CALEB CHAPMAN COMPETES IN TRACTOR DRIVING CONTEST
Caleb Chapman showed off his tractor driving skills as he competed in the Area 3 Tractor Driving Contest held near Ft. Valley. He is shown backing a tractor and implement into an area with only 6 inches clearance on each side. He didn’t bring home the first place trophy, but the experience was very valuable as he gets ready to compete next year.
NINTH GRADE FFA MEMBERS ATTEND FAIR DAY
Twelve Marion County FFA members attended the FFA Day At the Fair in the Fall. This day is set aside each year to acquaint 9th graders with all the possibilities available to them through the FFA. This was a great experience for the following students: (L-R Front) Alana Wagner, Jonathan Douglas, Matt Weed, John Rigdon, and Jonathan Lewis. (L-R Back) Antonio Bridges, C.J. Zipperer, Zack Fuller, Adam Barsaleau, Matthew Jones, Jacob Bullard, and Bryan Merritt. (picture #4127)
CHRISTOPHER BROWN CHOSES BEEKEEPING AS HIS SAE PROJECT
Students in the Agriculture program are required to choose and carry out a Supervised Agricultural Experience project during the school year. This year Marion County FFA President, Christopher Brown, chose to continue his beekeeping project. Christopher has been working with this honeybee project for a couple of years. He has learned much about the care of the hive and how to collect, process, and sell homegrown honey. In this photo Christopher shows how the hive must have ample fresh water to be productive. (photo #4144)
MARION COUNTY FFA MEMBERS ATTEND ABAC OPEN CAMPUS DAY
FFA members interested in learning more about college life and what is offered at ABAC in Tifton are given the chance during Open Campus Day. Students participating are given a tour of the campus and an opportunity to talk with students and faculty about careers and classes that will get them ready for the work world. FFA members that attended this year were: (front) Miriam Ortega and Brandon Le (back row l-r) Antonio Bridges, Miguel Herrera, ABAC student-Robbie Jones, Forrest Crowder, and Caleb Chapman. Former Marion County FFA member, Brittney Williams was also in on the activities for the day. (picture #4152)
MARION COUNTY FFA FORESTRY TEAM COMPETES IN PERRY
The Marion County FFA Forestry team trains hard during the year to learn valuable skills as they prepare for forestry competitions. This year was no exception. The 2011-2012 FFA Forestry Team did an excellent job in competitions at the Pine Mountain, Perry, and Ft. Valley Field Day events.
This photo shows team members at the Perry Forestry Field Day. Approximately 200 students from around the area come together for some stiff competition in events that mirror what professionals in the forestry industry do on a day to day basis in their jobs. Shown L-R: Antonio Bridges, Miguel Herrera, Hunter Waller, Christopher Brown, Forrest Crowder, and Caleb Chapman. At this competition Christopher Brown and Hunter Waller brought home the 3rd place trophy in the Forest Management event. (picture #4194)
MARION COUNTY AGRICULTURE STUDENTS LEARN AFTER SCHOOL
Members of the Marion County Agriculture program have the opportunity to stay after school and work on projects during the week. Time and equipment is provided for students to learn new skills and explore possible career paths that they would enjoy. Projects dealing with metal working, small engines, woodworking, and electricity are some of the favorites for students. Shown in the photo learning to put shingles on a doghouse are agriculture program participants Alana Wagner and Taylor Brown. (picture #4087)
MARION COUNTY FFA MEMBERS ATTEND SUCCESS CONFERENCE
Developing leadership skills is a number one priority for the FFA Organization around the state and nation. Many programs are developed and provided for students to help them learn these valuable skills in their preparation for adulthood and the world of work. The Success Conference held at the FFA Camp near Covington is one of these opportunities that hundreds of students participate in and enjoy during the school year. Shown in the photo at the conference are Marion County FFA members (L-R) Michelle Sims, Chapter Vice President-Miguel Herrera, and Kasey Faulkner. (picture #4177)
MARION COUNTY SKEET TEAMS HOLD TOURNAMENT
The Marion County FFA Skeet Team recently held a tournament at the Wagon Wheel Gun Club facilities in Talbot Co. Many schools and teams from as far away as Pierce Co. came to try their luck at the fast flying clay targets. The skeet team prepared all year for this fun and exciting contest. The day started out wet and rainy but ended up just right for competitors to try their hand at breaking 50 targets during the tournament. Shown in the photo are (front L-R) 3rd place four member team Adam Barsaleau, Bryan Merritt, Christopher Brown, and Mitchell Morrison. Other team members in back L-R are: Caleb Chapman, Hunter Waller, Forrest Crowder, Zachery Figueroa, and Brad Coleman. The Marion County FFA would like to thank the Wagon Wheel Gun Club for their outstanding support and work to make this tournament a reality. Marion County Coaches Jerry Horne, Warren Barsaleau, Tony Crowder, Jackie Robinson, and Tony Merritt are to be commended for their hard work and dedication in helping to prepare the team throughout the year. (picture # 4197)
TWO MARION COUNTY FFA STUDENTS HONORED AT AREA AWARD PROGRAM
Caleb Chapman and Johnathan Williams were recently given special recognition at the Area 3 FFA Awards program at Ft. Valley University. Caleb competed in the FFA Chapter Treasurer’s Book competition and came away with the Runner Up placing. Johnathan was awarded a certificate for his hard work and proficiency status in the EMC wiring competition. Both students have demonstrated exceptional leadership and skill during the school year. Shown( L-R) in the photo are: Caleb Chapman and Johnathan Williams. (picture #4201
MARION COUNTY FFA MEMBERS DEMONSTRATE SPEAKING SKILLS
Three Marion County FFA members recently competed in leadership contests that involved public speaking. Almost all will agree that public speaking is one of the most feared contests that the FFA provides. Many students coming into the agriculture program and FFA are very hesitant to work on this skill. After much training by agriculture teachers, often students suddenly realize that they can speak in front of an audience with confidence.
That is exactly what happened to FFA members Hayley Belden, Jeremy Welch, and Antonio Bridges. Though no 1st place trophies were brought home, valuable lessons were learned and confidence built. Haley competed in the Extemporaneous Speech contest, Jeremy represented the chapter in the Prepared Speech event, and Antonio Bridges memorized and learned the meaning of the FFA Creed for the Creed Speaking Contest. Shown in the photo L-R are Haley Belden, Jeremy Welch, and Antonio Bridges. (picture 806-2)