FFA Donation from Southeastern Carts
Jeffery McClendon of Southeastern Carts made a huge donation to the Tift County FFA program recently. Mr. McClendon donated a golf cart to the FFA for their use with different activities they are involved in throughout the year. McClendon said, “This donation was my way of giving back to them (FFA program).”
Lynne Cook, AES Academy teacher and FFA co-Advisor said, “We will be using the golf cart for a variety of activities, livestock shows, Children’s Farm Day, etc.” McClendon is a former student in the Tift County Agricultural & Environmental Sciences Career Academy and was also a Tift County FFA member during his high school career. McClendon has made several donations to the FFA program in support of the program and all they do. Cook stated that she and all the people involved are very appreciative of McClendon’s donation saying, “He just does it to help us out of the goodness of his heart.”
Georgia brings home 18 National Winners and new National V.P. from
90th National FFA Convention
INDIANAPOLIS – The Georgia FFA Association’s trip to the 90th National FFA Convention was highlighted by 18 national winners and the election of Ian Bennett from Valdosta, as National FFA Vice President. Among Georgia’s national winners were two Career Development Event (CDE) winners, six national proficiency award winners, eight national Agriscience Fair winners, the nation’s Outstanding Middle School chapter, and the winner of the National FFA Alumni Outstanding Affiliate.
Ian Bennett, a member of the Lowndes County FFA chapter, was elected to serve as the 2017-2018 National FFA Southern Region Vice President. Bennett will take a one year leave of absence from the University of Georgia, where he is a junior studying Agriscience & Environmental Systems, to travel more than 100,000 miles across the United States and to Japan serving as an ambassador for agricultural education and the FFA. Bennett is the 17th Georgian to serve as a National FFA Officer. His agricultural education teachers are Dr. James Corbett and Mr. Quinton Hadsock; and he is the son of Marshall and Marybeth Bennett of Valdosta.
Career Development Events (CDEs) are team and individual competitive events designed to test student’s technical knowledge and ability in a variety of agricultural and leadership areas. Georgia’s national CDE champions include the Cambridge FFA (Agricultural Communications) and Bleckley County FFA (Forestry). Cailey Doyle (4th place individual), Aalia Garrett (1st place individual), Brittany Breedlove, and Hayley Desandre comprised the team from the Cambridge FFA chapter in Alpharetta that won the national Agricultural Communications CDE by besting 31 other teams from across the nation. The team’s FFA advisor and agricultural education teacher is Mrs. Sarah Nerswick. Blake Bohannon (1st place individual), Tucker Felkins (2nd place individual), Leann Hearn (7th place individual) and Jacob Smith (3rd place individual) comprised the team from the Bleckley County chapter that bested 40 other teams to win the national Forestry CDE. The team’s advisor and agricultural education teacher is Mr. Doyle Floyd.
The West Jackson Middle School FFA chapter was named the nation’s Outstanding Middle School chapter as part of the National Chapter Award program. West Jackson Middle was one of five national finalists for the award, including Franklin County Middle, Jefferson Middle, and Northeast Tift all of Georgia. Each finalist chapter had two students make a presentation explaining their chapter’s activities in the Growing Leaders, Building Communities, and Strengthening Agriculture portions of the FFA Program of Activities. The agricultural education teacher and FFA Advisor at West Jackson Middle is Mrs. April Davis.
Only four students from across the nation are named National Finalists in each of the 47 proficiency areas. Georgia had a total of 20 national proficiency award finalists.
Georgia FFA had eight winners in the national Agriscience Fair and had national finalists (top 15) in 27 of 36 divisions of the Agriscience Fair.
The Miller County FFA Alumni affiliate was named the nation’s most Outstanding Alumni Affiliate. The Miller County FFA Alumni is a support group for the local FFA chapter in Miller County.
Georgia did earn two additional top-5 finishes in national FFA Career Development Events at the Convention. Georgia’s CDE success included the team from Seminole County placing 3rd in Floriculture and the team from Pike County placing 5th in Farm Business Management.
Seven Georgia FFA chapters received a national 3-Star ranking, the highest ranking offered in the National Chapter Award program. Those chapters included Cambridge (Alpharetta), Franklin County Middle, Jefferson Middle, Northeast Tift, Pike County, Stockbridge and West Jackson Middle. Cambridge was named a National Finalist (top 10) in both the Models of Excellence and Premier Chapter award areas.
Seven Georgians were recognized for their support of agricultural education and the FFA as part of the Convention. Dr. Jerry Baker (Tifton), Lt. Governor Casey Cagle (Atlanta), Dr. Phil Gentry (Perry), Eric Holton (Washington), Todd Hurt (Athens), Farish Mulkey (Bainbridge), Josh Pitts (Perry), and Clyde Snell (Wrightsville) each received the Honorary American FFA Degree for the contribution that they make to the agricultural education program and FFA.
One hundred and thirty two Georgia FFA members received the prestigious American FFA Degree, the highest degree offered to an active FFA member. These students spent years developing their Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) programs to reach this honor. This is the largest class of American Degree recipients in the history of Georgia FFA.
Six Georgia FFA members earned the opportunity to perform their musical talents at the National FFA Convention. Victoria James (Pataula Charter), Emma Long (Pickens County), and Tayla Scott (Screven County) were each selected to perform in the Talent program; Pierre Johnson (Islands) and Blake Segars (Franklin County) performed in the National FFA Band; and Grace Fabio (Cambridge) performed in the National FFA Chorus.
The Georgia FFA Association was recognized as a membership growth state. This marks the 19th consecutive year that the Georgia FFA has increased in FFA membership. Georgia was represented in Indianapolis by 25 official voting delegates, and more than 1,500 local FFA members, advisors and Alumni from across the state.