New­ton High FFA earns na­tional hon­ors

Stu­dents to be rec­og­nized at con­fer­ence

The Covington News - - Local News -

New­ton High School’s FFA Chap­ter will be ac­knowl­edged as a Two-Star Na­tional Chap­ter at the 80th Na­tional FFA Con­ven­tion held in In­di­anapo­lis, Ind., Oct. 25 – 27.

The school’s FFA Chap­ter earned this spe­cial recog­ni­tion as a re­sult of the Pro­gram of Ac­tiv­i­ties the chap­ter con­ducted dur­ing the past year. The POA con­sists of three di­vi­sions which the ac­tiv­i­ties must fall un­der: stu­dent de­vel­op­ment, chap­ter de­vel­op­ment, and com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment. Each di­vi­sion con­sists of five ac­tiv­i­ties cre­at­ing a to­tal of 15 dif­fer­ent ac­tiv­i­ties in which mem­bers in the chap­ter can par­tic­i­pate.

“Par­tic­i­pa­tion was higher last year than ever be­fore, al­low­ing our mem­bers the many op­por­tu­ni­ties to par­tic­i­pate in a variety of events,” said Ryan Tal­ton, agri­cul­ture teacher and FFA ad­vi­sor.

Some of the ac­tiv­i­ties in­cluded a hol­i­day canned food drive, trash pickup on Ram Drive, host­ing the lo­cal live­stock show, op­er­at­ing a pet­ting zoo for the YMCA In­dian Guides, con­duct­ing a farm day for preK stu­dents in con­junc­tion with the Farm Bureau, tak­ing mem­bers to the State FFA Con­ven­tion and hav­ing recre­ational ac­tiv­ity at each of the FFA meet­ings held at the school.

“Each of th­ese events was care­fully planned at our an­nual of­fi­cer’s re­treat,” said Justin Ben­nett, agri­cul­ture teacher and FFA ad­vi­sor. “They were also pho­tographed and eval­u­ated at the con­clu­sion of the event.”

New­ton County FFA sub­mit­ted its ap­pli­ca­tion to the State FFA As­so­ci­a­tion last Fe­bru­ary for judg­ing and was named in the top 10 per­cent of all chap­ters in Ge­or­gia. The same ap­pli­ca­tion was then sub­mit­ted to the Na­tional FFA Or­ga­ni­za­tion where it was judged along with other ap­pli­ca­tions from the na­tion.

“We are ex­traor­di­nar­ily proud of our FFA chap­ter here at New­ton High School,” said Joe Gheesling, prin­ci­pal of New­ton High. “Our teach­ers and stu­dents con­tin­u­ously dis­play the high­est lev­els of en­thu­si­asm and com­mit­ment to this very im­por­tant ed­u­ca­tional pro­gram.”

Kathy Reese, New­ton County School Sys­tem di­rec­tor of high school cur­ricu­lum, added Ben­nett and Tal­ton have done and out­stand­ing job with the chap­ter.

“In or­der for their work to be rec­og­nized at the na­tional level, they had to go above and be­yond the call of duty,” Reese said. “The stu­dents at New­ton High are for­tu­nate to have such ded­i­cated teach­ers. We are proud of the ac­com­plish­ments of this FFA Chap­ter.”

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