The Covington High School FFA had a very strong showing at the 2014 State FFA Convention.
On Sunday, the opening and closing ceremonies team competed against the best of the best from west, middle and east. The team did extremely well, finishing third in the state.
Team members were Catherine Turner, Kaitilyn Richardson, Aaron Rogers, Madison Miller, Lily Pollack, Nathan Oliver and Bailey Black.
After the competition, the team joined with the rest of the members and attended FFA Night at the Dixie Stampede in Pigeon Forge, which was one of the highlights of the convention.
On Monday, the chapter was recognized during the first session for the following awards: 10 Percent Membership Increase Award, the National Chapter Award (Gold), the State Superior Chapter Award, and the PLOW Award (Platinum).
During the second session, the chapter was recognized as having the state runner up teams in Land Judging and Dairy Foods. Team members on the Land Judging Team were Molly Flanagan, Kayla Fisher, Sam Daniel and Sam Wauford. Team members on the Dairy Foods team were Jonah McDivitt, Jacob McDivitt, Sam Wauford and Kate Armstrong.
Also during the afternoon, the Covington Agriculture Sales team competed and finished fourth in the state. Team members were Molly Flanagan, Kayla Fisher, Katilyn Richardson and Madison Miller.
On Tuesday, the chapter had an outstanding day as the chapter went eight for eight in winning state proficiencies. The following members were state winners and will move on to nationals this fall in Louisville to compete: Brandi Honshell in Agriculture Processing, Sam Wauford in Forest Products, Sam Daniel in Fruit Production, Jeffrey Sartain in Outdoor Recreation, Molly Flanagan in Swine Production, Sherridan Stough in Specialty Crops, Britney Kellum in Vegetable Production and Hannah Turner in Wildlife Management.
Also, the chapter competed in the Agriculture Marketing Plan Competition and finished second in West Tennessee and sixth in the state. Team members were Britney Kellum, Sam Daniel and Hannah Turner.
On Wednesday, the chapter had five students receive their State FFA Degree, which is the highest award that a member can receive in our state. The members who earned their state degree include Billy Howard, Alex Smith, Kayla Fisher, Sherridan Stough and Britney Kellum. The morning session also announced the 2014-2015 Tennessee state officers. The chapter's candidate was Jeffrey Sartain. Even though Jeffrey was not elected as a state officer, the chapter is very proud of him and all of his accomplishments in FFA. He represented our chapter and the association well during this process.
As the school year begins to wind down, the chapter would like to thank everyone at CHS, our alumni, and community members for supporting these young people. The members are "ignited" to finish the school year strong.
The chapter would also like to send congratulations to the Brighton and Munford FFA chapters for the superior showings that they had at the state convention.