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Jackson County FFA places third in region rally

The Jackson County FFA Chapter attended the Area II North Region Rally on Sept. 5 and 6 held at the FFA Camp near Covington.

“This two-day leadership event was designed to allow FFA members to start the school year by recognizing how being actively involved in the FFA will help them be successful in the organization,” stated Joseph Ledford, chapter reporter.

The rally began with members placing third in the FFA Opening Ceremonies contest, turning in items collected for City of Refuge, attending leadership development sessions and participating in recreational events along with 700 other FFA members attending from across Area II.

Friday morning started at 8 a.m. where students worked together as a team and competed against other members during the Rally Rumble events. The Region Rally ended with an awards assembly recognizing the success of those participating in each event.

“The Rally was a great opportunity for members to experience some of the opportunities and possibilities that the FFA provides,” said Jackson County Comprehensive High School FFA president, Noel Plunkett.

Members attending were Noel Plunkett, Cody Shattles, Ethan Culver, Hunter Scott, Jesse Cronic, Emma Uesseler, Joseph Ledford, Alexis Lewis, Brooks Franklin, Dana Carter, Alex Engle, Sarah Langley, Samantha Kinney and Kaylee Hollis.

For more information about the FFA organization at JCCHS, contact the agriculture department at 706-367-5003.

Commerce FFA members, from left, Emily Adler, Carter Culp, Jordan Pritchett and Casadi Smith represented the chapter in the Gwinnett County Fair livestock judging contest Sept. 16. The team placed third in the contest. Carter Culp was the second-high individual. The team will compete at contests this fall leading up to the national livestock evaluation CDE this October in Indianapolis at the National FFA Convention.

The Commerce High School FFA competed in its first CDEs of the school year Sept. 26. The area II contests were held at East Jackson Comprehensive High School. Representing CHS in the meat evaluation competition were, from left, Katey Maxwell, Jordan Pritchett, Emily Adler and Casadi Smith. They placed fifth. 

Brynne Culp placed 10th in the floral design CDE.

The FFA Chapter at Jefferson High School recently held its local Tractor Driving Career Development Event. The contest involves a member maneuvering a tractor around various obstacles and proving their knowledge of Agricultural Mechanics. The chapter had three members that competed locally on September 12 in order to decide on Jefferson’s representative for the Contest at the Area II Tractor Driving competition. Tate Hill, Caleb Harness and Jacob Price all competed to be Jefferson’s delegate to the contest. Caleb Harness won the local contest and represented Jefferson at the Area II Contest on Tuesday, September 17 at the Thompson Mill Arboretum. Shown L-R are: Hill, Price and Harness.

The Jefferson City FFA Chapter at Jefferson High School recently held one of its three Pork-Barbeque fundraisers. Students cooked and prepared nearly 150 pieces of meat from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. The next sale is November 22, right before Thanksgiving. Chloe Padgett, Madison Stegner and Bowman Horn were the top salesmen.

Maysville Elementary School student, Josh Cates, won a prize as part of the "SOARing behavior" program.

Locals participate in 'Cabaret'

The Piedmont College Theatre will be performing Cabaret October 3-5.

The following local students will be part of the cast and crew of Cabaret:

  • Dakota Stockton of Braselton
  • Ashton Black of Commerce
  • Mia Clegg of Nicholson
  • Tracy Mealor of Nicholson

Performances are 7:30 p.m. on October 3-5 and 2 p.m. on Oct. 6 at Swanson Center Mainstage Theater.

Freeman earns master's degree in nursing

Paula Freeman, of Hoschton, received a master of science in nursing from Wilkes University.

Wilkes University awarded 425 doctoral, master's and bachelor's degrees to students graduating at the summer commencement ceremony held on Sept. 8.

The Commerce High School FFA chapter has named the Commerce Kiwanis Club its “Supporter of the Month” for September. Kiwanis members raised $269 to go toward the FFA’s fall food drive. FFA members Alyssa Foster, Casadi Smith and Haley Brock were presented the check with Kiwanis club members.