Twelve Liberty County High School FFA members traveled last month to Berrien County High School in Nashville, Ga., to compete in Southeast Georgia Career Development Event.
Anna Reaves, Samantha Brownell, Morgan Mitchell and Nicole Esterbrook took part in the Area 6 FFA senior floriculture career development competition. Lisa McKinney, Fulton Allred, Jeremiah Johnson-Glenn and Bernard Vasser took part in the Area 6 FFA junior floriculture career development competition. Madison Ray, Kasity Dixon, Devin Adams and Cameron Foster took part in the agricultural-sales career-development competition. T.J. Standard, Sandra Scott and Rachel Smith also completed a marketing plan for submission in the agricultural-marketing career-development event.
Reaves and Brownell led the senior floriculture team. The students were responsible for learning about more than 90 plants, 32 tools, and 28 diseases and disorders. They studied for a written exam and a problem-solving quiz. The competitors’ scores on plant and tool identification, disorder identification, the problem-solving quiz and the written exam were combined to determine the winner. The Liberty County High School senior team placed fourth.
McKinney and Allred led the junior floriculture team. The students were responsible for learning more than 50 plants and 10 tools as well as preparing for a written exam. More than 17 junior teams entered the competition, and the Liberty County High School junior team placed fourth.
Foster and Adams led the agriculture-sales team, which placed sixth. The students learned about Husqvarna outdoor equipment and gave sales pitches to a potential customers.
The agriculture-marketing team completed a marketing plan for a local peach-tree farm. The students determined industry trends, analyzed the market, proved they understood competitor strengths and weaknesses and created strategy and action plans. Liberty County High School’s team placed third.
FFA is a national organization of more than 540,000 members preparing for careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture.