LAWTON, Okla. (TNN) - Chattanooga FFA has a national champion. Ethan Ellis won a proficiency award for Outdoor Recreation Entrepreneurship.
Last fall Ethan Ellis started his own small business for a hunting and guide service called Cave Creek Outfitters LLC.
He sells waterfowl, turkey, deer, and dove hunts all across southwest Oklahoma, as well as offers guided hunts.
“I’ve put in a lot of hours. This is my passion I love to hunt and fish and that’s the reason I started this business to do something I do and be able to go out and not have to worry. It doesn’t seem like work to me. I just go at it all the time we’ve been running hunt since September we’ve started dove hunts and fixing to start duck hunts November 14 from then on we’ll be hunting until May 6," Ellis said.
All of that hard work has paid off.
Ellis was a state winner in the spring and that lead him to the national level. He was then picked as one of the top four finalists in the nation before becoming the national winner in that proficiency award area.
“I was kind of shocked. I really couldn’t do anything but smile it really hit me the next day I think being a national winner. It’s kind of hard to think about small-town Chattanooga, really a small-town kid winning something so big and nationwide award it’s kind of shocking to me," Ellis said.
Both of his Agriculture teachers said they knew Ellis' hard work would pay off at some point.
“Ethan did all of the work. I just got to ride his coattail through it and so to be able to have that memory of helping and being alongside a national winner in my year is something that will carry throughout my career," Former Chattanooga High School Agriculture Teacher Carly Snider said.
“It’s a huge accomplishment for him as well as small rural Oklahoma and so I think it goes to show that any FFA if they put their mind to something they can surely accomplish it. So I am sure very proud of him for that," Chattanooga High School Principal Dexter Matlock said.
Ellis said both teachers encouraged him to do his best and follow what he wants to do in life.