MILLERSBURG — John Hughes, current senior of West Holmes High School and active member in the West Holmes FFA, has been named a national finalist in Dairy Entrepreneurship Proficiency.

In order to become a finalist, he had to keep meticulous records and go through a series of evaluations in order to become a national finalist.

First, Hughes had to have an SAE, which is a Supervised Agricultural Experience, often started during a student’s freshmen year.

Hughes chose to do his SAE on his family's dairy farm. Open Road Farms currently has over 450 Holsteins, Brown Swiss and Jerseys. He owns 14 milk cows and 16 replacement heifers. He is responsible for caring for his cows, as well as working with the other animals on the farm. He also exhibits many of his animals at shows ranging from the local to national level.

He has kept records for over three years and filled out the proficiency application for two years. He has won both the district and state proficiency competitions as a part of the process of becoming a national finalist.

After interviewing and winning at the state level, his application was then sent on to the national level. His application was named as one of four national finalists and he will now compete at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis. Hughes will have to go through an interview process on Oct. 25 and then will be on stage at 3 p.m. on Oct. 26.