Three Malone Students Take Honors At State FFA Convention By Sid Riley
The Malone FFA Chapter "Plowed a New Furrow" at the State FFA Convention in Orlando last week. These youngsters represented Jackson County and the Malone School with distinction as they came away with several meaningful trophies, awards, and titles.
They went to Orlando with new shirts that were screen printed "Harvesting Leaders", and while there they demonstrated just what that slogan meant.
The most notable and exciting achievement occurred when Carly Barnes was nominated for the position of State Vice President…..and WON! The state officer panel for FFA consists of a President, a Secretary, and six Vice Presidents. It is a very high honor to win any of these coveted positions.
Along with this accomplishment, the Malone group excelled in several of the State proficiency competitions. Rett Daniels won the state title in "Agricultural Machinery and Machinery Repair and Maintenance", Lawson Mozley won in "Fiber and Oil Products" and "Forage Products", and Carly Barnes won the state competition in "Emerging Agricultural Technologies". As state winners, their entries will now become part of the national FFA competition to be held later in the year.
Carly Barnes is the daughter of Susan and Rick Barnes of Greenwood. She recently simultaneously graduated from Malone High School and Chipola College, at the age of seventeen. Her FFA Advisor is Kim Barber. Carly also worked as an intern here at the Jackson County Times earlier this year, so this outstanding young lady is special to our staff here at the paper.
Carly will now proceed to Gainesville for a week of what is termed "Blast Off" training for state officers. This will be followed by several other summer training sessions, including a session in North Carolina for all state officers.
In August she will take part in the first State Leadership School for other rising future FFA students. Her focus will be on the Area 1 FFA District which covers all schools from Madison to Pensacola. During the school year she will tour the state conducting training programs with chapters in many schools. She will be covering a wide range of subject matter during these programs, in response to the requests of the various Chapter Advisors.
Then next Spring she will be given the opportunity to travel to Spain as part of a national FFA delegation. This group will tour the Spanish agricultural industries and serve as good will ambassadors between the two nations.
On Tuesday evening a reception was held in honor of Carly for bringing home the state position. Her Advisor, Kim Barber, hosted the event at the Malone City Café. We congratulate Carly for a much deserved recognition, and wish her an exciting year as State FFA Vice President.