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The Laurens FFA is an agriculture organization that helps to teach its members about leadership, community involvement and agriculture

Laurens FFA Officers

9 months ago

By Melanie Birchmore

Laurens FFA Officers

President:  Matthew Brownlee

Vice President: Billy Brewington

Vice President: Shannon Storay

Vice President: Ashley Gaillard 

Secretary: Lilly Pruitt

Treasure: Emylee Jones 

Sentinel: Caleb Penland 


Matthew Brownlee  

President


Favorite thing about FFA:  It's something that makes me happy and I get to meet a lot of great people in the process. FFA has been such a great thing in my life and will help me get into the college I want too.

My goal for FFA: My goal for FFA this year is to expand out more and be more involved. I feel like our chapter can accomplish big things if we were to have more membership and more participation. I also want us to connect more with our community.





Billy Brewington 

Vice President


My favorite thing about FFA is that I get to do new things that I love and love to tell others about.My goal for FFA this year, is to bond with other FFA members and  grow as an officer.  I also would like to do better in Livestock judging and dairy judging.






Shannon Storay 

Vice President                      


I love FFA because it's been an amazing experience,  not only with the animals everyone associates it with,  but the new people and amazing friends that I've met.  FFA has taught me to be myself no matter what and to have a passion for the things I love the most.  It has helped me become who I am and it's also helped me gain skills that I can use in the future with meeting new people or characteristics that could be used in my careers soon. 












Ashley Gaillard 

Vice President 


My favorite thing about FFA is the friendships and experiences that come along with it. FFA has pushed me out of my comfort zone and helped me become the person I am today. I have learned more about animals and have gotten more hands on experience than I could get anywhere else. FFA has been a blessing in my life and has made me a better and stronger person. 






Lilly Pruitt  

Secretary 


FFA has impacted my life in so many ways. To me, FFA is a part of my life and without it I don’t know where I would be. It has given me the chance to become an officer, being elected as the 2017-2018 Laurens FFA Secretary. Everyone in our FFA Chapter encourages me to do my best and are very supportive and encourage my smart decisions. Since joining, I have traveled out of state and met so many people. I have made hundreds of friends, numerous amounts of close relationships, and learned so many new things. The FFA to me represents a change in my life, it represents me working towards goals, and achieving them. It represents all the times I didn’t want to step out of my comfort zone, but did and helped to make a difference. To me, the FFA has been a huge influence in my life.






Emylee Jones 

Treasure


I love FFA because everyone is so friendly. Also, the more you are involved in it, the more you learn about animals. I have grown with so much knowledge. I also have learned more communication skills with people because we meet a lot of people. FFA has helped me grow in knowledge about animals and my community. It has also got me a summer job. I have learned what to do in certain situations that involves animals. 




Caleb Penland 

Sentinel 

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  • Laurens FFA
Laurens FFA Upcoming Events
Dog Wash- Sept. 10
@ Tractor Supply in Laurens from 10-2pm
Horse Judging practice- Sept. 14
During iLunch A
Barn open for PTSA Carnival- Sept. 16
From 10-2 pm
Volunteers needed
FFA Meeting- Sept. 21
During iLunch A
Wildlife Judging Practice- Sept. 21
During iLunch B
Horse Judging Practice- Sept. 23
In Lexington
Tractor Driving CDE- Sept. 28
4pm
FFA Meeting- October 5th
During iLunch A
Car Show/ Fall Festival- October 21
Volunteers and Sponsors are needed
FFA Meeting- October 26th
During iLunch A

Community Service Activities

9 months ago

By Melanie Birchmore

Explore Agriculture Day

FFA Member taught kindergartners about different types of animals and plants at Explore Agriculture Day.  40 FFA members taught about 450 kindergartners about 12 different animals, kindergartners toured the greenhouse and put a plant in a cup to take home, and learned about how to take care of a garden.  They also harvested lettuce to take home with them.

Squealin on the Square

FFA Members worked an agriculture animal area.  The area allowed visitors to pet farms animals and learn more about where there food comes from. 

Reading on the River

FFA members read to children at Reading on the River.  We had animals and related books to attract children to our area.  

Agriculture Education in the Elementary School

FFA Members developed different lessons to present in our local elementary schools related to agriculture.  The lessons were given to children from 4 year old to students in middle school.

Day of Service June 11, 2015

FFA Members worked with Servants with Hearts to pack 15,000 meals for the hunger in our area and Nicaragua.  We worked with members from other chapters to put soybean meal, corn meal, dried vegetables, and rice. 




Fund Raiser

over 2 years ago

By Melanie Birchmore

Greenhouse sales help to fund many of the wonderful activities in which Laurens FFA particpate 

Working with Kraft to help man a family day for their employees will assist in helping pay for a trip to the National FFA Convention in Louisville, Kentucky.

FFA Activities

9 months ago

By Melanie Birchmore

FFA Leadership Camp

FFA Members enjoy the South Carolina Leadership Center for a week of educational and fun activities at the beach.  Members participate in high ropes, low ropes, kayaking, team sports, and other leadership activities.  In this picture an FFA member is starting the high ropes course.

South Carolina State Fair

Every year FFA members visit the South Carolina State fair.  During the visit FFA members compete in Tractor Driving competition, visit and help man displays, and visit animal areas.  Members have an opportunity to interact with members from around the state and learn about agriculture in South Carolina.  Members also have free time to enjoy the rides and food the fair has to offer. 

FFA Legislative Day

FFA Members visit the South Carolina State House to meet with their government officials and participate in the FFA Week ceremony.



South Carolina Miss FFA Pageant

FFA female members have an opportunity to "strut their stuff" at the S.C. Miss FFA Pageant.  This competition includes: an application, interview, and stage presence.  It is a fun time for the girls to dress up and add to their FFA experience

FFA CAMP

Fun and fellowship at the Beach.  FFA Members meet new people and have fun in the sun

Grand Prix

FFA Members compete on the track and putt putt course

Cardboard Project

Team members work together to create a certain object to withstand different obstacles. 

Athletics

Team members compete in volleyball, dodgeball, and kickball.

kayaking

FFA members kayak and canoe on the inter coastal waterway.

Low Ropes

FFA Members learn to work together and enhance their leadership abilities.

Dolphin Cruise

We cruised through the inter coastal waterway and into the ocean.  We did not see any dolphins but we did see plenty of waves.

Swimming to cool off in the summer heat.

Working on our card board project and making it pretty.

Bass Pro Shop

High Ropes

FFA Members test their skills and bravery on the high ropes course.

Paintball

FFA learn to work together and have fun on the paintball course.

Kayaking


At the Flag

We start our day sharing positive thoughts and raising the flag.

Beach Olympics

Our girls and boys won their tug or war and finish first in the total competitions.

Color War


FFA Career Development Events

9 months ago

By Melanie Birchmore

Horse Judging CDE

Horse Judging gives FFA Members an opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge related to evaluating horse qualities, identifying tack and equipment, evaluating and processing a solution to a problem, and verbal expressing why they judged a class in a given manner.

Tractor Driving

The Tractor Driving CDE requires members to navigate a course safely without hitting cones and then back the trailer down an ally way. 

Wildlife

The wildlife competition consist of members identifying different types of wildlife from their pelts, tracks, or mounts; score deer antlers; age deer by their teeth; evaluate habitat; and take a wildlife related test. 

Dairy Judging and Dairy Handling

Dairy Judging consist of FFA Members judging different breeds of dairy cattle.  Along with the judging, members also give oral reasons, take a test, and develop a solution to the team problem they are presented.

Livestock Judging

FFA Members judge beef cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, and give oral reasons explaining their placings.  The participants also have to take a test related to the livestock industry and evaluate genetic information. 

Public Speaking

The Public Speaking CDE is broken up into various sections:  Prepared Public Speaking, Extemporaneous Public Speaking, and  Creed Speaking.  This is an individual event that allows FFA members to demonstrate their speaking ability.

FFA Career Development Information

Click on the picture to the left to open the files to help you learn more about the different Career Development Events