Thirty-eight members of the Cumberland County High School Chapter of the National FFA Organization, formerly known as Future Farmers of America, spent their spring break in Gatlinburg representing the school at the 91st Tennessee State FFA Convention.

The students competed in a variety of competitions and received recognition on the state and national levels. 

Students honored for their accomplishments at the Convention include:

Alex Stowers, Katelyn Carpenter, Kim Wooll, team Samantha Essex and Sheridan Roberts, and team Chase Mullins and Jacob Debord, state runners-up, Agriscience Fair Projects.

Regional Proficiency Winners Katelyn Carpenter, Agriscience Research; Gabe Cook; Ag Sales; Dylan Wood, Ag Mechanic Repair and Maintenance; and Storie Hollingsworth, Home and Community Development.

Dylan Wood, State Proficiency Winner

Samantha Essex, Sheridan Roberts, Alex Colton and Jacob Debord, third place, Ag Communications.

Abbi Miller, Courtney Robinson, Maggie Miller, Alex Colton and alternates Ethan Troglin, Keeley Frazier and Savannah Hassler, fifth place, Meats Evaluation team.

Katelyn Carpenter, Samantha Essex, Caroline Beasley and Gabe Cook, state runner-up Quiz Bowl team.

Alex Colton, Ty Davis and Alex Woody, FFA college scholarship winners.

Overall, the CCHS chapter was awarded State Superior Chapter, 10% Member Increase, National Chapter Gold Rating and FFA Camp Clements Chapter of the Week, and a Passing Literacy Onward Platinum Award for reading to Martin Elementary students during National Agriculture Literacy Week. 

Twelve CCHS FFA members received their State FFA Degree, the highest award a member can receive on the state level. Those students are Ty Davis, Hannah Black, Gabe Cook, Alex Colton, Alex Woody, Cassie Bumbalough, Ethan Smith, Amber Williams, Jordyn Meeks, CJ Burgess, Justin Reed, and Abby Copeland 

The 35 FFA members from CCHS were among more than 3,000 students fulfilling their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success as their passions were amplified for agricultural education and their futures. 

FFA members met other members from across Tennessee, attended the Dolly Parton’s Stampede. 

The National FFA Organization is one of the largest youth organizations in the world, with more than 600,000 members nationwide. 

During the three day conference, CCHS members enjoyed exploring the streets of Gatlinburg, meeting colleges and agricultural businesses at the FFA expo center, and participating in sessions at the Gatlinburg Convention Center led by State FFA officers.

They also relished the opportunity to watch Tennessee FFA State Secretary and CCHS 2018 graduate Nick Carpenter give his retiring address. The students he addressed included his sister, Katelyn Carpenter. Dakota Randolph, 2018 CCHS graduate, introduced the retiring secretary. 

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. 

Tennessee FFA includes more than 14,000 members throughout public and private schools alike. 

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