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Youth Camp Trip Provided Spark For Proficiency Award Winner

George Frees of the Cass Career Center FFA chapter conducts research into the role gibberelic acid can play in increasing ethanol output from sugarcane. (Photo courtesy of Frees)

One of Missouri’s two proficiency award winners at last month’s National FFA Convention found the inspiration for his project overseas.  George Frees of the Cass Career Center FFA Chapter in Harrisonville picked up top honors in Agriscience Research, Plant Systems, for his research projects into how to increase the amount of ethanol derived from sugarcane.  Frees credits a camp overseas for introducing him to the idea.

Frees launched a pair of projects that looked into the use of gibberellic acid to promote the plant’s development.

Frees now attends the University of Missouri, where he is furthering his research as a Stamps Scholar in the university’s honors college.



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