Sumrall students excel in FFA contests


Sumrall FFA members excelled at the recent Mississippi FFA State Convention, National Beta Convention and the Mississippi Horse Evaluation Contest.

• The Ag Sales team of Chloee Mann, Keeli Douglas, Alexis Boudin and Kaylee Fortenberry placed third in the state.
The career development event helps students develop verbal, written and interactive communication skills in building rapport with customers to identify the customers wants and needs for a particular product.

• The Veterinary Science team of Courtney Brumfield, Adrienne Williamson, Rebecca Cardenas and Jaelyn Jefcoat won the state championship and will represent the state at the national contest in October. The career development event helps students develop technical knowledge and demonstrate practical skills in the field of veterinary science.

• Sarah Hinchey became the state champion in Prepared Public Speaking and will represent Mississippi at the National Leadership Development event in October at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis. Her speech informs the public of how they can be a "Locavore," which is the term for people who only like to use locally-grown products in their diets, such as locally-grown fruits, vegetables, meats that can be found at farmers markets and seafood markets.

• Leann Vega won second place in the Leadership Development event in FFA Creed Speaking and Paige Stuart won the state title in Junior FFA Creed Speaking. The Creed was written by E.M. Tiffany and adopted by the National FFA Convention in 1930 and the words are still relevant to those in agriculture and the FFA today.

• Sumrall FFA member Karli Stringer will represent the state as a National FFA officer candidate at the National Convention in 2018. Stringer is a former Mississippi state officer and she is enrolled at MSU. “This is a great honor and opportunity for her and she is working hard to prepare for the role, if selected,” said James Roberts, FFA sponsor. 

• Only six FFA members will be chosen nationally. 

• FFA member Erin Clement placed ninth at the National Beta Convention in Savannah, Ga,, as a National Finalist in Agriculture Division 1. Clement used her knowledge gained from her agriculture education classes in this comprehensive examination.

• The Horse Evaluation team of Kaleigh Polk, Carley Farmer, Summer Smith and Alexis Pittman placed second at the Mississippi Horse 4H and FFA contest. The students evaluated four classes of halter horses and four classes of riding events along with presenting oral reasons for their placing of the animals in two of the classes.

• Grace Hutson was named Mississippi Southern District State Star in Agriculture Placement for her supervised agriculture experience in landscape management.

• Hutson, Hannah Hutson, Jon Benet Kepper, Jonathan Windham and Samuel Williamson received the Mississippi FFA State Degree, which is the highest degree an FFA member can receive from their state association. The degree is a culmination of their years of study and work in their agriculture and FFA program.