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May 24, 2014

Colquitt County FFA very successful at state convention

MOULTRIE — Seventy Colquitt County FFA members recently attended the 86th Georgia FFA State Convention held in Macon.

Students had the opportunity to practice leadership, personal growth, and career success as well as experience the theme of “Ignite.” Students heard from speakers such as Gov. Nathan Deal who stated, “FFA is the best leadership training organization that there is in this state” while wearing his FFA jacket from when he was in school.

Students also heard from Commissioner of Agriculture Gary Black, who promoted the new Youth Georgia Grown Project headed up by the Georgia Department of Agriculture. Students were inspired by the Retiring Addresses of the Georgia State FFA Officers, were applauded on stage in front of the 5,000 FFA members, FFA Advisors, parents, and guests in attendance, and competed in speaking contests.

 Twenty-one members earned their State FFA Degree and seven members were in attendance at the Convention.

Among the 700 Georgia FFA State Degree recipients, all have the opportunity to become State Stars in their specific area. Only 3 students, one from North Region, one from Central Region, and one from South Region of the 700 are selected to be the Stars. Jim Waldrop was selected as the South Region Star in Agribusiness and competed at the Convention for the honor of the State Star. Waldrop won the event and was named the State Star in Agricultural Business earning him a scholarship with his project based on his landscaping business.

Elizabeth Beacham competed in the Prepared Public Speaking Event and earned 4th place in the state. Megan Smith earned 1st place in the state in the Job Interview Contest and will advance on to represent Georgia in Louisville, Ky., in October and was honored on stage.

The Agriculture Marketing Team comprised of Alexis Radcliff, Morgan Hart, and Savannah Warren won 2nd place in the state with their marketing project based on Sparkman’s Dairy and Cream Valley and was honored on stage.

The Land Evaluation Team, comprised of Druw Merritt, Colin Bentley, Jordan Bell, and Tyler Patterson, earned 3rd place and was honored on stage.

The Meats Evaluation Team comprised of Elizabeth Horne, Daryl Williamson, Savannah Warren, and Kylie Wilkes earned 2nd place in the state and was honored on stage. Additionally, Daryl Williamson was the State High Individual in the Meats Evaluation contest and was honored on stage.

Jaimee Burt earned 3rd place in the Tractor Operation and Maintenance Contest and was honored on stage.

Seven Colquitt County students were state finalists in the Agricultural Proficiency Awards and had to interview for the State Award and were honored on stage. Jaimee Burt was a State Qualifier with her Beef Production Project and earned 3rd Place in the State. Briane Parrish was a State Qualifier with her Goat Production Project and earned 3rd place in the State. Bruce Hinson was a State Qualifier with his Agriculture Mechanics Project and earned 2nd place in the state. Matthew Norman was a State Qualifier with his Fiber and Oil Crop Project where he earned 2nd place in the state and Diversified Crop Production Project where he was the state winner and will advance to the National Competition. Jim Waldrop was a state qualifier with his Landscape Management project where he was 2nd place in the state and with his Turfgrass Management Project where he was the state winner and will advance to the national competition.

Elizabeth Rose Horne, daughter of Drs. Jeffrey and Ann Horne of Norman Park, was elected to serve as a State FFA Officer to serve over 37,000 FFA members statewide. Only eight students are chosen to serve on the State FFA Officer Team each year. Horne’s position as South Region State Vice President will enable her to interact with leaders in the agricultural community as well as middle and high school FFA members around the state.

The election process began with a daylong series of interviews that allowed Horne to speak before the delegates and over 5,000 attendees and in turn to be elected to serve on the officer team. As a State FFA Officer, she will be trained extensively in public speaking, delivering workshops, and interacting with leaders. She will travel all year long and make visits to FFA chapters around the state of Georgia. She will also serve as a delegate for Georgia at the National FFA Convention.  

Colquitt County was also named a Gold Emblem Chapter based on the Chapter’s Achievement and had 100 percent FFA membership.

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