Davie FFA qualifies for national award competition

Published 9:49 am Thursday, July 14, 2022

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The  Davie County FFA Chapter was recognized as a National FFA Chapter Award Winner during the N.C. FFA State Convention June 21-23.

This award recognizes local FFA chapters that have excelled in the areas of growing leaders, building communities, and strengthening agriculture. Chapters must submit an extensive application outlining activities, chapter goals, means to accomplish those goals, as well as the outcomes. The applications will compete for national honors at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Ind. this October.

Bailey Dyson participated in the Extemporaneous Public Speaking Career Development Event, designed to develop the ability of all FFA members to express himself or herself on a given subject without preparing or rehearsing. Participants are given 30 minutes to prepare a four- to six-minute speech with five minutes of questioning after their speech. This gives FFA members an opportunity to formulate their remarks for presentation in a limited amount of time. She placed first in the region and fourth in the state.  She also received the Old North State FFA degree and was a finalist as Star in Agribusiness.  Bailey plans to attend the University of A&T in Greensboro this fall where she plans to major in animal science.

The Introduction to Horticulture Career Development Event is unique to North Carolina, and is designed to allow students to demonstrate proficiency in plant identification, weed and pest identification, and horticultural knowledge. Participants include: Nevan Ellis, Daniel Lawrence, Meredith Lopez, and Olivia Pollard. They placed first in the region and seventh in the state. Nevan was team high score and was the 6th high score out of more than 80 participants.

The Tool ID team placed 11th out of 52 teams in the state and first in the region. Team members included: Grayson Haynes, Brayden Willard, Jacob Moore, and Aaron Coone. Before the contest students learn and identify 200 tools found in the shop. During the contest they identify 40 tools and define 25.

The purpose of the Meat Evaluation & Technology Career Development Event is to stimulate interest, encourage proficiency development and recognize student excellence in the meat industry as taught through the agricultural education curriculum. This is designed to provide members with a better understanding of the meat processing industry and increase their knowledge of retail cuts and their quality. Participants include: Addison Hendrix, Rayne Atkinson, and Aaron Curtiss. They placed second in the region.

Farm Bureau, sponsors, parents, and chaperones helped in all events.