Warren County FFA members racked up numerous awards during a Tennessee State FFA Convention held in Gatlinburg recently. Among the wins was a first in three decades.
For the first time in approximately 30 years, an FFA member from Warren County High School has been named an FFA state officer.
WCHS senior John Adam Turner earned the distinction.
“It is going to be a lot of traveling and hard work, but I think I’m up for it,” said Turner, who was named Middle Tennessee vice president.
A senior this year, Turner plans to attend Tennessee Tech in Cookeville and major in agribusiness management. Upon graduation, his goal is to return home and continue his work at Turner and Son Nursery.
Over 3,000 FFA members from across the state gathered for four days to compete in various contests at the state convention. There were 21 Warren County FFA members in attendance.
State FFA Degrees went to Turner, Abby Barlow, Trishia Mitchell, Colby Pearsall, Lee Northcutt, Nick Cantrell and Mac Britton.
“State FFA Degree is the highest degree bestowed on a member at the state level,” said FFA advisor Danielle Smith. “The students had to meet a long list of requirements and complete 25 hours of community service to earn this honor.”
Three members were named state proficiency finalists — Barlow won second place in Swine Production, Turner won first place in Diversified Agriculture, and Pearsall was a finalist in Agriculture Services.
“These students have worked on their supervised agricultural experience for four years and had to complete an extensive application,” said Smith.
Rounding out the other accomplishments for Turner, he placed third in the state in Extemporaneous Public Speaking and was a state finalist for Star in Agribusiness.
Warren County FFA was also named the Top Fruit Selling FFA Chapter statewide.