Two of the hardest working Yelm High School FFA members were honored last month during the 90th Washington FFA Convention with State Star Farmer recognition.
Recent Yelm graduate Rebecca Griffin and junior John Paul Scotto were two of the four 2020 Washington Star winners this year. Paul Scotto took home recognition as the Washington Star in Placement and Griffin took home Washington Star Farmer.
Yelm advisor Matt Mounts said Griffin and Scotto’s accomplishments mark the second and third time the program has ever had state Star Farm winners since 1944.
For Griffin, who last year was named Washington State Angus Queen, work on her market project began her freshman year when she began raising cattle, she said in a recent interview with the Washington State FFA program.
Her family now has more than 30 head of registered shorthorn and cattle.
Since she first began raising cattle, she’s been able to grow into the business with her family, she said.
“My dad and my uncle, they started from a lot of nothing and we all kind of worked our way up together,” she said. “I love that it’s a family business and we’re able to go to Easter and barbecues and we’re all just talking about what our herds are doing and how our programs are working for ourselves.”
At last year’s Thurston County Fair, Griffin took home 11 ribbons, including grand champion in senior showman and reserve champion in market steer.
Scotto has worked countless hours in his family’s business, Scotto Custom Harvesting, and received his state degree this year after working more than 2,000 hours and producing more than 2,300 tons of hay, according to Yelm FFA.
He’s since earned more than $67,000 over the four years he’s worked with his family on his project and has since invested those funds to purchase partial ownership of his family’s business.
Scotto said most of their business involves working on contracting work with the state, which can get very competitive.
“The key to success is to keep going, never stop and fulfill your dreams,” Scotto said.
Full interviews with these two individuals can be found at the Washington FFA’s Facebook page.