The Appling County Middle School FFA Floriculture Team recently competed in the State FFA Floriculture Career Development Event where they placed first in the Junior Competition. This was a stiff competition, which started out with nearly 100 high schools and middle schools, but Appling County Middle School really shined bright! The event was held at Fort Valley State University in Fort Valley, on Saturday, February 4.
Team members Chris Cook, Carson Carter, Autumn Bailey, Francisco Segura and Kaley Carter became eligible to compete at the state event after winning the Area Six Floriculture Career Development Event. Team members were responsible for identifying floriculture and bedding plant materials, along with taking a general horticulture knowledge exam.
FFA is a national organization of over 449,000 members preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture. FFA is an integral part of the agricultural education program in public schools. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. Appling County is as strong as it has ever been and has over 250 students in FFA.
Ricky Barnes is the Appling County Middle School FFA advisor and Vann Mills is Appling County High School’s FFA advisor. They look forward to continuing to work with the students in Appling County and maybe bring home more State Titles!! The Floriculture Career Development Event is sponsored by the Georgia FFA Foundation.