Moultrie Observer

Agriculture

March 8, 2012

FFA chapter salutes outstanding members

Ag teacher Peavy receives honorary membership

MOULTRIE — The Colquitt County FFA  recently honored members for their accomplishments at the chapter’s 82nd annual parent-member banquet.

Throughout the past year students have competed in various projects, including agricultural mechanics, horticulture, home gardening, crop production, record keeping, livestock production, cotton production, leadership, and the President’s Award. Furthermore, their work was recorded and scored. Students were also recognized for participation and success in local, state, and national events. Winners were recognized with a scholarship to attend the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Ind.

Nick Hodges won the Agricultural Mechanics contest sponsored by Billy Jacks Hardware. The event tests the students’ knowledge of woodworking, electrical wiring, and other mechanical areas. The second place winner was Tyler Snipes and the third place winner was Hannah Dixon.

The Home Gardening Contest was won by Amanda Walden. Students have to grow and keep records on a 20-by-20 garden to compete in the contest. Hannah Dixon placed second and Rebecca Burkett placed third. This contest was sponsored by Farmers Seed Company.

Johnny Mobley won the Crop Production Contest. Student participating in the contest must produce one or more agronomic crops and keep records on their projects. Brice Redding placed second and Zac Connell placed third. This award was sponsored Whittington Insurance.   

Jim Waldrop won first place in the Home Improvement Contest. The sophomore helped build pole barns to house his livestock. The contest was sponsored by Baell Mercantile Co. Summer Lindsey placed second and Elizabeth Horne placed third.

Grant Bell won the Record Keeping Contest sponsored by Carlton Insurance Co. Students participating in this contest must keep an accurate, detailed accounting of their agricultural enterprises. Taylor Newsome placed second and Zac Connell placed third.

The Livestock Award was taken by Johnny Mobley. The senior FFA member exhibited calves and pigs at local, state, and national shows. This contest is sponsored by Moultrie Livestock. Placing second was Jim Waldrop and placing third was Walker Willis.

Katie Beth Tucker was the winner of the Horticulture Award. Students participating in this contest must demonstrate their horticulture accomplishments out through their FFA careers. In second place was Chaz Wilkerson and in third place was Amanda Walden.

Winning the Cotton Production award was Taylor Newsome. To compete in the contest students must plant and produce his/her own crop of cotton. Second place went to Grant Bell and Skipper Varnadoe was third.

Bryson Griner was awarded the President’s Award, for her leadership over the high school FFA chapter this past year. This award was sponsored by Funston Gin Co.

These top chapter awards went to agriculture students who through the years have been a cut above their contempories.

 Also, this year an Advisors Award was given, which went to Shawn Collins. He accompanied the students to the 2011 FFA National Convention in Indianapolis. This award is sponsored by DeMott Tractor Co.

Academic Recognition was give to Nathan Webb. Nathan won a $250 Scholarship from Moultrie Tire, for having the highest grade point average for the entire Colquitt County FFA Senior Class.

Willie J Williams Middle and C.A. Gray Junior High schools also gave awards to outstanding members. C.A Gray Junior High awarded Lea Barrow the Greenhand Award. Lea has been involved in every aspect of the FFA from exhibiting livestock projects, being a chapter officer chapter officer, to competing in career development events. C.A. Gray Middle School Chapter gave Discovery Degree Stars to Elizabeth Beacham, Caitlyn Meadows, Justin Bass and Murdock Wynn. Also this year Willie J. Williams Middle School awarded many outstanding students by giving them their Discovery Degrees.

Nick Hodges was named the chapter’s Star Agribuisnessman. He has competed in many FFA Career Development Events, but has especially excelled in the area of ag mechanics.

Johnny Mobley was named the chapter’s Star Farmer for his outstanding supervised agricultural experience projects.

Nathan Webb was named the Chapter’s Star in Ag Placement due to overall excellence.

Bryson Griner was named the chapters Outstanding FFA Member because of her service to her organization, school, and community.

Former agriculture teacher Von Peavy was presented Honorary Membership in the Colquitt County FFA for his support over the years.  Peavy recently retired from the Department of Agriculture where he was the South Region agricultural mechanics teacher. 

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