Stephenville's Wilson named FFA national Star American finalist
Stephenville FFA's Reese Wilson was recently named a national Star American finalist in Agriscience.
Wilson competed in the Star American program this past spring and was named the Texas FFA Star American in Agriscience. The application was sent to the national summer judging panel and Wilson was determined to be a final four, Star American finalist in Agriscience, according to a social media post from the Stephenville FFA.
Wilson is one of four in the nation to receive this honor and will travel to Indianapolis, Indiana, in late October to compete for the national title of Star American in Agriscience.
Wilson has a long history with Stephenville FFA.
Upon entering middle school, he became active in Jr. FFA and the Meats Evaluation contest. He gained a passion for the FFA organization that pushed him to further his interest in animal science.
"As Reese grew in age and matured, he became more interested in the science of agriculture production and management aspects of his family’s hair sheep operation," the post reads.
This interest in production and maximizing efficiency within the farm sparked his interest in research. The summer before Wilson's freshman year in high school, he decided to undertake an agriscience project, which began his agriscience SAE.
Wilson has conducted research on the effects of protein percentages in feed rations on the pH and nitrate levels in rumen fluid of sheep. He also evaluated the opinions of sheep producers on breeding practices during his time in high school, the post states.
After leaving home to attend college, Wilson accepted a job opportunity as an undergraduate research assistant in the Meat Science Department at Texas Tech University, where he still works while continuing his studies.
In this position, Wilson assists graduate students with lab work for their thesis or dissertations. Some of his job responsibilities have included assisting in meat sample collection at processing plants and conducting moisture analyses of more than 1,000 samples.