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87th National FFA Convention & Expo
October 29 - November 1, 2014
Louisville, Kentucky
Press Release
Georgia FFA Competitor Results 

Ben Parker, Tanner Jones, Liston Mehserle, and William Schofill of Perry were named national winners in the Nursery/Landscape CDE. Perry bested 38 teams in the national event. All members of the team earned Gold individual rankings. Ben Parker was the High Scoring Individual,Tanner Jones placed 2nd, Liston Mehsertle ranked 5th, and William Schofill was 8th. Their advisor is Dr. Argene Claxton.


Andy Paul, a member of the Oglethorpe County FFA Chapter and student at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, was elected to serve as president of a six member team of national FFA officers for the coming year. Andy will travel more than 100,000 miles this year providing leadership training to agriculture students and advocating for agriculture and agricultural education with leaders in government, business, and education. Andy's advisors are Mr. Rob Jackson and Mr. Travis Sertich.


Joseph "Knapp" Boddiford of the Southeast Bulloch FFA Chapter works on two family-owned row crop farms. He feels fortunate to observe two types of management styles and combine them to create a new personal skill set. While his initial farm duties included trapping feral hog and picking peanuts, Boddiford now participates in custom harvesting and supervised seasonal labor. He looks forward to completing a degree in crop and soil science and continuing his familyís legacy of row crop production. He was named the national proficiency award winner in the area of Diversified Crop Production placement.  Boddiford is supported by parents Joe and Susan Boddiford and FFA advisors Susannah Lanier and Brian Elrick.

Based on her fatherís team roping experience, Camille Schroer of the Lowndes FFA Chapter knew that she wanted horses in her life. She currently works on her familyís 300-acre horse farm where she boards, trains for barrel racing and calf working, and feeds horses, in addition to maintaining pastures. Schroer also cares for 170 cows, which are used mainly for training horses. Her extensive experience with animals makes her eager to obtain a veterinary license so that she can open her own large office and continue training horses. She was named the national proficiency award winner in the area of Equine Science placement.  She is supported by parents Walter Schroer and Carla Taylor and FFA advisors Dr. James Corbett, Quinton Hadsock and Michael L. Barnes.

Christopher Cline Crump of the Banks County FFA Chapter
spent countless hours assisting his grandfather in his shop and eventually developed the same level of work ethic. He secured a job with a landscaping company-developing important skills such as edging, string trimming, pruning and mowing. Crump also got to work outside and gain horticultural experience, helpful for his long-term goal of entering agricultural education. He was named the national proficiency award winner in the area of Landscape Management. Crump is supported by parents Rodney and Gena Crump and FFA advisors Kip
p Jackson and Scott Wheatley.

Sam Herring of the Lowndes FFA Chapter works under his father and uncle on their family flu-cured tobacco production farm. When he started his SAE, he was motivated to learn more about producing and processing tobacco. Herring has since developed a sense of responsibility from his project as well as from doing things such as curing and irrigating the crop. Herring hopes to eventually take over his familyís farm. He was named the national proficiency winner in the area of Specialty Crop Production. He is supported by parents Joey and Lisa Herring and FFA advisors Dr. James Corbett, Quinton Hadsock and Michael L. Barnes.

Cole Jackson Sosebee of the White County FFA Chapter inherited his fatherís love of fishing and decided to turn it into his SAE. With a local bait and tackle operation, he learned every aspect of the trade. He developed the skills to operate a trophy trout fishery, feed and keep healthy fish, maintain trails and waters, and help educate the next generation of anglers. He was named the national proficiency winner in the area of Wildlife Management. Sosebee is supported by parents Terry and Karan Sosebee and FFA advisors Dustin Keener, Amanda Keener and Brad Dalton. 

Agriscience National Winners

Brinson Coggins - Lowndes
Animal Systems Division 2
Jade Wester & Fallon Cawthon - Franklin County Middle
Animal Systems Division 3
Hunter Corbett & Emily Warren - Lowndes 
Environmental Services/Natural Resource Systems Division 4
Kellie Smith & Tyler Ertzberger - Franklin County Middle
Food Products and Processing Systems Division 3
Callie Warren & Chance Hingson - Lowndes
Food Products and Processing Systems Division 4
Auriel Wright - Northeast Bibb
Plant Systems Division 2
Courtney Barber - Ware County
Social Systems Division 1
Chandler Kudyk & Jackson Sumner - Lowdnes County
Social Systems Division 4

Top 10 CDE Finishes
10th  - Agricultural Communications - White County
9th - Agricultural Sales- Franklin County
10th ind. - Addie Thomason
3rd - Creed Speaking - Kylie Bruce, Franklin County
2nd - Floriculture - Perry
6th - Horse Evaluation - White County
9th - Job Interview - Meagan Smith, Colquitt County
2nd - Livestock Evaluation - Sonoraville
High ind. - Lori Edwards
2nd - Marketing Plan - Franklin County
7th - Poultry Evaluation - East Jackson
5th - Environmental/Natural Resources - North Oconee


Ten Georgians were recognized during the convention for their support of agricultural education and the FFA. Mr. Von Peavy (Tifton) was recognized with the National FFA VIP Citation. Mr. Barry Norris (Soperton), Dr. Dean Pringle (Athens), Dr. James Corbett (Valdosta), Dr. Jason Peake (Tifton), Mr. Joe Wright (Talking Rock), Mr. Sidney Bell (Watkinsville) each received the Honorary American FFA Degree.  Also receiving this honor but not pictured are Mrs. Jody Strickland (Perry), Representative Brooks Coleman (Duluth), and Mr. Tom Johnston (Thomaston). 

Georgia had 19 proficiency award finalists!
Click here for a complete list of finalists.

79 American Degree Recipients

Band/Chorus/Talent Participants
Band - Kayla Robinson (Ola) & Aaron Cronon (Cedar Shoals)
Talent - Landon Rowe (Irwin County) & Sara Bentley (Warner Robins)



This year, Georgia FFA was represented on the chapter level by many successful chapters in the Outstanding Middle School and Models of Innovation, as well as twenty-seven 3-Star Chapters.

West Jackson Middle was named one of five finalists for the nation's Outstanding Middle School.

Madison County Middle, Emmanuel County Institute, and Emanuel County Institute were named Models of Innovation finalists.

Our National 3-Star Chapters were Bagley Middle, Berrien County High, Crawford County High, Colquitt County High, East Jackson High, Eighth Street Middle, Emanuel County Institute, Etowah High, Franklin County High, Franklin County Middle, Gladden Middle, Hephzibah High, Madison County High, Madison County Middle, Miller County High, North Habersham Middle, Pelham Middle, Screven County High, Southeast Bulloch, Stockbridge High, Thomson High, Treutlen County High, Troup County High, Wayne County High, West Jackson Middle, and Wilbanks Middle.