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July 7, 2017

Liberty FFA students place in state competition

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Seventeen Liberty High School students represented the C.L. Payne FFA Chapter at Virginia Tech last month.
Members of Liberty High School’s Future Farmers of America chapter won one first-place and two second-place state titles at the 91st annual Virginia FFA convention last month.

The C.L. Payne FFA Chapter attended the event held June 26-29 at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg.

Megan Day placed first in dairy handling and will represent Virginia at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Ind., in October.

Christopher Kuhler placed second in extemporaneous public speaking and will represent Virginia at the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, Mass., this fall.

Tori Claveloux won second place in computer applications.

Seventeen Liberty students represented the C.L. Payne FFA Chapter at the convention and stayed on campus.

Members were encouraged to “transform now, transform always” through the theme “Transform Purpose into Action.”

In addition to the three state-title winners, other LHS students in attendance included: Austin Bridge, Codi Cooper, Garth Corbin, Katelyn Graves, Jacob Griffith, Dylan Hall, David Allen Hoffman, Gerard Hogan, Jonathan Kuhler, Mackenzie Mitchell, Veronica Neddo, Kassidy Strayer, Payton Welch and Cathryn Wolfe.

Students participated in numerous career development events and attended various leadership workshops.

Career development events included employment skills, computer applications, agricultural mechanics, horse hippology, extemporaneous public speaking, dairy handling, and floriculture.

The Liberty FFA chapter received a gold rating on their National Chapter Award application, which will advance to further competition at the National FFA Convention in October.

Only 17 chapters in the state received this honor at the convention this year; Liberty’s chapter has received this honor two years in a row.

The chapter also received a gold rating in the area of public relations and a gold rating for their chapter scrapbook. The final award was an overall rating of superior.

On Wednesday evening Joshua Boggs, Christopher Kuhler and Austin Bridge received their FFA State Degrees.

For eligibility, they had to maintain records for their Supervised Agriculture Experience; be an active member on the local, area, and state level; complete numerous community service activities; and earn at least $1,000 or work a minimum of 300 unpaid hours.

Over the course of four years the three maintained record books documenting the hours and activities they completed.

Christopher Kuhler, president of Libety’s FFA chapter, served as a state officer candidate. During the course of the week he went through an extensive interview process, which included both personal and group interviews.

Christopher was elected to serve as the Virginia FFA State Sentinel for the 2017-2018 year.

FFA is a national youth organization that teaches student members leadership and prepares them for careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture.

The Virginia FFA Association has over 10,000 members in 180 chapters.

Stephanie Fincham, Miranda Locuratolo, and Pam Woodward advise the C.L. Payne FFA Chapter at Liberty High School.

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