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FFA members attend annual national convention
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Members of the South Effingham and Effingham County FFA chapters Taylor Johnson, Morgan Rushing and Annah Shearouse posed with a replica of California Chrome. - photo by Photo provided

Students from Effingham County and South Effingham FFA chapters attended the National FFA Convention in Louisville, Ky., Oct. 28-Nov. 1.

FFA members Annah Shearouse, Taylor Johnson and Morgan Rushing along with FFA advisor Meredith Arrington were in attendance for all the convention highlights. They attended sessions, were inspired by motivational speakers, learned about all the opportunities that agriculture has to offer through the college and career show, were awed by the “world’s toughest rodeo,” toured Churchill Downs and the Louisville Slugger plant, and more.

Students were awarded this opportunity by their involvement in their local chapter and the trip was fully sponsored by local business and individuals. The FFA chapters expressed their appreciation to those who made a contribution to fund the trip and made it possible for students to attend. Donors were: bronze-Lamar Allen; silver-D.G. Burns and Sons, state Sen. Jack Hill and Breland Well Drilling; gold-Dr. Tracy Durham, T. Neidlinger Logging and state Rep. Bill Hitchens; platinum-Dasher Insurance Agency, Dr. Kimberly Reddick-Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, The McGraley Group, Webb Farm Service, Edwards Interiors and Blanchard Equipment.

The Georgia FFA Association was recognized as a membership growth state. This marks the 16th consecutive year that the Georgia FFA has increased in FFA membership. Georgia was represented in Louisville by 25 official voting delegates, and more than 1,500 local FFA members, advisors and Alumni from across the state.