Alex Fehlan’s penchant for good record keeping helped him earn recognition May 5 at the Future Farmers of America state convention in Columbus.
The Wellington High School junior’s presentation focused on accounting and took home fourth place among all Ohio juniors and seniors.
“My display emphasized the importance of accounting in everyday life,” Fehlan said. “I had my fiscal record books there for everyone to take a look at. I also discussed how keeping both online and hard copy records is important. Fourth place tells me I can improve on some things but I’m happy with how everything went.”
Fehlan plans to pursue a finance degree and enter the business world but doesn’t want to only focus on accounting.
“Accounting is just an important skill and everyone should have it,” he said. “It’s important for their own financial well-being. Accounting begins with the start of your life. Someone is always looking to organize stuff and compile information in the best way possible. I really like being organized and efficient. I started keeping record books as a freshman and sophomore.”
Two older siblings, Lauren and Eric, helped show Alex the ropes of being an FFA member.
“If you’re outside of FFA it’s really hard to get to know how things go,” he said. “Having people close to me in FFA really gave me a nice head start on what it takes to stand out and go above and beyond. There’s a lot that goes into how it all comes together and it can seem pretty confusing at first.”
On what advice he’d pass along to those just getting started in FFA, Fehlan said no activity is too small to put in the books.
“Keep records and keep them often,” he said. “Input all the information you can and record all of your activities. If you’re feeding animals, record how much feed you’re purchasing. Input the information as soon as you get it. I’ve made the mistake of not recording information on a regular basis. That’s where mistakes occur.”
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