The Chattooga County FFA honors their members and achievements by ending the year with an annual banquet. FFA members from across the county met Monday to be recognized for success in multiple areas of the organization.

The program was started after dinner by inducting Dr. Barry Bailey as an honorary member of the chapter. This honor is to recognize people in the community who have helped advance agricultural education. Following the induction of Dr. Bailey, awards for competing in Career Development Events were presented to forty members who participated in these events that promote the skills students learned in the classroom. As the banquet continued, multiple livestock awards were presented to members of the dairy show team, pig project participants, and chicken project participants.

Next, 32 middle school students were recognized for having fundamental knowledge of agriculture and participating above the local level. Of these 32 students Brittany Powell, Webb Wyatt, and Emma Rae Ward were acknowledged for going above and beyond. Following this 17 high schoolers were recognized for knowing the history of FFA in depth. William Elrod was awarded for having exemplary knowledge. Second or third year members that have been active in the chapter also received the chapter degree. Addie Bridges, Catherine Villatoro, Mia Crider, Hamilton Ratliff, and Haley Howington were acknowledged for receiving their state degrees.

Later, members were recognized for proficiency applications. Of these members Jesse Blalock participated in agricultural mechanics and maintenance placed first in state and advanced to nationals. Jorja Cooper also submitted a proficiency in dairy animal production and placed third in state. Middle schoolers submitted record books receiving gold and silver emblems. Along with receiving these honors Emma Hamilton, won the state competition.

Finally, the ag teachers of the county recognized outstanding members. These members were Emma Rae Ward, Lane Bridges, Gracie Treadaway, and William Elrod. Addie Bridges and Jorja Cooper were recognized for advancing to nationals with their agriscience program. Addie was also recognized for being an Junior Livestock Ambassador at the Georgia National Fairgrounds. Jorja Cooper was recognized for being an ambassador for the Georgia State Convention and received a $1,000 scholarship from the chapter.

Contributing Author: Addie Bridges

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