A girl holds a photo standing in a library. Hannah D. holds her picture that won her an Award of Merit.

Patrick Henry High School freshman, Hannah D., was recently featured in the Washington County News for the award she received in the amateur division of the photography competition at the Virginia Highlands Festival in Abingdon this year. Since the age limit for the youth contest is thirteen, Hannah had to compete against mostly adults. Not only did Hannah receive an Award of Merit but also tied for the People’s Choice Award. Her photographs were displayed at the William King Arts Center during the festival, but are now on sale at the Arts Depot in Abingdon and the Fiddlehead Junction in Glade Spring. Congratulations Hannah!!

Five students sit or stand in front of several poster projects. Five sixth grade students earned varsity letters in reading during 2013-2014.

Glade Spring Middle School offers a special program to encourage reading called the Varsity Letter in Reading. During the year, students read ten books and complete a project based on each book read. Students in sixth, seventh, and eighth grades can participate and can possibly earn three framed letters: G, S, and M. Typically, students earn one letter each year at GSMS. During the last school year, there was an exception. Catherine G., a sixth grade student in Mrs. Lassie Eide’s Language Arts class, earned not one but two letters! She completed a project for each of twenty books that she read during the school year including performing 2 class talks, and creating numerous posters and displays about the books she read. She basically did two years work in one.This is quite an accomplishment and Glade Spring Middle School is very proud of Catherine. Other sixth grade students earning a varsity letter for completing ten projects are: Maggie B., Brad W., Anna H., and Sandy W. Each of them earned a "G" for completing 10 book projects, conducting class presentations, and creating displays and posters. GSMS is very proud of these students!

Young ladies stand with their backs to the camera with matching jackets. John Battle Vet Science Team show off their jackets at state competition.

The John Battle Vet Science team, comprising of Ashley S., McKenzie S., Kelsey S., Makayla C., competed against 21 other teams at the 88th Annual State FFA(Future Farmers of America) Convention. These four girls had to be able to pass a 50 question test answering general questions about proper veterinary procedures, giving prescriptions, dosing animals, breed characteristics and reproduction. The ladies then had to identify 50 different types of veterinary equipment, breeds of all different types of animals, and parasites. After the identification, the team was given 20 math problems they had to answer. These math problems were specific to the veterinary career, giving specific dosages and conversions.

The team worked hard to participate in the State Competition and placed 7th in the state! This was their first year competing at a state level. Congratulations to the John Battle Team on their accomplishments.

Ten young people wearing FFA jackets stand outside in front of tree background. Members of Abingdon FFA brought home numerous award from the State Convention.

Thirteen members of the Abingdon FFA(Future Farmers of America) chapter attended the 88th Annual Virginia FFA State Convention on June 23-26. The Abingdon FFA chapter received Gold Rating for Superior Chapter, Bronze Rating for Public Relations, and the National Superior Chapter Award. The Environmental and Natural Resources team placed eighth overall. In this contest students take a written exam, perform water testing, wildlife identification, soil analysis, and a written news release. The team members included Andy W., Laban F., Connor H., and Chandler R. The Farm Business Management Career Development Event consists of a written exam and problems that focus on planning a budget, calculating interest rates, taxes and other farm management skills. The team placed fourth overall with team members Tyler B., Emily D., Lexy H., and Emily W. The Hippology Career Development Event requires students to identify breeds of horses, identify tack and equipment, judge classes of horses, take a written exam, and solve a team problem. Abingdon’s team placed sixth overall and team members were Audrey M., Meagan G., Emma W., and Courtney T. The Nursery/ Landscape team placed fourth overall which included team members Laban F., Andy W., Michaela L., and Chandler R. The Nursery/Landscape team had to take a written exam, identify nursery plants and tools, and complete a landscape estimating practicum. Five members received their State FFA Degrees, and those members included Mark K., Michaela L., Matthew T., Neal T., and Andy W. The Appalachian Area Star in Agricultural Placement was awarded to Michaela L. who was recognized on stage for her achievements with her Supervised Agricultural Experience projects and her involvement in FFA. Michaela L. also won a State Proficiency Award in the category of Specialty Crop Production that focused on her Supervised Agricultural Experience project of raising burley tobacco. Congratulations to all of the members who participated and to their advisors Mindy McCroskey and Phillip McCroskey.

Students stand in front of a yellow table holding a large wooden gavel. Smith, third from right, poses with the 2014-2015 FFA State Officer Team after being elected into office.

During the 88th Annual State FFA(Future Farmers of America) Convention of Virginia a local graduate from Holston High School was named the State FFA Vice President. Morgan Smith, son of Tim and Pam Smith of Abingdon, spent three days of interviews, workshops, and networking activities during the week at Virginia Tech to be chosen and slated in the Vice President position. Smith was one of 19 applicants and potential officer candidates, from across the state of Virginia, interviewing to represent FFA Members from Virginia on the state officer team of seven individuals. During the final session the officer team was announced and Morgan was slated at the State Vice President. Smith has been a member of the Holston FFA Chapter since his freshman year at Holston and was one of the founding members at Damascus Middle School of the Junior FFA his 8th grade year. While at Holston he has served as the Junior Treasurer, Chapter President, Junior/Middle School Advisor and Appalachian Area President. He has also been on the Marketing Plan team, Parliamentary Procedure team, Livestock Evaluation team and Agriscience Fair Project team. Also, while a student at Holston, Morgan’s Supervised Agriculture Experience (SAE) involved educating young people about agriculture, promoting the industry and advocating for agriculture across the county and commonwealth. He was actively involved in the middle school Jr. FFA Program, the Food for America program, and the PALS (Partners for Active Learning) program with Rhea Valley. Morgan is very excited about his year of service for the Virginia FFA Association and is proud to represent the Holston FFA Chapter and Washington County as he travels across the state, nationally and internationally. Morgan’s travels can be followed on vaffa.org through his blog on the state officer page.

FFA is a national youth organization of 557,318 student members preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture with 7,498 local chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The Virginia FFA Association has over 10,000 members in 168 chapters. FFA strives 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. Visit www.ffa.org for more information.

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