Dwight Yoakam’s lead guitarist, Eugene Edwards.

When asked about his final year and the legacy he wants to leave at Jay, Arnold got a little emotional.

“It’s crazy to hear those words,” he said. “It seems like I should still be in elementary school. No matter what office you have or whatever position you are in throughout life, I think it’s extremely important to just be nice to people.”

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