Local FFA Members Attend State Goodwill Tour

March 12, 2012
Corey Merriman, DeKalb County FFA Reporter
FFA Students
FFA Students with State Representative Terri Lynn Weaver
FFA Students with State Representative Mark Pody

Members of the DeKalb County High School Future Farmers of America recently attended the Tennessee State FFA Goodwill Tour in Murfreesboro at MTSU. During the evening, FFA members from around Middle Tennessee gathered together to eat and meet with the state officers of FFA. After eating the meal that was prepared, the attendees traveled to the new education building on campus to participate in a program prepared by the Tennessee State FFA Officer team. During the program, each of the state officers told a story and described how each of their stories inspired them. The main theme in all of the presentations was "I Believe". They then asked FFA members to also say what they believed in. Everyone had a great time, and it was well pleased to be able to attend.

Meanwhile, seventeen DeKalb County FFA members traveled to the State Capitol in Nashville to attend the recent Flowers on the Hill. We were able to meet state representatives and congressmen to thank them for their support of Career and Technical programs as well as the FFA. While there we were able to spend time with our representatives Mark Pody and Terri Lynn Weaver. Rep. Weaver led a tour of the House Chamber floor where we were walked through the legislative process. We were also able to meet and speak with former House engrossing clerk Larry Cole. Rep. Pody took the time to speak with us concerning his first piece of legislation that would create an official Tennessee Day of Prayer. This bill was passed unanimously in both the House and the Senate and will become law after the Governor signs it. This day was filled with exciting new experiences, people, and we all look forward to participating in this event next year. Thank you to all of our Senators and Representatives for their continued support of Career and Technical Education

Top Photo: Row 1: Alyssa Fee, West TN Vice President; Peyton Graham, State President; Olivia Fernandez, State Treasurer; Haley Cobb, Middle TN Vice President; Courtney Walker, East TN Vice President; Elissa McLearran, State Secretary; Emily Keaton, State Reporter; Gina Locke, State Sentinel. Row 2: Sarah Jones, Amy Hastings, Connor Giddens, Jeremie Ferdelman, Adam Cubbins, Andrew Lawrence, Dylan Reagan, Brent Vickers. Row 3: Vickey Vickers, Macie Bouldin, Nic Linder, Laura Martin, Justin Bass, Nick Underhill, Chris Powell. Row 4: Joe Vickers, Crystal Vickers, Alex Keith, Corey Merriman, Kaitlynn Jones, Cody Griffith, Shara Adcock, Brandon Barnes, Brady Foster. Row 5: Justin Coats, Casey France, Ashley Taylor, Haley Parchman

Middle Photo :L to R: Rep. Terri Lynn Weaver, Brady Foster, Adam Cubbins, Blake Reffue, Caleb McBride, Luke Griffin, Mason Merriman, Cody Griffith, Alex Keith, Crystal Vickers, Brent Vickers, Matt Elliott, Haley Parchman, Corey Merriman, Sarah Jones, Amy Hastings, Ashley Taylor

Bottom Photo: L to R: Row 1: Corey Merriman, Sarah Jones, Amy Hastings, Ashley Taylor, Mason Merriman, Adam Cubbins, Haley Parchman, Brent Vickers, Crystal Vickers, Alex Keith. Row 2: Cody Griffith, Chris Powell, Brady Foster, Blake Reffue, Luke Griffin, Rep. Mark Pody, Matt Elliott, Caleb McBride

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