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2023 RISE FFA Career Program Recipients Announced

May 18, 2023

Sunrise Cooperative, Inc. is pleased to announce its 2023 RISE FFA Career Program recipients. Slated to join Sunrise as full-time employees following graduation are Bryce Parsons from Hillsboro FFA, Megan Kimbler of Indian Lake FFA, Troy Homan from New Bremen FFA, Antonio Lucio from Clyde FFA, Grace Montgomery of New London FFA, Zoe Gifford of Firelands FFA, Luke Brunke from Miami East FFA, Abraham Decker from Upper Scioto Valley FFA, along with South Central FFA members Gage Lauderman and Derick Murray.
Following graduation, these individuals will officially join the team at Sunrise and will work their way through our RISE FFA Career Program, otherwise referred to as Sunrise University. Over the next four years, our new hires will gain hands-on, real-life job experiences, while learning all facets of the cooperative.
In addition to full-time employment, Bryce Parsons was selected as the top recipient and will receive a 2022 Jeep Gladiator, that the 2022-2023 Ohio FFA President Aubrey Swartz drove during her tenure, as a signing bonus. Along with his top honor, he earned a $1,000 FFA chapter donation from Sunrise. 
Sunrise is also honored to present Megan, Troy, Antonio, Grace, Zoe, Luke, Abraham, Gage and Derrick’s FFA chapters each with a $250 donation.
Candidates for the RISE FFA Career Program needed to be a 2023 high school graduate and active with their FFA chapter. They had to submit an application, along with an essay on how the FFA has prepared them for a career with Sunrise. The Ohio FFA Foundation reviewed and interviewed the applicants and made the selection of the recipients for a full-time position with Sunrise upon graduation.  
The RISE FFA Career Program was developed in 2019 and serves two purposes: provide an avenue to reach the future leaders of agriculture, while supporting the Ohio FFA Association State President during their term in office.
For more information on the Sunrise RISE FFA Career Program you can visit the Sunrise website at or the Ohio FFA website at The application process for the 2024 program will open in the fall. If you have any questions contact Morgan Niedermier, Vice President of Marketing, at (419) 332-6468 ext. 222 or through email at
Sunrise Cooperative, Inc. is a leading agricultural and energy cooperative with its corporate headquarters located in Fremont, Ohio. We offer team-based solutions across multiple divisions including agronomy, grain and energy, as well as a nationally recognized precision ag department and our own crop nutrition division, PCT | Sunrise. Sunrise is a 100-percent farmer-owned cooperative, and we are committed to bringing innovative choices and expert solutions to our customer-owners. At Sunrise, we offer you the best choices delivered by the best team through our state-of-the art facilities and expertly trained employees. We strive each day to grow your success.

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