On June 27, three local students from the Macon County FFA Chapter, Erika Hix, Nathan McClard, and Brianna Wolfe, left for FFA Leadership Camp which lasted till July 1. Throughout the week, the students had the opportunity to meet other FFA students from across the state and engage in leadership activities to bring out the leader in themselves.
On July 26, Erika Hix was the first Macon County FFA member to travel to Washington D.C. for the Washington Leadership Conference. During this five day event, Erika learned how to be an effective leader by learning her purpose, how to value people, how to take action and how to serve others. The National FFA Organization states “FFA members leave WLC with the knowledge and the confidence to act in ways that help their schools, community, and their country.” Erika declared, “The national FFA organization does an excellent job at preparing students on how to serve other individuals, your community and country. The conference itself is by far the best conference I have ever attended, very impacting from the sessions and the tourist attractions.”
On July 31, various FFA officers and members volunteered to work the adult floral entry booth at the Macon County Fair in August. They learned a lot, had fun, and gained hours for Tennessee Scholars. Thank you to the Macon County Fair Board for asking us to be a part of the Macon County Fair.
On September 1, the Macon County High School FFA Soils team competed in their first competition of the year at the Clay County Land Clinic. They also competed at the Macon County Kenny Childress Memorial Land Judging Invitational on September 15 and placed second in the Macon County Only contest. Nathan McClard was the second highest individual in the Macon County Only contest as well. At the district competition in Westmoreland on September 19, the team placed second with Drew Stafford being the third highest individual. The team placed 15th out of 41 teams at the regional contest in Springhill on September 22.
On September 10, freshman FFA members attended the annual Greenhand Conference at McGavock High School. They learned leadership skills and about the opportunities available in the FFA. These members met with regional officers to develop their potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success.
On September 14, the Horse Judging team placed 4th in the district at the competition at Middle Tennessee State University. Students learned how to identify horse breeds, judge halter classes, and present oral reasons. The purpose of the Tennessee FFA Horse Evaluation Career Development Event is to stimulate the study of and interest in equine science selection, management and production through the agricultural education curriculum, and provide recognition for those who have demonstrated skills and competencies as a result of instruction in equine science.
On September 27, the Agricultural Sales team competed at Tennessee State University and placed 11th in the regional competition. Students demonstrated their marketing and communication skills to present an agricultural product to a panel of judges. The team was comprised of Eli Borders, Meleah Leath, Nathan McClard, and Bailey Porter.