The next Vinton-Shellsburg Ag teacher and FFA advisor will graduate next month from Iowa State, and comes highly recommended by his professors and student teaching supervisors, says VSHS Principal Matt Kingsbury.

After interviewing four of the 10 applicants who applied for the position, Mr. Kingsbury recommended the hiring of Wyatt Forsyth. A 2014 graduate of Charles City High School, Forsyth is an Iowa and American FFA Degree recipient who grew up working on a family hog farm.

“I am very excited for my new opportunity at V-S,” said Forsyth.

“Wyatt is a young and very energetic individual who will connect well with our student body,” Kingsbury wrote in his recommendation to the VS School Board, which approved hiring Forsyth during this week’s meeting.

“He has an extensive FFA and Ag background,” says the principal, “and he provided details about how to use our Ag facilities and review our curriculum to make sure it meets our students’ needs. Wyatt has a take-charge personality and is ready to graduate and begin placing his footprints on our Ag program.”

A state wrestler for the Comets, Forsyth also played football at Charles City and is the current media chairperson for the Iowa State Wrestling Club. He has also obtained his coaching authorization.

Last year, Forsyth had the opportunity to work in New Zealand with the Yummy Fruit Company, learning more about international agriculture and sustainable agriculture throughout the world. Along with working the family farm, Forsyth Farms and Show Pigs, he has also worked for the Farmers Feed and Grain in Iowa City. His awards include the Gilman International Scholarship and Alpha Gamma Rho Legacy Fund.

As is the custom at VSHS, the interview committee also included current FFA members and Ag students, as well as long-time FFA supporters and former members Suzie Henkle and John Holst, along with former FFA teacher Louise Fleming.

Students involved in the process included Isaac wiley, Shelby McDonald, Eric Henkle and Franki Evans.

After helping to hire the next FFA/Ag teacher, Isaac Wiley said he still had mixed feelings about hiring a replacement for Melissa Heeren, who resigned this year after three years at VSHS, and was Wiley’s teacher for his first three years of Ag classes and FFA activities.

“I’m excited to begin a new chapter within our Ag and FFA program,” said the VSHS junior, who plans to major in Agricultural Business at ISU. “It is very exciting to have such a young teacher who brings a lot of excitement to our chapter, but I am also sad to see Mrs. Heeren go. She has been a good teacher and a great friend and has been very influential in who I am today. She has taught me many things that I will not soon forget, and I wish her nothing but the best.”

Concerning the interview process, Wiley says, I thought it was very interesting and also useful. Having been interviewed many times for different FFA positions, it was a nice change to be on the other side of the interview. I felt that it will be very useful to me in the near future, and that I have learned a lot from the experience. It was a huge honor for me to be selected to be on the interview committee, and I was very excited to get started.”