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Agronomy team wins National Title

PHOTO PROVIDED Members of the national title-winning agronomy team are pictured above with their ribbons.

LOGANTON –Sugar Valley Rural Charter School has always taken pride in the school’s Future Farmers of America (FFA) Chapter.

And this year it is even prouder as the Agronomy team took first place on the national level, competing virtually.

Agronomy is the science of soil management and crop production. Together, the team of four students taught by Chuck Bechdel, evaluated an agronomic scenario and developed a crop management plan that includes crop selection, production, problem-solving and marketing.

SVRCS students Cheynne Holdren, Taylor Geisewite, Lillian Conoway and McKenna Fox were able to successfully demonstrate an understanding of suitable agriculture and environmental economy while learning how the fields come together to successfully produce healthy crops.

Three of these competitors are seniors and have spent years preparing for their national first place win!

The organization held a virtual nationwide Creed Competition through Zoom that was hosted by Tarleton State University in Texas.

The FFA Creed outlines the organization’s values and beliefs regarding the industry of agriculture, FFA membership and citizenship and patriotism.

Students in the Creed Speaking competition demonstrate communication in a powerful, organized and professional manner, while building self-confidence.

SVRCS freshman, Kelsey Bailey, embraced this competition by placing in the top 12 of 109 participants in the first round of the Jr. Creed Speaking. Kelsey went on to compete in the final round the following week.

Although she didn’t place in the recognized top three, SVRCS couldn’t be prouder of her accomplishments and looks forward to Kelsey’s future competitions.

SVRCS FFA Chapter is a huge part of the rural school. The program continues to thrive with the school’s amazing FFA members and advisors leading the way.

FFA builds such a strong foundation that both current and alumni members have been inspired by the agriculture knowledge they obtain and use along their chosen career paths.

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