Rector FFA Attends State Convention

Thursday, June 20, 2013
RHS FFA members who attended the 2013 Arkansas State Convention at Hot Springs were, from left: Daniel White, Matthew Blount, RaChelle Classen, Sam Westbrook, Tyler Watson, Jordan Crane, Amy Dawson, Kaylee Hartsfield, Bailey Haney, Hadleigh Watson and Vanessa Jones.

Rector was represented well at the 2013 Arkansas FFA State Convention held June 5 through June at Camp Couchdale in Hot Springs. RHS students Hadleigh Watson, Matthew Blount, Daniel White, Tyler Watson, Rylan Classen, Login Mooneyhan, RaChelle Classen, Sam Westbrook, Jordan Crane, Kaylee Hartsfield, Bailey Haney and Vanessa Jones attended along with advisor Amy Dawson.

The event allowed the students to meet with other FFA members across the state, as well as take part in leadership activities, learn more about career opportunities and, of course, have fun at the scenic Camp Counchdale.

Several RHS FFA members were part of the awards presentation and festivities. State FFA Degrees, the top honor at the state level, were presented to Blount, Rylan Classen, Tyler Watson, White and Mooneyhan for their outstanding work in Future Farmers of America.

Hadleigh Watson represented Rector as one of only nine candidates on the State Officer Nominating Committee.

"This group of students is just amazing," Dawson said of the RHS program. "I'm proud of our five seniors who received their State FFA Degrees. They've worked very hard for years and absolutely deserve that. Hadleigh Watson has worked extremely hard all year and I'm proud to see her receive recognition for that."

Dawson said the convention was a good opportunity to celebrate the efforts of the senior members of the RHS chapter, while also allowing the younger attendees to see the scale of opportunities through agriculture.

"I think it was beneficial for the younger students who went because it gives them a better idea of the type of careers out there and how agriculture is a part of so many different things. The older students have been there before and they have a pretty good grasp of the possibilities and can make plans based on that. Hopefully, this will help the younger students do the same thing down the road."

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