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School Board recognizes FFA overachievers

The Lake County School Board recently recognized 46 FFA students from agricultural programs at one middle school and five high schools, who placed in the top three at the state level, received a FFA degree or received awards at the national level.

“Career and Technical Education student organizations are an important part of the curriculum for both middle and high school students,” said Dr. Maggie Teachout, Director of the Career-Technical, Adult & Community Education Department.

CLERMONT MIDDLE

·         Ashley Olson — 1st in state for Citrus Evaluation; 3rd in state for Opening CeremonyBob Carlisle, Program Specialist with the CTE Department presents a certificate to South Lake High’s Conor Flynn.

·         Chris Brown — 1st in state for Citrus Evaluation; 2nd in state for Soil Evaluation

·         Drew Mendoza — 1st in state for Citrus Evaluation; 2nd in state for Soil Evaluation

·         Dustin Heisey — 1st in state for Citrus Evaluation

·         Catherine Yaun — 3rd in state for Opening Ceremony

·         Kelsie Walters — 3rd in state for Opening Ceremony

·         Kyle Garner — 3rd in state for Opening Ceremony; 2nd in state for Horticulture Demonstration-Marketing; 2nd in state for Soil Evaluation

·         Kylie Shannon — 3rd in state for Opening Ceremony

·         Maegan Garner — 3rd in state for Opening Ceremony; 2nd in state for Horticulture Demonstration-Marketing

·         Marissa Fontes — 3rd in state for Opening Ceremony

·         Alex Carlisle — 2nd in state for Soil Evaluation

EAST RIDGE HIGH

·         Betsey Sharpless — 1st in state for Citrus; State FFA Degree; 2nd in state for Veterinary Assisting

·         Kayla Duckworth — 1st in state for Citrus; State FFA Degree; 2nd in state for Veterinary Assisting

·         Luke Caudill — 1st in state for Citrus

·         Savannah Olson — 1st in state for Citrus; State FFA Degree; 2nd in state (5th highest individual) for Veterinary Assisting

·         Nicole Shutts — State FFA Degree

·         Briana Stone —   2nd in state (4th highest individual) for Veterinary Assisting

 
LEESBURG HIGH

·         Amy Odom — 2nd in state (3rd highest individual) for Meats EvaluationAustin Trinder from South Lake High receives a handshake from School Board Member Tod Howard.

·         Jared Myer — 2nd in state for Meats Evaluation

·         Jeremy Odom — 2nd in state for Meats Evaluation

·         Kyle Funke — 2nd in state for Meats Evaluation

·         Nathan Odom — State FFA Degree

MOUNT DORA HIGH

·         Amanda Bellamy — American FFA Degree; 6th in nation for Horse Evaluation; State FFA Degree

·         Kayla Mercer — 6th in nation for Horse Evaluation

·         Tori McMullen — 6th in nation for Horse Evaluation

·         Faye Flynn — 6th in nation for Horse Evaluation

·         Conor Flynn — 6th in nation for Horse Evaluation

SOUTH LAKE HIGH

·         Austin Trinder — American FFA Degree

·         Clayton Willis — 1st in state for Food Science; State FFA Degree

·         Kansas Henderson — 1st in state for Food Science; State FFA Degree

·         Kyler Watts — 1st in state for Food Science; State FFA Degree

·         Morgan Purvis — 1st in state for Food Science; 2nd in state for Horse Evaluation

·         Codi Shifflett — 2nd in state for Horse Evaluation

·         Mikayla Brown — 2nd in state for Horse Evaluation

·         Samantha Davis — 2nd in state for Horse Evaluation; State FFA Degree

·         Aubry Sole — State FFA Degree

·         Julie Raney — State FFA Degree

·         Kyla Luna — State FFA Degree

·         Shelby Galladay — State FFA DegreeAlecia Sabourin from Umatilla High is congratulated by Superintendent of Schools Dr. Susan Moxley.

UMATILLA HIGH

·         Alecia Sabourin — 1st in state for Floriculture

·         Katie Kicklighter — 1st in state for Floriculture

·         Matthew Todd — 1st in state for Floriculture

·         Taylor Gordon — 1st in state for Floriculture

·         Amber Tsirnikas — State FFA Degree

·         Dalton Parks — State FFA Degree

·         Shannon Lewis — State FFA Degree

The State FFA Degree is given to the top members of a State FFA Association. To receive a State FFA Degree, members must meet many requirements, including they must have earned and productively invested at least $1,000, or have worked at least 300 hours in a Supervised Agricultural Experience outside of scheduled class time and have completed at least 25 hours of community service.

The American FFA Degree is awarded to FFA members who have demonstrated the highest level of commitment to FFA, made significant accomplishments in their Supervised Agricultural Experiences and show exceptional leadership skills. Less than half of one percent of all FFA members nationwide earn this award, making it one of FFA’s highest honors.