Piedmont FFA closes 2018-19 school year with goodbye banquet

As the 2018-19 school year is coming to an end, Piedmont Academy held a banquet for all FFA members including the officers who will be graduating/steeping down. Pictured left to right: Advisor, Cameron Vaughn; Chaplin, Caden Clark; Vice President, Clayton Carter; President, Lawton Harris; Sentinel, Beau Bradley; Treasurer, Rylee Owens; Reporter, Hailey Hooper and Secretary, Gracie Hunt. 

COVINGTON— On April 28, the Piedmont Academy FFA Chapter had its annual chapter FFA Banquet.

At the banquet, many members were recognized for achievements that they had reached through the past year.

Some students were recognized for specific competitions that they competed in during the year, like Lawton Harris, who was recognized for competing at the National FFA Convention in the Dairy Handling Activity.

Students were also recognized for their different "degrees."

Each degree requires more dedication from the FFA members. The first degree is the Discovery FFA Degree. This degree was given to all of our middle school FFA members that were enrolled in the class and had an SAE project.

The next degree a high school student can receive is the Greenhand Degree. Our Star Greenhand, was Brock Greenwood. He showed a lot of dedication through his different competitions and activities throughout the year.

The next degree is the Chapter Degree. Beau Bradley won the Star Chapter degree. Beau has been an active member for four years and he has a good SAE project to go along with being the FFA Chapter Sentinel.

The last degree is the State Degree. The Star State Degree was Caden Clark. His dedication to the program, his SAE as well as his love for competition, helped him achieve this award.

Piedmont also had six FFA officers retire from their positions.

These six officers were Lawton Harris, Clayton Carter, Hailey Hooper, Gracie Hunt, Rylee Owens and Caden Clark. Harris served as the President this past year, Carter as the Vice President. Hooper as the Reporter, Hunt as the Secretary, Owens as the Treasurer and Clark as the Chaplain.

Their service and dedication to the Piedmont FFA will be truly missed. 

Piedmont Academy looks forward to next year's FFA season and the accolades that are sure to come with it.

Covington native and proud Valdosta State alumna, Hunter has previously worked with The Covington News and Valdosta Daily Times. She started working for Rockdale/Newton Citizen in June 2018.

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