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October 29, 2007   Email to Friend 

ALABAMA MEMBERS RECEIVE AMERICAN FFA DEGREES
Darryal Ray
(334) 613-4187
October 29, 2007

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Members from four Alabama FFA chapters received their American FFA Degree during the 80th annual National Convention of the Future Farmers of America last week.

The American FFA Degree is the highest level of membership attainable and is the final step in the FFA degree system, encouraging members to grow and achieve personally toward establishing themselves in an agricultural career.

Receiving the award were: Jill Williams, Zachary Frederick, Cody Johnson and Adam Mills, all of the Red Bay FFA Chapter; Sam Suttle, Tyler Thacker, Jessica Jones and Heath Randon Garrett, all of the Fort Payne FFA Chapter; Joseph Young Waters and Kimberley Henderson, both of the Enterprise FFA Chapter; and Ben Maples and Clayton Ross Usery, both of the Elkmont FFA Chapter.

Winners in various career development and national award events were also announced Friday during the seventh session of the 80th annual National FFA Convention in Indianapolis.

Those winners were:

PREPARED PUBLIC SPEAKING

The Prepared Public Speaking Career Development Event is designed to recognize outstanding FFA members for their ability to prepare and present a factual speech on a specific agricultural issue in a well thought out and logical manner in a competitive setting.

Bronze Emblem, Individual -- Katelyn Harris, Marbury FFA Chapter

POULTRY EVALUATION

The National Poultry Evaluation Career Development Event is a competitive activity that tests the student's ability to select top quality poultry and poultry products needed for successful production and marketing. Event participants must complete a written exam on poultry management, evaluate classes of live birds for eggs and meat production, evaluate quality of eggs, and evaluate and identify parts and products.

Silver Emblem Teams -- Pell City FFA Chapter

Silver Emblem, Individuals --Erin Davis, Kyle Stallings and Marcella Garrett, all of Pell City

Bronze Emblem, Individuals -- Drew Williams, Pell City

PARLIAMENTARY PROCEDURE

The National FFA Parliamentary Procedure event tests students' ability to effectively communicate ideas during a meeting. Components included a general knowledge exam of parliamentary law, a ten minute demonstration of parliamentary procedure, oral questions, and written minutes of the demonstration.

Bronze Emblem Teams -- Marbury FFA Chapter

NURSERY AND LANDSCAPE

The National FFA Nursery and Landscape Career Development Event is a competitive activity in which FFA members test their knowledge and skills in nursery practices and landscaping. Contestants must complete a general knowledge exam testing horticultural principles including plant anatomy, production, marketing, turf, landscape design and maintenance. Each participant must also complete practicums involving a landscape drawing, landscape estimating, plant propagation or potting, identification of plants, disorders, and equipment.

Silver Emblem Teams -- Semmes FFA Chapter

Gold Emblem, Individuals -- Jonathan Powell, Semmes

Silver Emblem, Individuals -- Kim Sieck and Kayla Vaughan, both of Semmes

Bronze Emblem, Individuals -- Kerry Kinard, Semmes

LIVESTOCK EVALUATION

The National FFA Livestock Career Development Event is a competitive activity that tests the student's ability to select and evaluate livestock. Event components include seven evaluation classes of beef, sheep and swine; oral placement reasons on four classes; a written exam on livestock production; and quality grading of slaughter cattle. A team event, based on production performance records, demonstrates the team's breeding livestock selection ability.

Silver Emblem Teams -- Jasper FFA Chapter

Silver Emblem, Individuals --Melissa Palmer and Haley Prestridge, both of Jasper

Bronze Emblem, Individuals -- Billy Bennett and Tiffany Kell, both of Jasper

HORSE EVALUATION

Bronze Emblem Teams -- Sand Rock FFA

Silver Emblem, Individuals -- Jamie Ferguson and Cassie Holcomb, Sand Rock

Bronze Emblem, Individuals -- Chelsey Clayton and Eden Grimes, both of Sand Rock

FORESTRY CAREER DEVELOPMENT

The National FFA Forestry Career Development Event is a competitive activity that tests students' skills and knowledge in the area of forest management. Event components include a general forest knowledge exam, tree and equipment identification, map interpretation, and timber cruising for board volume.

Fifth Place Team in Nation -- West Blocton FFA (Team comprised of Donald Bayless, Blade Elliott, Michael Gunter and David Jones, all of West Blocton)

Gold Emblem Team -- West Blocton

Gold Emblem, Individuals -- Donald Bayless, Blade Elliott and David Jones, all of West Blocton

Michael Gunter, West Blocton

FLORICULTURE

In the National FFA Floriculture Career Development Event, FFA members test their knowledge and skills in the production and retailing of flowers, plants and foliage. Participants must complete a general knowledge exam on the floriculture industry, identify plant materials, and demonstrate problem solving/decision making skills, employment and customer service skills, technical floral skills and the ability to work as a team.

Silver Emblem Teams -- Danville FFA

Gold Emblem, Individuals -- Bailey Blankenship, Danville

Silver Emblem, Individuals -- Lucas Johnson and Ethan Parker, both of Danville

Bronze Emblem, Individuals -- Ashley Barrett, Danville

EXTEMPORANEOUS PUBLIC SPEAKING

The Extemporaneous Public Speaking Career Development Event is designed to recognize outstanding FFA members for their ability to prepare and present a factual speech on a specific agricultural issue in a well thought out and logical manner. Members select one topic from a choice of categories, have thirty minutes to prepare a four- to six-minute speech, and respond to five minutes of questions following delivery.

Silver Emblem, Individuals --Caleb Colquitt, Marbury

DAIRY CATTLE EVALUATION

The National FFA Dairy Cattle Evaluation Career Development Event is a competitive activity that tests the student's ability to select and manage quality dairy cattle. Event components include six classes of dairy cattle, linear classification of five Holstein cows, a sire selection and dairy management exercise and placing of four dairy animal pedigrees.

Bronze Emblem Teams -- Vernon FFA

Silver Emblem, Individuals -- Austin Mordecai, Vernon

Bronze Emblem, Individuals -- Josh Woods and Adam Maddox, both of Vernon

CREED SPEAKING

The National FFA Creed Speaking Career Development Event is designed to recognize outstanding FFA members for their ability to present the National FFA Creed in a competitive setting. Members deliver the Creed from memory and respond to three questions. The event gives FFA members the opportunity to develop their ability to communicate in a powerful, organized and professional manner.

Bronze Emblem, Individuals -- Daniel Cook, Sand Rock FFA

AGRICULTURAL MECHANICS

The National Agricultural Mechanics Career Development Event is a competitive activity that allows students to apply classroom knowledge to real-life situations. Activities included in the event are a written exam, a team activity, demonstration of problem-solving skills, and hands-on performance activities. Areas of emphasis include energy systems, environmental/natural resource systems, machinery & equipment systems, structural systems and industry & marketing systems.

Silver Emblem Teams -- Douglas FFA

Gold Emblem, Individuals -- Gregory Leach, Douglas

Silver Emblem, Individuals -- Matthew Pankey and Jake Winfrey, both of Douglas

Bronze Emblem, Individuals -- Trent Montgomery, Douglas

For more information, visit www.ffa.org.


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