Thirteen students and FFA Members from Islands High School attended the 94th Georgia FFA State Convention held in Macon, Ga. from April 27-30, 2022. Over 6,000 members and guests were in attendance.
On Wednesday, April 27, eight students and two advisors completed a community service project at Middle Georgia State University. Students were able to put to use the horticultural skills they learned in their agriculture classes to help beautify the campus. Senior Gracelyn Fernandez also competed in the state semi-finals round of the Prepared Public Speaking competition with her speech on the future of farming in the United States. She placed top 12 in the state.
Thursday, April 28, 10 students toured Southern Belle Farms in McDonough, Ga. to learn about growing peaches and apiculture (beekeeping). All students then attended a college and career fair to learn about these opportunities within agriculture in the state of Georgia. Students were able to meet with and discuss Islands FFA and agriculture programs with National FFA Vice President, Erik Robinson. Senior Kai Maria, as well as Juniors Alex King-Castro and Amelia Mauldin, were awarded their state degrees. This is the highest honor awarded to an FFA member at the state level.
Friday and Saturday, April 29 and 30, were days full of awards. Senior Peyton Coursey placed first in the state for her Agricultural Education Proficiency for her work at Faith Equestrian, Oatland Island, and Davis Produce. She will be competing at the national level in Indianapolis in October. Junior Alex King-Castro placed second in the state for his Service Learning Proficiency for his work with Renegade Paws Rescue.
The 2022 Veterinary Science team was recognized on stage for their third-place state finish. Team members included - juniors Abby Van Brimmer, Alex King-Castro and Katiana Boland as well as freshman Teylor Tomlin. Junior Abby Van Brimmer was also recognized for having the third-highest individual score in the state competition.
Sophomore Chris Lopez presented his Agriscience Fair Research project on how human’s perception of small animal emotions affects animal training and wellbeing. He placed fourth in the state. Junior Amelia Mauldin walked the stage to accept the chapter’s Gold National Chapter recognition. Only 38 FFA chapters in the state were awarded this highest honor.
Members Omaree Varner, Emma Keeton, Kai Maria, Willow Raub and Gracelyn Fernandez served as delegates of Islands FFA for the duration of the convention and were able to vote for the upcoming Georgia FFA State Officer Team.
The mission of FFA to promote premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. Islands FFA Advisors are Elizabeth Miegel, James Oliver and Cheyenne Shearer.