Tuesday, June 30, 2020 through Thursday, July 2, 2020, the Kentucky FFA Association hosted its first ever Virtual State Convention! This celebrates the 91st year of the annual State FFA Convention that is usually held in Lexington, KY.
This convention not only made history for the nontraditional format but in wonderful achievements by Taylor County FFA members. During the weeks before the event, students practiced, studied, and met virtually to prepare. All contests were held online with hundreds of industry leaders serving as judges from across the state.
OVERALL CHAPTER AWARDS
For the 65th year in a row, the Taylor County FFA has ranked in the top 10% of all KY FFA programs, receiving a GOLD rating.
With this application, chapters are also ranked based on 3 areas: Growing Leaders, Building Communities, and Strengthening Agriculture. Each area is judged based on activities conducted throughout the year in the chapter's Program of Activities. As a result:
- Taylor County was recognized as one of the top programs in the state in the Chapter of Excellence Awards (1 of 13 chapters)!
- Taylor County won 1st place in Growing Leaders - Overall Chapter Award
- Taylor County won 1st place in Strengthening Agriculture- Overall Chapter Award
- Taylor County was 2nd in Building Communities- Overall Chapter Award
Mason Dixon was named the 2020 Star in Agribusiness!!! He was awarded one of the highest awards that a State FFA Association can give. In March he was selected as the Lake Cumberland Regional Star in this area and competed in June among the winners of the 11 other regional winners. He was required to submit a State FFA Degree, a written application, and participate in an interview with leaders of Agriculture Businesses across the state. Mason has created a tractor and equipment repair and restoration business in Knifley, Kentucky. Additionally, he farms with his family and grandfather. Mason's parents are Missy and Steve Dixon of Knifley, Kentucky. Mason is the first STATE STAR for the Taylor County FFA Chapter in our over 75 year program history.
Alaina Brockman was named the Lake Cumberland Region Star in Placement for her work on Brockman Farms and within their beef, poultry, and crop production operations.
STATE FFA OFFICER ELECTION
Each region is allowed to send only two applicants to run for one of twelve State FFA Office positions. Kailey Thompson, a 2019 graduate of TCHS, was selected as one of the Lake Cumberland Region Candidates. Kailey went through a week-long process of applications, interviews, speeches, and general knowledge exams. Kailey was announced as the 2020-2021 Lake Cumberland State Vice-President. Kailey will represent more than 14,500 Kentucky FFA members across the state during the next year. Kailey's parents are Jennifer and Eric Thompson.
Proficiency Awards are based on a student's work and skill development within a defined area of agriculture production, research, or work placement. Taylor County had 6 first place, 4 second place, and 2 third place! The chapter was one of the highest performing programs in this area this year. 12 of the 18 applications that were sent to the state competition placed.
- Ryan Underwood - Beef Entrepreneurship
- Jacob Eads - Turf Grass Management-Placement
- Madison Harmon - Environmental Science - Placement
- Hannah Keith - Diversified Livestock - Placement
- Mason Dixon - Ag Mechanics Repair & Maintenance - Entrepreneurship
- Ryan Feese - Fiber and Oil Crop Production- Entrepreneurship
- Haley Lackey - Horse Production - Entrepreneurship
- Jacob Eads - Forest Management & Products - Placement
- Kailey Thompson- Service Learning - Placement
- Lukas Burress - Dairy Production - Entrepreneurship
- Hannah Keith - Beef Production - Placement
- Adam Jeffries - Ag Sales - Placement
CAREER DEVELOPMENT EVENTS & LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT EVENTS - CONTESTS
1st Place - Agriscience Fair - Social Systems Research - Division 5 - Jaylin Cox
2nd Place - Farm Business Management - Sarah Beard, Madison Harmon, Ryan Underwood, and Adam Jeffries
2nd Place - Ag Marketing Team - Collin White, Sara Perkins, and Caden Cowherd
Ag Sales Team - Sarah Beard, Jaylin Cox, Rachel Cowherd, and Morgan Douglas
The following students competed at the state level in impromptu speaking contests:
Hunter Miller - Extemporaneous Speaking
Ryan Underwood - Beef Impromptu
Hannah Keith - Dairy Impromptu
Jennie Stancill - Nursery and Landscape Impromptu
Jaylin Cox - Floral Impromptu
Mayci Hafely - Horse Impromptu
Alaina Brockman - Poultry Impromptu
Caroline Robertson - Small Animal Impromptu
STATE FFA DEGREES
Taylor County FFA had 13 students qualify and earn their State FFA Degree. This degree is awarded based on work in their Supervised Agriculture Experience Project, their GPA, their community service, and their gained skills and achievement in FFA. This is the highest degree a student can earn in the state association. 2020 members are:
Bobbie Beard, Taylor County
Sarah Beard, Taylor County
Alaina Brockman, Taylor County
Natalie Brockman, Taylor County
Mason Dixon, Taylor County
Mayci Hafley, Taylor County
Madison Harmon, Taylor County
Callie McCubbin, Taylor County
Hunter Miller, Taylor County
Leeann Sprowles, Taylor County
Ryan Underwood, Taylor County
Brandi Warren, Taylor County
This was a hugely successful convention for Taylor County FFA. It was the result of great students, great parents and family supporters, great district support, and a great community. We are so proud of our program and appreciate your support throughout the year. Taylor County FFA advisors are Lindsay Wayne and Ryan Williams.