FFA members excel at state
The Lincoln County FFA chapter claims a state victory this year in the Agricultural Communications CDE.
The team was composed of Katilyn Lewter, Alexandra Ashley, Ty Wolaver and Emma Gordon.
Lincoln County High School’s FFA Chapter had the First Place Agricul-tural Communications Team in State. Pictured (from left) are Advisor Brad Parton, Ty Wolaver, Katilyn Lewter, Alexandra Ashley and Emma Gordon. The team will advance to compete at the National FFA Conven-tion against teams across the nation to be held in Louisville, Ky., in No-vember.
Members of this team began preparing for this contest in November of 2013. These four students prepared a media plan over a service-oriented event for the community. Competitors were evaluated through a live news conference scenario, writer practicum assessment and a mass communications test during their first day of competition. The following day, the team delivered their presentation in a preliminary round where they advanced into the state’s top four.
The team then was asked to present in a public forum with industry professional judges. They were awarded the first place plaque at the 7th general session of the convention in front of more than 3,000 Tennessee FFA members.
This team will advance to compete at the National FFA Convention against teams across the nation to be held in Louisville, Ky., November 2014.
Furthermore, the Lincoln County FFA chapter was also successful in the Agriscience CDE, as Kaitlyn Ellis placed second in the state of Division I Plant Systems, Ashley Atkinson second place in Division II Plant Systems, Jordyn Atkinson placed 5th in Division I Animal Systems and Katie Peery and Rebecca McCauley placed sixth in Division IV Plant Systems. In this event, competitors are asked to present a science fair project with an agricultural based topic to a panel of judges and are faced with questions about their project.
Lincoln County also wants to congratulate the Agricultural Marketing team for their success. Members of this team include Amber Gentry, Lauren Rouse and Ben Cox. This team was tasked with creating a marketing plan and presentation for an agriculture business. They placed 4th in the state of Tennessee.
The Agricultural Issues team tied for 5th in the state in their skit covering the importance of agriculture awareness. Members of this team included Sydney Formentine, Mason Mullins, Taylor Howell, Kaitlyn Ellis, Jordyn Atkinson, and Alex Tanner.
The Farm Business Management team also competed at this year’s convention. Team members were Skylee Burtts, Kylie Boyd, Kelie Parker and Peyton Hopkins. These members were required to complete a timed test and calculating financial agricultural.
Lincoln County had five members receive the prestigious State Degree at convention. This degree is the highest award given to top FFA members that meet specific as well as rigorous requirements by the National FFA Organization. Recipients were Janie Peery, Skylee Burtts, Kelie Parker, Peyton Hopkins and Susan Cowley.
The Lincoln County FFA Chapter was presented with the notable Passing Literacy OnWard (PLOW) award. The PLOW award is one of the few programs that administer reading through the Tennessee Foundation for Ag in the Classroom. The chapter received this award for their outstanding credentials in this area.
Another award which the Lincoln County FFA took home with them was the Superior Chapter award. The purpose of the State Superior chapter award is to recognize chapters who go above and beyond to provide a wide-range of leadership opportunities, activities and events for their community, school and members.