UNION COUNTY — The local chapter of an organization dedicated to “providing a path to achievement” for the “individual student … through agricultural education” recently took part in a state convention where members served as delegates and took part in competitions.
In a statement released by the Union County Career and Technology Center, it was announced that the “members of the Union County FFA Chapter attended State FFA Convention, June 7-9 at Clemson University.”
The press release states that chapter members “Baylie Black and Bailey Long served as delegates in executive sessions” while chapter member “Jasmine Suggs represented Union County in Beginner Creed Speaking, after qualifying for state competition by placing 2nd in the Mid-State region.”
In addition those activities, the press release states that FFA members took part in leadership workshops, listened to keynote speakers and met with State FFA officers.”
Also attending and taking part in the convention were chapter members Donasia Nash, Kayleigh Spencer, Kailee Stepp, Kenna Newton, Victoria Moore, Bailey Long, and Patrick Long.
The press release states that the students were accompanied to the convention by Union County FFA advisors Ashley Dill and Jeffery Whisenhunt.
According to the National FFA website (ffa.org) FFA is “an intracurricular student organization for those interested in agriculture and leadership. It is one of the three components of agricultural education.”
The website states that FFA stands for “Future Farmers of America,” but that while “these letters are a part of our history and our heritage that will never change … the organization “is not just for students who want to be production farmers; FFA also welcomes members who aspire to careers as teachers, doctors, scientists, business owners and more. For this reason, the name of the organization was updated in 1988 after a vote of national convention delegates to reflect the growing diversity and new opportunities in the industry of agriculture.”
In 2017, the website states FFA “remains committed to the individual student, providing a path to achievement in premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.” It states that “FFA continues to help the next generation rise up to meet those challenges by helping its members to develop their own unique talents and explore their interests in a broad range of agricultural career pathways. So today, we are still the Future Farmers of America. But, we are the Future Biologists, Future Chemists, Future Veterinarians, Future Engineers and Future Entrepreneurs of America, too.”
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.