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FFA Honors distinguished members at banquet

By: Lacy Hilliard
Tomahawk Writer/Photographer

The Future Farmers of America (FFA) organization at Johnson County High School (JCHS) is perhaps one of the most time-honored and active groups in the county. Each year, agriculturally inclined students are offered various opportunities to exercise knowledge gained through the program at various competitions throughout the region. The annual FFA Banquet both honors student achievement and acts as a venue to educators and parents to come together and promote the future success of the program.
The banquet opened with the recitation of the FFA Creed, which perhaps best summarizes the mission of the organization and begins with, “I believe in the future of agriculture, with a faith born not of words but of deeds – achievements won by the present and past generations of agriculturists; in the promise of better days through better ways, even as the better things we now enjoy have come to us from the struggles of former years.” The FFA members are no strangers to hard work and their willingness to do so for the betterment of the organization is inspiring to say the least.
Being an FFA Member is nearly equivalent to undertaking an entire new curriculum in addition to school curriculum. Members travel far and wide to showcase what they’ve learned while taking part in competitions throughout the state. Johnson County FFA members consistently exhibit why their FFA chapter is superior. The students perform well at competitions and seemingly have a deep affection for their fellow members as well as their leaders.
The benefits afforded to students that take part in the FFA are endless. Catlin Rich, President of the Johnson County FFA, says the FFA has helped her come “out of my comfort zone.” Vice President Jenna McNeill stated her favorite FFA memory is “learning many things that will take me forward in my life and having been a part of something spectacular.” Mary Taylor, Treasurer, stated she enjoyed, “Talking about dinosaurs with Mr. Dugger and learning many different things in a matter of minutes. And also the many friends.” All three see themselves within agricultural careers in the future. Rich plans to teach “the next generation of agriculture students” while McNeill sees a career as a Tennessee Wildlife Resources officer in her future.
Several students received recognition at the 2015 FFA Banquet. The scholarship awards were presented to Cynthia Sampson, Jasmine Stephens, Rebekah Dugger, Sawyer Main and Mary Taylor.

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