The 88th Kentucky FFA State Convention was held June 6th-8th, 2017 in Lexington, KY. Nineteen members of the Taylor County FFA Chapter attended the convention and competed in several competitions and events such as Ag Marketing, Farm Business Management, Middle School Opening and Closing Ceremonies, Impromptu Speeches, and Agriscience Fair Projects. The members did not disappoint anyone by their success at the convention, they racked up on awards and scholarships. Taylor County’s student payout in scholarships and prize money was $4,320. Students can use this money to further their education or make improvements to their SAE programs.
Hunter Miller - Agriscience Fair - Plant Systems – Division 3
Ryan Underwood - Agriscience Fair - Animal Systems – Division 3
3rd -Ashley Smith - Small Animal Impromptu Speaking
3rd - Jacob Eads - Landscape Management Proficiency
3rd - Farm Business Management Team (members include: Megan Underwood, Caleb Southern, Katie Murley, and Gabriel Sharp)
3rd - Opening Ceremonies Team (members include: Breanna Sharp, Collin White, Abby Brock, Bradley Gribbins, Jaylin Cox, and Kyle Chappell)
3rd- Ag Marketing Team (members include: Abigal Smoot, Kelsie Perkins, and Katie Arnold)
3rd - Dairy Impromptu Speaking - Gabriel Sharp
2nd - Gabriel Sharp - Vegetable Production Proficiency
2nd – Dairy Entrepreneurship Proficiency- Korri Briggs
1st - Beef Impromptu Speaking- Megan Underwood
1st - Beef Production Entrepreneurship Proficiency- Bradshaw Smoot
1st - Agriscience Research Proficiency - Integrated Systems- Rebekah Cowherd
1st - Agriscience Research Proficiency - Animal Systems - Megan Underwood
1st - Megan Underwood - Agriscience Fair - Animal Systems - Division 5
1st - Rebekah Cowherd - Agriscience Fair – Environmental Systems- Division 5
1st - Tyler Bush - Agriscience Fair - Plant Systems – Division 5
1st - Madison Harmon and Tori Sanders - Agriscience Fair- Social Systems - Division 4
1st - Jaylin Cox - Agriscience Fair - Power and Structural - Division 1
1st - Breanna Sharp - Agriscience Fair - Food Systems - Division 1
National Chapter Application:
Taylor County FFA was again awarded the top chapter awards in the state. They are ranked top 15 in the state and will represent Kentucky at the National contest in October.
Taylor County placed in each area of this contest winning over $1,000 in prize money for the chapter. These awards are based on chapter, student, and community activities that our program provides.
Chapter placings were as follows:
Growing Leaders -3rd
Strengthening Agriculture - 1st
Building Communities- 1st
Good luck to the chapter at Nationals in October!
* Article written by Taylor County FFA Chapter Reporter, Abigail Smoot, TCHS Junior*