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.

Teenage students pose in front of a block wall. Students from the Holston FFA Chapter wait for the first session of the 88th Annual FFA Convention to begin.

The Holston FFA(Future Farmers of America) Chapter took 26 members to the 88th Annual State FFA Convention at Virginia Tech on June 23-26th. While there the chapter had many successes and was recognized many times on the stage. Included in their accomplishments was being recognized at the winning team for the State Senior Soils contest, team members included C. Widener, J. Odum, J. Haga, and J. Rouse with C. Widener being the 2nd high Individual in the contest. The team was also recognized as the high junior team with K. Odum, M. Trent, M. Keith and K. Trivett as team members and K. Odum being the high individual in the contest. Also, the chapter was recognized for their Public Relations- Gold Chapter and with a Superior National Chapter Award. The chapter also received a Gold Rating and was recognized as being a Star Chapter in the Appalachian Area in Chapter Development, Student Development, and Community Development. With these honors the Chapter was named the Star Chapter for the Appalachian Area. While at convention there were 7 competing teams and individuals. The Marketing Plan Team, comprised of M. Smith, S. Thomas and J. Taylor placed 2nd with their plan of Stalk Me, involving a business plan for collecting and selling tobacco stalks. The Floriculture team placed 3rd overall and team members consisted of C. Hamm, Z. Brabson, M. Keith, and J. Odum. The agriscience teams saw great success with two projects winning a gold rating and moving onto the National Contest in Louisville, KY in October. Those individuals included M. Bise with her project “Bean there, Grown that” and J. Taylor with his project of “Got Worms Too”. On Wednesday night the STARS over Virginia had several Holston students parading across stage. J. Haga was recognized as the Proficiency winner in Ag Sales, C. Widener was recognized as the proficiency winner in Diversified Horticulture and J. Taylor was recognized at the proficiency winner in Agriscience - Animal Systems. J. Taylor was also recognized as the Appalachian Area Star in Agriscience in the state of Virginia. In the state degree ceremony there were ten members recognized for receiving their degree. Those members include C. Widener, J. Odum, J. Haga, J. Rouse, J. Taylor, D. Keith, I. Olinger, J. Gobble, B. Blevins, and M. Smith. During the last session M. Smith was announced as the Virginia State FFA Vice President after 3 long days of interviews and workshops. Congratulations to all the members of the Holston FFA Chapter for their accomplishments and their advisors Lawrence Cox and Sarah Scyphers for their work with the students.

Female student stands for a picture. High Point Elementary Student Addyson W. is a 100 Math Objective Student.

Students at High Point Elementary School worked hard all year to become Math Commanders. More than 120 students in grades three through five mastered at least 100 Accelerated Math objectives throughout the school year. Many students, including Addyson W., pushed themselves to master 200 objectives! All of the High Point Math Commanders were recognized at the end-of-year awards ceremony and received a trophy, certificate, and this awesome t-shirt that was created to match the school-wide Book Dynasty theme. One of the fifth-grade core classes had 100% of its students to reach Math Commander status by mastering at least 100 objectives! This class has challenged all of the third, fourth, and fifth grade classes next year to rise to the challenge of 100% mastering 100 objectives! At High Point Elementary, math makes us happy, happy, happy. Our school is full of Math Commanders, Jack!

Young students sit at a table writing. High Point Elementary School Kindergarten Students Communicate With Japense Pen Pals.

High Point Elementary Kindergarten students have learned some new names. Mifuu, Rin, Manami, Shingo, Kazuma; These are not typical names heard in Washington County, Virginia. Yet, they are familiar names in Mrs. Caudill’s kindergarten class at High Point Elementary School. These are the first names of some of the Japanese pen pals of Mrs. Caudill’s students. The pen pals are 4th graders at Okinawa Amicus International School in Okinawa, Japan. Their English teacher, Amanda Green Arrington, is a former High Point/Wallace/John Battle student. She now teaches in Japan where she lives with her husband, who is on a five-year deployment with the U.S. Air Force. Mrs. Caudill’s students are learning about Japan, its culture, climate, and history, along with writing and communication skills. They have experienced several Japanese activities, including folding origami animals, and eating with chopsticks. They each received a letter and a photo from their new Japanese friends. They will be sending letters back to their pen pals, along with some American items, including forks, and their favorite candy, Nerds. They are also planning to send a stuffed squirrel as a class mascot, because there are no squirrels on Okinawa. It has really been a fun and educational experience for the students. “We got to fold paper - it‘s called Origami,” said Alia. Makinzy commented, “Eating with chop sticks was fun,” and Delissa added, “We are going to send them forks because they don’t eat with forks like us.” All of the children can now find Japan on the globe, and know a little about what it is like to be an elementary student there. Mrs. Caudill hopes her students will stay in communication with their new friends for years to come.

Woman sits in a room decorated with art. High Point Elementary School Principal Meets President Obama.

High Point Elementary Principal, Sherry King, traveled to Washington, D.C. on May 1st for the honored privilege of meeting President Barack Obama. Mrs. King reflected that meeting the President was undoubtedly one of the most momentous life experiences for her both personally and professionally. “Although I have visited Washington D.C. on numerous occasions, enjoying all the history it has to offer, never did I imagine that I was destined to meet the President of the United States. While it was certainly wonderful to experience the grandeur of the White House with its historic and magnificent features, the real thrill and true honor was standing face to face with America’s leader, representing our nation’s elementary principals.” While at the White House, Mrs. King was also part of a celebration honoring top teachers from around the nation. During the ceremony, held in the East Room, the President said, “It's a teacher’s job to erase the negative messages and fill those boards with caring words and inspire confidence and strengthen values. Some of today's students may not even know what a chalkboard is anymore, but they do know what a teacher gives them stays with them for a lifetime because teachers matter.”

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