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SEHS FFA students share positive experiences

POSTED: May 12, 2007 5:03 a.m.
President Les Brinson
My name is Les Brinson and I am the 2006-2007 president for the South Effingham FFA chapter.
I am thankful that I have had FFA as a part of my high school career. Without a doubt it has helped me mature and excel during my short time in high school.
I have enjoyed showing livestock, competing and attending state and national conventions along with other FFA functions.
I am also very thankful for the undying support from our FFA alumni and supporters. Without the help of others our organization would not exist. Our chapter is like a team. It takes every single member of the team to operate properly. I am happy to say that this year we are over 200 members strong. That is the largest number we have had on roster during the 10 year history of our chapter.
Another key part to making our organization what it is, are our advisors. Mr. Mose Mock and Eric Sellers, are the two responsible for making this chapter what it is today. Without the support of them we would not be able to accomplish any of our goals.
The last people I would like to thank are my officers. They are the backbone of this organization. I may be the president but without each of them this program would not be able to function. So to each and every person involved in FFA, thank you for your support and love for our organization because without all of you we wouldn’t be the successful team we are today.  We are happy at South Effingham High School to have great support from our staff and administration; they help the FFA program in every effort.
I am proud to be living in America where we still have freedom of speech and freedom of religion.  In July 2007 I will be entering the Air Force to serve our country and looking forward to this opportunity.
 
Coty Shearouse
My name is Coty Shearouse. I am the 2006-2007 chapter secretary. FFA has been a part of me since my tenth grade year and will continue to be for the rest of my life. FFA is a wonderful program and a great learning experience. It teaches you so many things such as working in the community, leadership skills, shows responsibilities, but most importantly helping others. I encourage everyone to get involved and become a member of the FFA. Throughout my high school career I have accomplished a great deal of awards. I have showed in many livestock shows in the Effingham County fair, the coastal Empire fair and the Perry fair. I have also attended the state convention and will be returning this year to receive my state degree and to present our marketing plan in competition. If it wasn’t for the support of my mom and dad I wouldn’t have been able to accomplish most of this. FFA means so much to me and has helped mold me into the independent and responsible person that I am. Mr. Mose Mock and Mr. Eric Sellers have taught me so much and not only have they supported us but they worked extremely hard to get us where we need to be. Without them our FFA Chapter could not have become what it is today.
 
Austin Long
My name is Austin Long and I am the 2006-2007 treasurer for the South Effingham FFA Chapter. FFA means everything to me and has helped me mature and excel in my high school career. I have enjoyed showing livestock, competing in competitions and attending state convention and FFA functions. FFA is more than just something to do, it’s a lifestyle. I have enjoyed every minute of my time with this FFA chapter and wouldn’t trade it for the world. I would like to thank my parents for all of there support. I would also like to thank Mr. Mock and Mr. Sellers for their devotion to our FFA chapter and I hope that it will continue to grow.
 
Candice Griffin
My name is Candice Griffin. I am the 2006-2007 chapter reporter. I joined FFA in 9th grade and I never thought that I would be an FFA officer. I didn’t really know much about FFA my freshman year. I became more actively involved my sophomore year. It has been a part of my life going on four years and I have two of the best teachers and advisors, Mr. Mock and Mr. Sellers. They both have helped me excel in school and with FFA. I have changed tremendously over the years. I have learned to speak in front of hundreds of people and I have learned how to show livestock. Even how to “break a cow” for the Bethesda Boys Home. This organization is the best and I have made some good friends through it all. FFA is one of the greatest experiences that you will miss out on if you do not join. I suggest that every individual join because there is so much to do and for any age group.

Anna Wendelken
FFA to me is an organization that allows students as well as adults to better our community through volunteering and community service. FFA is a growing organization and opportunity for FFA members to interact with new people and build leadership skills. All four years of my high school career at SEHS, I have been active in showing livestock in the Effingham, Savannah and Perry Fairs. I was honored my freshmen year with the star greenhead award and I have also received my green hand and chapter farmer degrees. I have attended the national state convention as a guest and will be returning this April to receive my state degree. The Convention is a great experience and I encourage every student to attend. Through FFA I’ve become more responsible and more work efficient. Teamwork is a vital part of the FFA; being in the FFA you work a lot with others. Being able to pull together and work well as a group plays a vital role. Without the help of our fellow members we wouldn’t be able to accomplish much at all. FFA is a learning opportunity with great advisors such as Mr. Mock and Mr. Eric Sellers, our organization wouldn’t be what it is today with out them. I encourage all students to take a step forward, learn about the FFA, and let the organization hopefully show you what it’s shown and taught me.

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