The Nicholas County FFA chapter along with its members has been extremely busy during summer break. We started out the summer with the 88th Kentucky FFA State Convention in Lexington, KY at Rupp Arena. There were around 4,000 members in attendance swarming downtown Lexington. The Nicholas County FFA chapter is happy to have brought home two state winners. Logan Bechanan won first place in the most competitive public speaking contests offered. Logan will advance to the national competition in October during the 90th National FFA Convention in Indianapolis; IN. Logan will be competing in the Prepared Public Speaking Leadership Development Event against other FFA members from all over the United States including students from Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Logan also won the state Kentucky Department of Agriculture Farmers Market Contest. Logan brought home checks for $750.00 for winning and/or placing in his contest areas. We also had 11 members walk across the stage in Rupp Arena to receive the highest degree the Kentucky FFA Association can bestow to its members.
During the week of July 3-7, the Nicholas County FFA Chapter attended the Kentucky FFA Leadership Training Center in Hardinsburg, KY. Dustin Liver was elected to serve in one of six Camp Council positions. Dustin interviewed against 17 other chapter candidates to be elected as one of six officer positions. Dustin served as leader to the FFA members at camp during the week. We also had three of our very own members receive a leadership award while attending camp. This leadership award is only given to the top 10% of camp attendees during each week. During our week of camp there were 300 FFA members from all across the state of Kentucky. Sam Hamilton, Dustin Liver, and Morgan Waymire received the top 10 % leadership award. Those three students worked hard all week to showcase that they had what it took to be a leader in our organization. This award is given by other agriculture educators who teach classes as well as camp staff members.
We rounded out the summer by hosting the first annual Nicholas County FFA Farm to Table Scholarship Dinner. Nicholas County FFA members have been working hard for almost a year planning and putting together the first annual Farm to Table event. Students secured food donations from local farmers and producers to use to create the delicious meal that was served. They also secured several donations from local businesses and individuals that were sold during a silent auction. We had the honor of hosting Congressman Andy Barr at the event to welcome and bring greetings to our community. In addition to Congressman Barr, we had a nearly sold out event with 200 people in attendance. Overall Nicholas County FFA is very happy to announce that we raised nearly $4200.00 to award scholarships to Nicholas County FFA members this school year. We are looking forward to what this school year brings to our FFA chapter.