East Lawrence FFA attends state competition

Pictured in the back row from left: East Lawrence Ag Instructor and FFA Leader Jeremiah Posey, FFA members Chase Arnett, Andrew Vess, Preston Hughes, Ben Caylor, Garrett Miller, Joshua Johnston and Hayden Rose. In the front row from left: FFA members Billy Cahela, Jaiden Cook, Kadon Smith, Marlow Grace Harrison and Kadi Redmon.

The East Lawrence Future Farmers of America students competed in the FFA Alabama State Competition on Tuesday, June 4 at Auburn University and brought home several awards following the State Convention in Montgomery.

As a group, the East Lawrence FFA received the National Chapter Award, recognizing the East Lawrence Chapter as one of the top chapters in the nation, said East Lawrence Ag instructor and FFA Director Jeremiah Posey. 

The Chapter also received the Crime Prevention Award for their efforts in crime prevention within their community, the Building Our Alabama Communities (BOAC) Award for achievements the group has reached over the past year, and the 100% Membership Award, which is awarded to FFA chapters for their upstanding participation. 

During the state competition, a 10th-grade student, Kadi Redmon, placed first in the FFA Creed Speaking Contest, which allowed her to advance to the national competition. 

“During this competition, participants have to recite the FFA Creed and answer three questions to a panel of judges,” Posey said. “Kady will do this again at nationals.”

The East Lawrence Aquaculture Team, which includes students Chase Arnett, Jaiden Cook, Billy Cahela and Kadon Smith, placed third in the state among more than 20 other competing teams, said Posey. 

The Ag Construction Team, including Ben Taylor, Joshua Johnston, Andrew Vess and Hayden Rose, placed eighth in the state. 

Rose, who is a junior, also finished second in the state for his proficiency application, which details a students’ work they perform around the home or farm. 

Three students received their FFA State Degrees while attending the State Convention. Andrew Vess, Billy Cahela and Joshua Johnson were each awarded with the highest degree FFA participants can earn on the state level, Posey explained. 

During the convention, graduating senior Preston Hughes, who earned the title of FFA State Reporter in June of 2018, gave his retiring address.

“Preston organized the convention, which is an extremely high honor,” Posey said. “He finished his one-year term in June.”

Hughes is the first East Lawrence student to be elected to a state office. 

Congratulations to the East Lawrence FFA Chapter and their leader, Jeremiah Posey, who also received the Honorary State Degree for leading his team.

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