The Fayette County High School FFA Chapter is off to a great start this year! Students are inspired to learn as much as possible about Agriscience Education. We are very excited about our new FFA advisor Brad Cox. He is from Arab and graduated from Auburn University with a bachelor’s degree in Agriscience Education. He has already proven to be a dedicated and inspirational agriscience teacher.
We have also recently installed our new officers for this year: Cal McDonald, president; Jacob Brooks, vice-president; Kayla Hollis, secretary; Tyler Paulk, treasurer; Kathrine Madison, reporter; and Davontae Sparks, sentinel. The officers were excited to hold their first chapter meeting on September 28, 2012. The meeting focused on many upcoming events in our community and assigning members to Career Development Event teams.
The officer team was very excited about hosting a Land Judging CDE workshop held October 16 at the Fayette County Extension Office. All surrounding counties were encouraged to attend. Lunch was provided and there was no fee for this workshop. We would like to thank the Fayette County Farmers Federation for providing this wonderful training opportunity for agriscience students
We had several activities going on at the Fayette County Fair October 16-20. We were able to set up a booth at the fair exhibiting some of our chapter’s many accomplishments: Dairy Show - Overall Grand Champion Heifer, Carson Hubbert, Zach Campbell and Jacie Renfroe. In the Goat Show - 3 divisional, 1st place; 2 divisional, 2nd, 3rd place and honorable mention; Overall Grand Champion Dairy Goat, Kayla Hollis, Zach Campbell and Jacob Brooks. In the Poultry Show - 1st place in six breed divisions, winning both best variety and best breed in all six and Reserve Overall Junior Champion Exhibitor. In Arts and Crafts – 2nd place in Egg Display.
Fayette County High School FFA Chapter was well represented at the Alabama National Fair. Carson Hubbert recently competed at the Alabama National Fair in the Dairy Judging Event and was Overall High Individual and Overall High Score on the Reasons class. Congratulations Carson!
The Fayette County High School FFA also hosted a heifer show in conjunction with the Fayette County Extension Office. The show began at 10 a.m. January 20, 2013. FFA Members from across the state were invited to attend the show.
We have many exciting events happening with our animal science class including the incubation of 17 laying hens to add to our already existing flock of six laying hens. The hens incubated and raised are a sexlink crossbred variety. We harvest the eggs from our poultry operation and sell them to teachers and other members of the community. We have learned how to do many things this semester with our poultry including clipping flight feathers, proper feeding regimens, and how to incubate and raise poultry. We will have a dairy bull calf donated this spring to our program for teaching purposes.
Later this year, FFA officers and members will be competing in district CDEs in the following areas: Prepared Public Speaking, 100% Chapter Membership, Livestock Judging and Opening Ceremonies Contest. The competition will be held April 26 at Wallace State in Hanceville.
The officers will then be attending the State FFA Convention in Montgomery, June 4-7. Officers will be able to experience motivational speakers, leadership training, gain career information and conduct business with fellow FFA members. Fayette County High School FFA will also be receiving the National Chapter Award, and have several students individually applying for Proficiency Awards. We will have two senior members who are hoping to receive their state degrees.
This group of FFA members and officers is very motivated and has big plans for accomplishments this year. We are looking forward to this year and wish everyone the best of luck at their district and state competitions!
Kathrine Madison is the Fayette County High School FFA Reporter.