High school FFA teams bring home awards

High school FFA teams bring home awards
Posted on 06/30/2022
Morganton, NC – Thursday, June 30, 2022

Even in the summer months many of our students are hard at work, especially those in our FFA programs at East Burke and Freedom high schools. Both school programs recently attended the FFA State Convention where they brought home awards in food sciences, agronomy, agriculture mechanics, forestry and more.

Freedom High School was awarded in the following categories:

  • The Agriculture Mechanics team placed 12th. The team included Nathan P., Ben B., Gavian C. and Clay S.
  • The Forestry team placed 11th. The team included Gracie S., Nathan P., Kelsey B. and Connor C.
  • Agricultural Tools and Materials finished in the top 30 out of nearly 100 teams. The team included Clay S., Jacob M., Gavian C.
  • The John Deere Gator Wars team placed first in the state. The team consisted of Ben B., Gavian C., Clay S. and Jacob M.
  • Gracie S. received the Old North State FFA Degree.
  • Hannah H., Freedom alumni and current North Carolina State University student in Ag Education, was recognized for advancing her American Degree application to national judging.
  • The Freedom FFA Chapter also received the Superior National Chapter award for actively implementing the mission and strategies of the National FFA throughout the year.
East Burke High School was awarded in the following categories:

  • Dixie L. received the Old North State FFA Degree
  • The Agronomy team placed 19th. The team consisted of Shelby H., Michelle C., Sarah C. and Tucker D.
  • The Food Sciences team placed 44th. The team consisted of Rashell W., Melanie M., Kaylee P. and Timmy Y.
Dustin Haigler, career and technical education teacher at FHS, said "It's a huge deal to be able to advance to states in the competitions that we were a part of, not just from a competitive perspective but for the opportunity to fulfill the FFA mission of building these student leaders through personal growth and career success. I'm proud of the effort put forth by our members in preparations and practice for these competitions, and look forward to the same students using this as a recruiting tool for more members to go back next year "

Daniel Sartin, career and technical education teacher at EBHS, said "East Burke High School students were eager to experience the NC FFA Convention and for the majority, this was their first time. Students had the opportunity to compete against others in the state in their Career Development Events, meet other NC FFA members, and learn more about agriculture in North Carolina throughout the week while getting to see some of NC State's campus and the Raleigh area."

Superintendent Dr. Mike Swan, said, "Our agricultural education programs are growing, and we could not be more proud of these students for representing Burke County Public Schools at the state level. Congratulations to each student and their teachers for their hard work and dedication to a program they are passionate about"


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