The Sylvania Southview Horticulture team won first place at the 2009 state competition. Justin Martin placed first overall in the individual competition and exhibits natural talent according to his favorite teacher, Rick Fredericks, head of the FFA program at Southview.
FFA (Future Farmers of America) began in 1928 and is dedicated to preparing members for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture. Justin's aptitude, abilities and hard work have led him to the prestigious honor of being number one in the state of Ohio.
I have had the privilege of working with Justin during the time that I owned a lawn and landscape company. He was enormously helpful and supportive during a difficult business transition with the company. My best memories of this time include cutting lawns with Justin and enjoying his never ending smile.
Justin is a full time high school senior, works 40 hours/week for James Nursery, and maintains lawns for his personal list of customers. He has also assisted me in my recent travels to Detroit, Columbus and Lexington for trade shows for Smucci products as a true friend with my best interest at heart, exuberantly and without pay.
I hope I can return the many favors he has unconditionally given me over the years. I am trying and assist Justin in cutting, edging and trimming all of his personal accounts each week... without pay.
Thank you, Justin, you are a rare and wonderful person! I am privileged to know you.