A Stewartsville student and photographer has been featured by the National FFA Organization for a senior portrait that is unlike any other.
Carrie Watson, owner of CW Photography in Stewartsville, snapped this photo of Stewartsville FFA member Cierra Keller as a part of her senior photos. Keller made a special request; to have her grandfather join her in a few photos.
“I instantly got excited and ideas started flowing. I knew it would be really special to them,” Watson said about the request.
The photo which features Keller, her grandfather, Gene Keller, and their FFA jackets instantly caught fame on social media. It later caught the attention of New Horizons, the official magazine of the National FFA Organization, and was featured as a part of the Ag Angle feature in the Summer 2017 issue.
“When I found out that I was featured, it brought a whole new sense of appreciation.” Keller added, “Now it is not only seen in the state of Missouri but by [FFA members] nationwide.”
Watson told KMZU, “FFA is all about past and future generations and passing on morals and values and that is everything that the Keller family is all about.”
Gene Keller wore his FFA jacket from 1959-63 and is now farming with his family, including his granddaughter, in Northwest Missouri. Keller told KMZU that she was proud to have her grandfather beside her in the photos.
“My grandpa taught me that girls can do anything that boys can do,” Keller told KMZU. “From a little kid I was always out there with him and my dad.”
Keller is the daughter of Darrin and Lori Keller of Stewertsville and also the granddaughter of Marvin and Joan Holcer of Chillicothe. Keller is currently at Northwest Missouri State University majoring in Agricultural Education with a minor in Animal Science.