11/27/13 Southern High FFA participate in national convention

Southern High FFA participate in national convention
The Times-News 11/27/13  
Reprinted with permission.

   FIVE FUTURE FARMERS of America teams and one individual from Southern Alamance High School competed in the 86th annual FFA National Convention Oct. 30 to Nov. 2 in Louisville, Ky. It was the most teams from any North Carolina high school in history.

   Southern students earned first place in the nation in the Nursery/ Landscape Career Development event for the second year in a row, and for the third time in the past four years.

   Participants from more than 40 teams nationwide were tested on their knowledge of horticultural principles and skills in plant anatomy, production, marketing, turf, landscape design, plant propagation, identification and estimating.

   The Southern team included Austin Greeson, Drew Hanford, D.J. Johnson and Blake Oakley. Their adviser is Nick Anders. All the students earned individual honors.

   This was Southern’s first try in the Horse Evaluation Career Development event. There were nearly 170 participants. Southern won third place with Lauren Lloyd earning individual honors. Teams had to demonstrate professional ability in selection and evaluation of horses in performance and halter classes, and present oral reasons for their selections. Southern team members included Lauren Lloyd, Jacy Kirkpatrick, Allyson Patterson and Lillie Whetzel. Their adviser is Lynn Stas.

   A Southern team won fourth place in the Floriculture Career Development event. Team member Matthew Sublett earned sixth place individual recognition among 175 competitors. The 44 teams in the event were judged on their knowledge of the floriculture industry, identification of plants and foliage, technical floral skills, problemsolving and customer service skills. The team included Matthew Sublett, Tanner Greeson, Zack Thompson and Katie Way. Anders is their adviser.

   The Southern team won 15th place in the Forestry Career Development event. Forty teams were judged on tree identification, timber estimation, identifying tree and forest disorders, and current forestry issues. Judging events were held in the Bernheim Forest in Clermont, Ky. Team members included Hannah Carter, Graham Kirkpatrick, Jessica Staley and John Teague. All earned individual awards as well. Their adviser is Keith Jones.

   Southern FFA students competing in the Agronomy Career Development event earned Silver Emblem Team status in the 36-team event. They were tested on agronomic sciences, identification of seeds, insects, soil, crops and other management practices. Team member Gavin Teague earned Gold Emblem Individual status with Josh Chick, Patrick More and Stephen Handy earning Silver Emblem status from among 143 competitors. Anders is their adviser.

   Mikayla Mann earned Silver Emblem status from among 26 entries in the Dairy Cattle Handler’s Activity. Jones is her adviser.