Agronomy team heads to nationals

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FSHS FFA's agronomy team is heading to nationals, which is taking place the last week of October leading into November.

The FSHS agronomy team went to the state competition and placed second in the Career Development event. The Boyle County Agronomy Team could not attend nationals, so FSHS has the opportunity to attend.

"This is the fourth team I've taken to nationals," Samuel Evans, an agricultural teacher at Simpson County Schools, said.

Evans coaches the FSHS FFA team with fellow teacher, Felicia Dalton.

There are many trips and competitions to participate in for the team. Some activities include the Farm Machinery Show, laser tag, the agronomy competition and the horticulture competition.

During the Farm Machinery Show, FFA members learn about animals and different types of farm equipment/machinery. During the agronomy competition, FFA members demonstrate their knowledge of sustainable agriculture and environmental stewardship. During the horticulture competition, FFA members demonstrate their knowledge of the cultivation of flowers, ornamental plants, and other aspects of the floral industry.

When asked why she joined, Tabitha Stevens, a FSHS senior and FFA member said, "I was interested in joining a club with people who I could talk to."

"The trips, the friendships I've made, being in the snow and sun, and experiencing the world," Stevens said of her most memorable moments.

FFA has strong community qualities, according to the team.

"Family, love them or hate them, they will always be family," said Jared Ellis, a prominent FFA member and FSHS senior.

As described by its members, FFA is a community driven club designed to spread awareness of agriculture and to form lifelong bonds.

"FFA can teach employability skills, communication skills, personal growth, and leadership," said Dalton.

Evans agreed stating that he has made life-long friendships from his FFA involvement.

"FFA has guided me to the life I have now. I met my wife through a FFA friend," said Evans.

The FFA was founded in 1928, as a national organization for boys from rural, farming areas, but has now extended to anyone who wants to join, according to the National FFA Association. Because of FFA's inclusiveness, even those who do not want to go into the agricultural field can join. Because of this, in 1988 the name was changed from Future Farmers of America to just FFA, according to the National FFA Association.

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