Covington and Munford FFA win multiple titles
The Covington FFA recently had a phenomenal performance at the 2022 State FFA Convention held in the Smoky Mountains in beautiful Gatlinburg.
CHS Senior Mitch Hopkins received the 2022 Tennessee Star Farmer Award, which is the highest honor an individual can earn in the state of Tennessee. Mitch had to complete a rigorous application and interviews in Trenton, Tennessee in January and in Gatlinburg in March. Mitch has an outstanding SAE project in row crop production and will represent the chapter well as he competes on the State Star Tour in July 2022. Mitch earned a prestigious scholarship and other recognition through his hard work and determination.
The chapter was well represented in a plethora of competitions, as they won a state runner-up in the Dairy Foods CDE and regional championships in food science and meat judging. The chapter was also well represented by individuals, as the group won 9 individual state titles, and they are as follows: Mitch Hopkins in Fiber and Oilseed Crop Production, Mike Hopkins in Diversified Crop Production, Carson Ruffin in agricultural services, Leanna Gray in agricultural communications, Madison Rowland in agricultural mechanics, Avery Roach in environmental sciences, Hunter Sartain in agricultural processing, McKenzie Delashmit in tree nurseries and William Martin in fruit production. These nine students will go to the national championships and will be evaluated this summer for “the Final Four” in the country! The chapter was also well represented at the Agriscience Fair. McKenzie Delashmit and Ethan Yarbro were state finalists in the Plant Systems project, while Clay Hartsfield, Mike Hopkins and Mitch Hopkins each finished 3rd in the state with their science fair projects in Electrical and Engineering Systems. In addition, the chapter had two members who received a Tennessee FFA scholarship. Mitch Hopkins received the Ted Turner Scholarship and Mike Hopkins received the West TN FFA Scholarship.
“Congratulations to all FFA members on an amazing convention,” said sponsor Jerry Johnson. “We also want to thank Level 5 Covington High, Covington FFA Alumni, our community, and the Tipton County School Board for continuing to support these students every day.”
On Monday, April 11, the Munford FFA Chapter won the West TN FFA Regional Championship for the eighteenth time. Since its inception in 1950, the West Tennessee FFA Regional Championship has been won by 18 different FFA schools/chapters, but Munford FFA’s eighteen championships are second only to Dyersburg FFA, which has won the championship twenty times. The Munford FFA won the Championship in dominant fashion; winning a championship cup in each of the three divisions of the West TN FFA rewards program.
The West TN FFA rewards program is made up of three divisions; the Leadership Division, the Supervised Agriculture Experience (SAE) Division, and the Teaching Division. The Leadership Division focuses on the leadership development of Chapter members. The SAE division encourages students to develop high-quality SAE programs. And the Education Division focuses on the Chapter’s success in FFA career development and leadership development events that showcase the skills and knowledge taught in the agricultural education curriculum. Being named a champion in all three areas is a testament to the quality of the Ag Ed program at Munford High and signifies that the chapter excels in every area of agricultural education.
At the West TN Awards program banquet, Munford FFA members were recognized for their work this year which has led to the chapter’s overall success. Munford FFA members have been recognized for being the Regional Winner of 16 Competence Awards, Regional Winner of 10 Agriscience Projects and Regional Finalist of 3 Agriscience Projects.
The Munford FFA Chapter was the regional winner in the following CDEs and LDEs:
- Agricultural sales
- Agricultural Marketing Plan
- Parliamentary procedure
- Forum on Agricultural Issues
- Agricultural Communications
The Munford FFA Chapter was the regional finalist in the following CDEs and LDEs:
- Agricultural mechanics
- Meat evaluation
- Improvised talk
The Munford FFA Chapter also ranked among the top six schools in West Tennessee in the following CDEs and LDEs:
- Conduct of Chapter Meetings – 3rd in western TN
- Prepared Public Speaking – 4and in western TN
- Professional Skills – 3rd in western TN
Jada Curlin, senior MHS, was recognized for her year of service as the West Tennessee FFA Regional Sentinel. Jada received the Neisler Agriculture Scholarship in the amount of $500.
Also at the awards banquet, Munford FFA Advisors Kelsey Swirka and Ann Johnson were honored by the Tennessee Association of Agriculture Educators. Swirka received the Teacher Turn the Key award and Johnson received the Teacher Mentor award.
This year, the Munford FFA Chapter was led by a team of 14 member Chapter Officers. The Chapter President is John Dylan Conrad and the Vice Presidents are Jada Curlin, Brooke Joyner and Brooklyn McWilliams. The Chapter Secretaries are Jocelyn Brummet and Peyton Whitehead. Chapter Treasurer is Katie Greuling, Chapter Reporter is Abigail Hamm, Chapter Sentinel is Houston Null, Chapter Historian is Sarah Ault, Chapter Communications Coordinator is Cali Broom, Chapter Recreationist is Bryson Brewer , the Chapter Graduation Coordinator is Jace Nelson and the Chapter PLOW Coordinator is Avery Pike. Chapter advisors are Jeremy Fair, Claire “Missy” Hammond, Ann Johnson, Bill Newsom, and Kelsey Swirka.