GREENBRIER — Eight state events were won by Greenbrier Future Farmers of America members, which is unprecedented in the history of competition among high school students in the state.
Future Farmers of America often compete in Career Development Events to strengthen their leadership and agricultural skills. Career Development Events range from livestock evaluation to agriculture mechanics.
Greenbrier FFA members advanced to the state level competitions in April at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville and again in June at Camp Couchdale near Hot Springs with outstanding results. Savannah Snowden, creed speaker, said, "I feel very honored to represent Greenbrier and Arkansas and to get to do what I love, which is competing in FFA events. All of the hard work and effort we put into our CDEs is rewarded just like the FFA Creed teaches."
The following team members won their respective events:
Agriculture Electricity — Cameron Goad, Jarrett Alexander, Jordan Mallett and Ty Davis. Coached by Patrick Breeding.
Dairy Foods — Alana Garrett, Austin Cardin with an overall high individual score, Elisha Grumbles, Haylee Russaw and Heather Small. Coached by Patrick Breeding.
Land — Alex Erbach, Dillon Ross, Dustin Evans, Landon Green and Michael Hall. Coached by Rodney Wiedower.
Nursery/Landscape — Amanda Gustafson, Bailey Smithson with an overall high individual score, Haven Cardin, Haylie Barr and Madison Johnston. Coached by Becca Spinks.
Creed Speaking — Savannah Snowden. Coached by Becca Spinks.
Opening and Closing Ceremonies — Ashton Martin, Colby Leggett, Dakotah Cooper, Jacob Logsdon, Jordan Patton, Kaylee Langrell and Michaela Roberts. Coached by Becca Spinks.
Extemporaneous Public Speaking — Shelby Barkley Coached by Patrick Breeding.
Parliamentary Procedures: Adam Blake, Blake Erbach, Brannon Daniel, Haven Cardin, Tyler Kopp and Morgan Scroggin. Coached by Rodney Wiedower.
Haylee Russaw of the Dairy Foods team said, "It feels like a great accomplishment for our chapter, and it’s so rewarding for all of our hard work and dedication to pay off in the end"
Most of these champion members will be representing Arkansas and competing at the National FFA Convention on Oct. 18-22 in Indianapolis, Ind. They will be holding their chicken sales in the fall to help fund this trip.