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ATEC students attend FFA legislators appreciation day

Posted: March 6, 2017 4:37 p.m.
Updated: March 7, 2017 1:00 a.m.
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ATEC FFA students celebrated Legislators Appreciation Day with local legislators. Shown are (front row) FFA advisor Katie Gilson, Maranda DeLong, Madisyn Boggan, Anna Freeman, Jacob Stockman, Jordon Atkinson, Rep. Laurie Funderburk, Carson Price, and Breanna Ross. (Back row) Megan Santoro, Julia Catoe, Blake Crane, Johnathan Marthers, and James Harper.

Applied Technology Education Campus (ATEC) agriculture students attended the annual FFA State Legislators Appreciation Day in Columbia Feb. 22 as part of National FFA Week which is celebrated the week of George Washington’s birthday.

The students, accompanied by ATEC agriculture instructor and FFA advisor Katie Gilson, began the day by visiting with Sen. Vincent Sheheen and Rep. Laurie Slade Funderburk and were introduced to members of the House and Senate.

Following the visits, the students join other FFA members and advisors from throughout South Carolina on the north steps of the State House for a special recognition ceremony conducted by state FFA officers.

Molly Spearman, state superintendent of education, applauded the FFA organization for its hard work and concern for the welfare of the community. 

“I am confident in our future because I know South Carolina is producing exceptional young people who will be able to successfully lead our state in the future,” Spearman said.

State Commissioner of Agriculture Hugh Weathers presented the Governor’s National FFA Week proclamation to the FFA officers on behalf of Gov. Henry McMaster.

Sen. Daniel Verdin of Laurens, chairman of the senate Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee, and Rep. David Hiott of Pickens County, chairman of the house Agriculture, Natural Resources & Environmental Affairs Committee, gave remarks and presented a Resolution of Recognition and Commendation to FFA officers on behalf of the General Assembly.

FFA officers presented honorary State FFA degrees to Ron Ronveri, state director of Career and Technology Education for the Department of Education, and Sen. Thomas McElveen III, of Sumter. The degree recognizes individuals who have rendered outstanding service to agricultural education and FFA.

Sen. Greg Hembree was presented an honorary American FFA degree on behalf of the national FFA. This prestigious award is reserved for individuals who have gone beyond the call of duty to promote and support the mission of the FFA at the local, state and national levels. It is considered to be among the top agricultural awards in America.

 

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