2018-11-07 / School & Sports

Miller County FFA Attends Historical 91st National FFA Convention


(L-R): Maggie Grace Myrick, Macee Palmer, Ty Long, Marissa Williams, Camille Davis, Grayson Spence, Dalton Spence, and Callie Pickle. (L-R): Maggie Grace Myrick, Macee Palmer, Ty Long, Marissa Williams, Camille Davis, Grayson Spence, Dalton Spence, and Callie Pickle. More than 66,000 FFA members, advisors and guests attended the 91st National FFA Convention. The theme for the convention was Just One. The Georgia FFA Association’s trip to the 91st National FFA Convention was highlighted by 19 national winners and the retirement of Ian Bennett from Valdosta, as National FFA Vice President. Among Georgia’s national winners were a Career Development Event (CDE) winner, nine national proficiency award winners, six national Agriscience Fair winners, the nation’s Outstanding Middle School chapter, the nation’s Outstanding Middle School chapter, the winner of the National FFA Talent contest and the winner of the National FFA Hall of States competition. The convention was highlighted by a concert from Garth Brooks and keynote address from President of the United States, Donald J. Trump.

The Miller County Delegation this year consisted of eight students: Macee Palmer, Ty Long, Grayson Spence, Dalton Spence, Maggie Grace Myrick, Callie Pickle, Marissa Williams, Camille Davis. Two advisors, Mandy Long and Ward Cole and parent volunteer Stamey Avery, were also along for the trip.

Along with inspiring sessions and an amazing concert, our students were able to take part in many educational opportunities. They toured Brandywine Farms, The Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and The Indianapolis Zoo. Part of the convention the FFA Exposition allowed students to network and make contact with colleges and universities from across the county, as well as learn just how vast the employment opportunities are in the agriculture field in the US.

One hundred and thirty four 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. Those receiving the honor include Preston Clenney and Sydney Thomas of Miller County FFA.

The Georgia FFA Association was recognized as a membership growth state. This marks the 20th consecutive year that the Georgia FFA has increased in FFA membership. Georgia was represented in Indianapolis by 26 official voting delegates, and more than 1,500 local FFA members, advisors and Alumni from across the state.

Miller County FFA would like to thank the businesses and individuals of Colquitt and Miller County for their financial support in helping our members attend the convention this year. Also to the Miller County School Board and administration for allowing the trip to happen.

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