FFA MEMBERS ATTEND LEGISLATORS APPRECIATION DAY
Anderson 1 and 2 Career and Technology Center agricultural education students attended the SC FFA-sponsored State Legislators Appreciation Ceremony in Columbia February 25.
The students accompanied by Mr. Audie Green, agricultural education instructor and FFA advisor at Anderson 1 and 2 Career and Technology Center and Miss Sara Pollard, Clemson University student teacher, began the day by visiting with State Representative Mike Gambrell to thank them for their support of Agricultural Education. They were introduced to the members of the House of Representatives while in session by Representative Mike Gambrell.
Following the visits, the group braved the cold and weather to join the hundreds of FFA members and advisors from throughout South Carolina on the north steps of the State Capitol for a special recognition ceremony. The event got under way with the FFA opening ceremony. The group was lead in the Prayer by DeShawn Blanding, State Vice President and heard a wonderful rendition of the National Anthem by Abbee Carnes the 2015 Miss SC FFA. Abbee is from the West Oak Chapter.
The State FFA Officers presented the prestigious Honorary State FFA Degree to Ronnie Summers, Regional President with AgSouth Farm Credit and James Roberts, Agricultural Teacher at Aynor High School. The purpose of the Honorary State degree is to recognize individuals who have rendered outstanding service to agricultural education and the FFA program.
Commissioner Hugh Weathers, SC Commissioner of Agriculture, presented the Governors Proclamation to the State FFA Officers on behalf of Governor Haley. This was in recognition of National FFA Week February 21-28, 2015.
State Senator Daniel B. Verdin, of Laurens, Chairman of the Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee and State Representative David R. Hiott, of Pickens County, Chairman of the House Agriculture, Natural Resources & Environmental Affairs Committee, both gave remarks to the FFA members in attendance and presented a Concurrent Resolution of Recognition and Commendation to the State FFA Officers on behalf of all the members of the SC General Assembly.
The 14-15 state FFA officers conducted the ceremony at the South Carolina State House. They are: Anna Catherine Wayne, State President, from the McBee chapter, Hunter Morton, State Secretary from the Pendleton chapter, DeShawn Blanding, State Vice President from the Manning chapter, Courtney Barnett, State Vice President from the Clover chapter, Brent Summers, State Vice President from the Pelion chapter and Paul Dolan, State Vice President from Cane Bay chapter.
The week of George Washington’s birthday was designated as National FFA Week in 1947 at a National FFA Board of Directors meeting. FFA Week always runs from Saturday to Saturday and encompasses Washington’s Birthday.
The FFA positively influences the young people of America by developing character and leadership skills, and preparing members for successful careers. FFA members are the leaders of tomorrow. Through agricultural education and hands-on learning, FFA members are preparing for more than 300 career opportunities in the food, fiber and natural resources industries of agriculture. With more than 610,000 members, the organization has a history of service and a legacy of leadership.
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