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FFA: A Day in the Life at PR
It has been an exciting year for FFA at Porter Ridge High School. The letters "FFA" stand for Future Farmers of America but today it is recognized as the National FFA Organization. This club promotes personal growth, premier leadership and career success. The club's main focus is agriculture which includes animal science, horticulture, and equine science.
The members have been busy doing fundraisers like car washes and yard sales, attending a national convention, hosting Wake Up To Ag Day for the cluster's 3rd graders and conducting their annual plant sale, all under the leadership of their advisor, Bethany Sweatt.
Sweatt attended Clemson University to study Agricultural Education. She graduated from Fort Mill High School where she served as the FFA President. Sweatt commented, “The mission of FFA includes the phrase ‘to promote leadership, personal goals, and career success.’ I believe that FFA helps give students a chance to be active in their communities and teaches them skills to help them be successful in life.”
The officers and members of FFA attend conventions and compete with other FFA students around the country to win awards and prizes. In November 2014, four members and Sweatt traveled to Louisville, Kentucky for the National FFA Convention. President, Katie Elliott, commented, "We had a great time in Louisville. We had lots of fun traveling with friends and it felt even better knowing we raised most of the money ourselves."
Members sold poinsettias to help raise money for their trip. Jordon Oxendine commented, "Most of my teachers purchased a poinsettia from me. The poinsettias were really pretty and it was for a good cause."
The club hosted Wake Up To Ag Day in April for 3rd graders from the Porter Ridge cluster. Adrienne Adcock commented, "I love Wake Up To Ag day because I get to see children have fun and learn about agriculture!"
With the year coming to a close and many of their main events already over, the club is now working on an end of year banquet where members and their families will enjoy dinner and awards. The banquet will be on Thursday, May 28th at 7 p.m. in the PRHS Cafeteria.
Written by: Rebekah Rabon and Katie Elliott, 12th grade FFA Members
Posted: May 19, 2015 by Judy Davis