We’re committed to agriculture for the long-term and can think of no better way to demonstrate this than through the sponsorship of the state degrees~ Ricky West, regional vice president with FCS in east Tennessee.
Gatlinburg, Tennessee (Vocus/PRWEB) April 03, 2011
It’s spring in Tennessee and that means more than 2,000 FFA members recently gathered in Gatlinburg, Tennessee for the youth organization's annual convention. This year’s convention – held March 27 -30 - welcomed members of the FFA from across the Volunteer State who attended a series of business sessions, presented proficiency programs, listened to motivational speakers and joined in traditional FFA fellowship.
In addition, over 500 members were awarded the prestigious FFA State Degree provided to students who demonstrate extra-curricular achievements and success in their experiment programs.
Joining them for the closing program were representatives from Farm Credit Services of Mid-America (FCS), a perennial sponsor of the FFA State Degree program. "It's remarkable to see the level of skill and commitment that these students possess. We’re committed to agriculture for the long-term and can think of no better way to demonstrate this than through the sponsorship of the state degrees," said Ricky West, regional vice president with FCS in east Tennessee.
Another way that Farm Credit is supporting the Tennessee FFA is though a scholarship program, said West. Scholarships are awarded to FFA members based on student activities in their community, school and FFA as well as academic merit and essay. This year, four students received $500 scholarships and were recognized during the convention:
Lindsay Hensley of Putnam County (attending Tennessee Tech University)
Gina Locke of Williamson County (attending UT Martin)
Sarah Locke of Giles County (attending UT Martin)
Sarah Stevens of Tipton County (attending UT Knoxville)