Jul 05 2016

Rockcastle County Attends Kentucky FFA State Convention

On June 7th, 8th, and 9th the Rockcastle County FFA Chapter traveled to Lexington to compete at the 87th State FFA Convention. The chapter had several teams and individuals compete in various competitions.

In the team contests Rockcastle County FFA competed and excelled. The Varsity Parliamentary Procedure Team placed 3rd. Team members were: President- David Gabbard, Vice-President- Pamela Miller, Secretary- James Clay Ballinger, Treasurer- Caleb Ballinger, Reporter- Trevor Sweet, Sentinel- Allie Johnson and Members – Hope Holbrook, Austin Kirby, Autumn Kirby, and Logan Miller. Savannah Goff was the alternate on the Varsity Parliamentary Procedure Team. The JV Parliamentary Procedure Team competed and made our chapter very proud with an excellent performance. Team members were: President- Sydney Hines, Vice-President- Hope Holbrook, Secretary- Autumn Davidson, Treasurer- Hannah Denny, Reporter- Elisha Blanton, Sentinel- Cole Ballinger, and Members – Daya McGuire, Heather Miller, Jarrett Burke, and Josh Martin with alternate Tiffany McGuire.

Several members competed in individual contests throughout the convention and had success. Rockcastle County had four members advanced to the state proficiency contests. David Gabbard received 2nd place in the Landscape Management Placement Proficiency contest. The following members competed, but failed to place in the top three in the state contests: Joshua McKinney – Agricultural Sales Entrepreneurship, James Clay Ballinger – Beef Cattle Entrepreneurship, Eric Bullock – Turf Grass Management Placement and Vegetable Production Entrepreneurship.

In the state speaking contest Rockcastle County had one state winner and one 3rd place. Eric Bullock was the state winner in Fruit and Vegetable Impromptu Speaking. David Gabbard took 3rd place in the Agriculture Mechanics Impromptu Speaking contest. The following members competed in the state speaking contests, but failed to place in the top three: Allie Johnson – Nursery and Landscape Impromptu Speaking, Autumn Kirby – Goat Impromptu Speaking, Pamela Miller – Prepared Public Speaking, James Clay Ballinger – Extemporaneous Public Speaking, Hope Holbrook – FFA Creed Speaking, Trevor Sweet – Turf and Lawn Impromptu Speaking, and Brittany Long – Dairy Impromptu Speaking.

Joshua McKinney received a $600 Agricultural Entrepreneurship grant to help expand and grow his supervised agriculture experience. Autumn Davidson and Pamela Miller received Kentucky FFA Alumni scholarship to pay for the expenses to attend the Kentucky FFA Leadership Training Center. Rockcastle County was awarded a State Gold Emblem which the highest award a chapter can receive.

Along with the state contest Rockcastle County also had several members that participated in leadership roles at the convention. Eric Bullock served as the State FFA Convention Committee Chair. Eric Bullock and Trevor Sweet served as voting delegates. Eric Bullock, David Gabbard, Hope Holbrook, Allie Johnson, Autumn Kirby, Pamela Miller, and Trevor Sweet served as members of the State FFA Courtesy Corps. James Clay Ballinger, Eric Bullock, David Gabbard, Allie Johnson, Autumn Kirby, Brittany Long, and Sierra Sturgill received their State FFA Degree which is the highest degree the Kentucky FFA can award an FFA member.

Our chapter would like to congratulate all of these members and teams! A special thanks to the Rockcastle County FFA Alumni Chapter for paying the registration expenses for all those who attended and half of the room costs.

Members that served on the State FFA Courtesy Corps (Back Row Left to Right) – Autumn Kirby, David Gabbard, Trevor Sweet, and Eric Bullock. (Front Row Left to Right) – Allie Johnson, Pamela Miller, and Hope Holbrook.

Members that served on the State FFA Courtesy Corps (Back Row Left to Right) – Autumn Kirby, David Gabbard, Trevor Sweet, and Eric Bullock. (Front Row Left to Right) – Allie Johnson, Pamela Miller, and Hope Holbrook.

David Gabbard placed 2nd the State Landscape Management Placement Proficiency and 3rd in the State Agricultural Mechanics Impromptu Speaking Contest.

David Gabbard placed 2nd the State Landscape Management Placement Proficiency and 3rd in the State Agricultural Mechanics Impromptu Speaking Contest.

State FFA Convention Delegates (Left to Right) Trevor Sweet and Eric Bullock

State FFA Convention Delegates (Left to Right) Trevor Sweet and Eric Bullock

Fruit and Vegetable Impromptu Speaking State Winner Eric Bullock

Fruit and Vegetable Impromptu Speaking State Winner Eric Bullock

Allie Johnson pictured with Gold Emblem Award. The highest rating a chapter can receive on the state level.

Allie Johnson pictured with Gold Emblem Award. The highest rating a chapter can receive on the state level.

Members of the JV Parliamentary Procedure Team. (Back Row Left to Right) – Cole Ballinger, Jarrett Burke, Josh Martin, & Elisha Blanton. (Middle Row Left to Right) – Heather Miller, Tiffany McGuire, Sydney Hines, & Autumn Davidson. (Front Row Left to Right) – Hannah Denny, Hope Holbrook, & Daya McGuire.

Members of the JV Parliamentary Procedure Team. (Back Row Left to Right) – Cole Ballinger, Jarrett Burke, Josh Martin, & Elisha Blanton. (Middle Row Left to Right) – Heather Miller, Tiffany McGuire, Sydney Hines, & Autumn Davidson. (Front Row Left to Right) – Hannah Denny, Hope Holbrook, & Daya McGuire.

Rockcastle County FFA members who competed in the state speaking contests. (Back Row Left to Right) – Autumn Kirby, Trevor Sweet, David Gabbard, James Clay Ballinger, and Brittany Long. (Front Row Left to Right) – Hope Holbrook, Allie Johnson, Eric Bullock, and Pamela Miller.

Rockcastle County FFA members who competed in the state speaking contests. (Back Row Left to Right) – Autumn Kirby, Trevor Sweet, David Gabbard, James Clay Ballinger, and Brittany Long. (Front Row Left to Right) – Hope Holbrook, Allie Johnson, Eric Bullock, and Pamela Miller.

Members of the Varsity Parliamentary Procedure Team that placed 3rd in the state contest. (Back Row Left to Right) – Autumn Kirby, Logan Miller, David Gabbard, Trevor Sweet, and Austin Kirby. (Front Row Left to Right) – Hope Holbrook, Allie Johnson, Caleb Ballinger, Pamela Miller, and James Clay Ballinger

Members of the Varsity Parliamentary Procedure Team that placed 3rd in the state contest. (Back Row Left to Right) – Autumn Kirby, Logan Miller, David Gabbard, Trevor Sweet, and Austin Kirby. (Front Row Left to Right) – Hope Holbrook, Allie Johnson, Caleb Ballinger, Pamela Miller, and James Clay Ballinger

 

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