Photo by Ginny Sampson

Photo by Ginny Sampson

Newton High School's FFA has had a busy semester.

The group recently celebrated National FFA week last week, which celebrated future farmers, scientists, business leaders and teachers who will someday lead the worldwide effort to provide safe and affordable food to all.

During the week, the club held activities that gave members a chance to educate the public about agriculture.

On Monday, both the junior and senior floriculture teams competed against 39 other teams from the North Region of Georgia. The contest included plant identification, problem solving, written exam, and plant diseases and disorders. Students competing were Kayla Eason, Brianna Galloway, Anna Grace Ellis, Alexis Duffey, Karen Cardenas, Heather Stanley, Maricruz Ramos and Evelyn Vera.

On Tuesday, FFA members Ben Richardson and Anna Grace Ellis represented the chapter at the state's capitol for FFA Day at the Capitol. This was an opportunity for our local representatives and senators to have a moment to visit with FFA chapters from across the state and have a breakfast and discussion about agriculture education and the impact the program has on students in the state.

On Wednesday, the school held a faculty/staff appreciation breakfast to thank them for their continued support of the program, and on Thursday, FFA members helped prepare and serve dinner at the Rainbow House Ministries as a community service project.

The week ended on Friday with FFA Member Appreciation, when the chapter held its annual member appreciation cookout and bon fire after school for all FFA members.

In mid February, the Newton County FFA participated at the Georgia State Livestock Show in Perry Georgia, where there were steers, heifers and hogs exhibited from the county.

At the state Livestock Banquet, Newton County FFA, Alcovy FFA, Eastside FFA and Newton 4-H was recognized numerous times.

From Newton County FFA, Jenna Lawson placed second in the steer record book, and the group was awarded with a plaque for us having the highest number of first-year steer exhibitors.

Aleah Hill placed first in her class in showmanship and in the 12th-grade final drive she scored 12th overall. Over the entire senior showman in the state, she was 12th.

In the heifer show, Hill placed first in commercial heifer, Jenna Lawson placed fifth in commercial heifer and Josie Stamps placed fourth in hereford heifer.

Dalton Hegwood placed 2nd in his barrow class.

The senior FFA floriculture team competed recently at the Oconee County Civic Center, where a total of 18 teams competed and ranked fourth. A total of 58 students competed, and Kayla Eason placed 10th, Alexis Duffey 11th, Brianna Galloway 15th and Anna Grace Ellis 19th. The team received a gold ranking for placing in the top 1/3 of all teams competing.

The junior FFA floriculture team, comprised of all ninth-graders, also competed -- 21 teams ranked seventh. A total of 58 students competed, and Heather Stanley placed 17th, Evelyn Vera 18th, Maricruz Ramso 19th and Karen Cardenas 37th. The team received a gold ranking for placing in the top 1/3 of all teams competing.