National FFA Convention Held

THS Freshmen Maggie Huff and Hayden McCord of the Thomson-McDuffie Middle and Thomson High FFA chapters have been named a national finalist this year in the Food Science Category in the National FFA Agriscience Fair. The National FFA Agriscience Fair is a key competition that was part of the annual National FFA Convention & Expo, Oct. 24-27 in Indianapolis. To qualify, FFA members working as individuals or teams in grades seven through 12 are required to conduct a scientific research project pertaining to the agriculture or food science industries and win their state’s FFA Agriscience Fair. The panel of judges reviewed entries and selected a maximum of 12 in each category and division to move on to the national competition. Maggie and Hayden placed eighth in the national competition, earning national recognition with a silver medal. The 2018 National FFA Agriscience Fair is sponsored by Cargill, Chevrolet, John Deere and Syngenta.

Nicole Bridges, a Thomson High School FFA member and graduate of Thomson High, received the American FFA Degree. This award is the highest award earned at the National level. This is earned by FFA members who have demonstrated the highest level of commitment to FFA and made significant accomplishments in their supervised agricultural experiences.
The 2018 American FFA Degree recipients – some 4,000 plus FFA members in all from 46 state associations were recognized on-stage at the 91st National Convention & Expo on Oct. 27.
The American FFA Degree is awarded at the National FFA Convention & Expo each year to less than one percent of FFA members, making it one of the organization’s highest honors. Requirements to earn the honor are lengthy.
In addition to their degree certificate, each recipient receives a gold American FFA Degree key.

Finalists of the Dairy Production Placement Proficiency were recognized at the 91st National FFA Convention held in Indianapolis, IN on Oct. 26.
Charles (C.J.) Martin of the Thomson High FFA in Georgia was recognized as one of four national finalists. Although he did not win, CJ was awarded $500 and a plaque for his accomplishments.
Proficiency awards are granted to FFA members who have excelled in their Supervised Agricultural Experience. The Dairy Production Placement Proficiency involves activities where students acquire industry experience by working alongside professionals implementing programs that utilize the best management practices available to produce and market dairy cattle and dairy products efficiently.