SouthWest Edgecombe High School agriscience teacher Shelley Armour boasts about the many accomplishments of the school’s chapter of the National Future Farmers of America.
The chapter recently presented numerous awards as a method of celebrating the activities of the past academic year and its members.
Armour said agricultural education prepares students for successful careers and a lifetime of informed choices in the global agriculture, food, fiber and natural resources systems. As a component of this, SouthWest’s FFA sponsored several activities. such as picnic tables and plant sales.
“The FFA motto is: Learning to Do, Doing to Learn, Earning to Live, Living to Serve,” Armour said. “That’s exactly what four of the awards we gave out are based on.”
Students who excel in the classroom are presented with the Learning to Do Award, while students that excel at the hands-on aspect of FFA and qgricultural education are given the Doing to Learn award. In addition, students who are focusing on earning money based on their FFA projects and work in agriculture are given the Earning to Live award, while students that are serving others in the school and community are presented with the Living to Serve award.
This year, Lillian House and Hunter Petway received the Learning to Do Award, Celena Daughtridge received the Doing to Learn Award, Daniel Threatt received the Earning to Live Award and Douglas Cooper received the Living to Serve Award. Also, Hali Pavelka was given the FFA/FFJ Chapter Ambassador Award for her hosting two Future Farmers of Japan students.
Douglas Cooper received the Star Greenhand Degree, an award given to an outstanding first year student, while Carlton and Donna Cooper were recipients of the Honorary Chapter Degree, an award given to a supporter of the program that has gone above and beyond to help.
Armour also was bestowed an award at the Ag Ed Awards Ceremony at the Career Technical Education Conference. She received a 10 years of service pin from the National Association of Agriculture Educators and the N.C. Agriculture Teacher Association.
The National FFA Organization is dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.