OFI 352: How To Become A Meteorologist And Steal My Dreams | FFA SAE Edition | Nathan DeYoung | Shendoah High School FFA



I joke in the title of this episode that Nathan is stealing my dreams.  Well, in every joke there is just a little truth, or it’s just not funny.  This young man is doing it all.  He is a finalist for the American Star Award at the National FFA Convention this October in agribusiness.  This is as a result of the agricultural communications and marketing business that he started while in high school, Innovative Communications and Marketing.  He has podcasted, makes videos and designs websites.  

But wait, there’s more!  Nathan also has a love of the weather as I do.  While we were prepping for the interview I told him that I had written a fan letter to a meteorologist named Jill Brown at the “The Weather Channel” while I was in college and received a response lovingly calling me a “weather weanie”.  He followed up that statement by telling me that he had just finished an internship in Atlanta, working for The Weather Channel!

Can you believe it?  I have looked into what it would take to become a meteorologist several times over the past 20 years, and here he is almost done with a degree in meteorology from Ball State University and has already worked at TWC!

Well, it was a thrill to speak with Nathan and find out about his business.  Best of luck to him at the national convention in October!

SUPERVISED AGRICULTURAL EXPERIENCE: Agricultural Communications Entrepreneurship

HIGH SCHOOL: Shenandoah High School; Middletown, Indiana

MASCOT: Raiders

FFA ADVISOR: Caroline Kuhn


Click on the picture below to be taken to the Shenandoah High School Ag. Department’s website:

Nathan’s FFA Advisor’s Email Address: ckuhn@shenandoah.k12.in.us

Shenandoah High School’s Telephone Number: 765-354-6640


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