Hood receives state award for taxidermy business

Staff Report
DHS Ag student and FFA member James Hood was awarded a banner for his taxidermy project recently. Hood received a plaque at an FFA banquet in May for his accomplishment and the banner will become a permanent display in the DHS Ag building.

James Hood, a DHS Ag student and FFA member recently attended Louisiana's 79th Annual FFA Convention in Monroe where he was presented a 4th place award for a project he conducted involving his taxidermy business.

Agriscience students conduct what is known as an SAE project.  Its purpose is to provide hands-on experience and/or additional expertise in a subject-related area. 

Students with outstanding SAE projects may then apply for what is known as a proficiency award offered through the National FFA Organization.  There are currently 47 categories in which members may apply.

Hood's award category  is titled Agricultural Services and includes areas such as taxidermy.

Hood began pursuing taxidermy as a hobby more than 6 years ago under the influence of his grandfather, Andrew Leblanc.  His hobby led him to begin his own taxidermy business now known as J.T. Taxidermy.

Hood will be a senior at DHS during the upcoming school session.  He plans to enroll as an Ag student and FFA member again where he has the opportunity to expand and improve his project.

He is the son of T.J. and Virgie Barbier of Donaldsonville.