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FFA Members Bring Home Numerous Awards from the 85th State FFA Convention

The Thurmond FFA Chapter participated in the 85th State FFA Convention this year at Clemson University June 6-8. Joining the students were advisors Dan Henderson and Darla Steele.

18 members of the Thurmond FFA Chapter attended the convention, including chapter officers, competitors, state degree recipients and other chapter delegates. 2 students competed on the state level during the convention in the areas of: Extemporaneous Public Speaking and Job Interview. Students in attendance were: Kinsley Reeves, Trent Miller, Allie Jhant, Logan Pollock, Lucky Bailey, Briana Drumming, Chelsea Taylor, Leigh Northrop, Diana Palma, Austin Fulmer, Colton Kirkland, Ryan Thurmond, Robbie Guess, Andrew Wilhelm, Morgan Spaulding, Emily Fletcher, Karson Barrett an d Shawn Robinson.

Allie Jhant, 2012-2012 FFA President and Trent Miller, 2012-2013 FFA Vice-President attended the Delegate Business Session to place their votes for the chapter and begin the convention.

At the first business session, the Thurmond Chapter was named a National Gold Emblem Chapter and awarded the Governor’s Citation in the area of Community Development. The award provided the chapter with a nice plaque and $1,000 check to attend the National Convention in October. At the first session, 2 recent STHS graduates were awarded scholarships: Kinsley Reeves, $1,000 National FFA Ford Scholarship and $1,000 South Carolina Young Farmers & Agribusiness Association Scholarship. Andrew Wilhelm also received a $1,000 South Carolina Young Farmers & Agribusiness Association Scholarship.

At the second business session, the Thurmond Chapter was recognized for winning the state Forestry competition. Kinsley Reeves and Allie Jhant were also recognized for being finalist in their public speaking contests. Andrew Wilhelm, Austin Fulmer, Kinsley Reeves, Kevin Smith and Kyle Smith of Strom Thurmond FFA, also received their State FFA Degrees during the second session.

During the third general session Andrew Wilhelm was named SC Agribusinessman of the Year as part of the FFA Stars over South Carolina Ceremony and received a $1,200 scholarship. The Thurmond FFA also nominated Chalmers and Lori Anne Carr, owners of Titan Farms and Aaron Wood, Instructor at Piedmont Technical College for the Honorary State FFA Degree, in which they were awarded at the third session as well.

During the final session, Kinsley Reeves was recognized for serving on the Nominating Committee to pick the State Officers for the 2012-2013 school year and for being in the top 3 in Job Interview Competition. Allie Jhant was named the State Winner in Extemporaneous Public Speaking. Kinsley Reeves was also recognized for being the Region and state winner for the Individual FFA Award, which earned her a $500 scholarship. Andrew Wilhelm and Kinsley Reeves were also recognized during the Proficiency Award Presentations, earning each of them $250 scholarships. Lastly, the Strom Thurmond FFA was recognized for having 100+% Chapter Membership because of their attendance in the FFA, which was 190 kids for the 2011-2012 school year.

To say the Thurmond FFA Chapter and Strom Thurmond Career Center was well represented at the State FFA Convention would be an understatement as these kids and advisors were on stage the entire week for their hard work. Congrats to all participants and winners!
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FFA Leaders Excel in Nontraditional Areas

On October 5, 2012, Strom Thurmond High School had their homecoming game against Airport High School.  Before the game, they introduced nineteen senior young ladies as part of the homecoming court including contestant number seven, the Thurmond FFA chapter president.  They started the game and Strom Thurmond took a great lead before the half.  At halftime, they announced the winners.  There was a tie for 2nd runner-up. Next, they announced 1st runner-up, and then gave a long pause before they announced the 2012 Strom Thurmond High School Homecoming Queen.  The announcer finally came over the microphone to announce the Homecoming Queen as the Thurmond FFA Chapter President, Miss Allie Jhant.  To finish off the great night, the Strom Thurmond High School football team defeated Airport 41-6. One who contributors to this football game was the kicker for the Rebels, who is also the Thurmond FFA Vice-President. Trent Miller is not only an FFA officer and kicker for the Strom Thurmond football team, but he is also one of the top athletes in the country. He is one of 45,000 seniors who applied nationwide for the Wendy’s Heisman Scholarship Program. 981 of those applicants came from South Carolina and the Thurmond Chapter Vice-President, Trent Miller, was one of the applicants who was selected when the group was narrowed down to the state’s twenty finalist.  These finalists embody the Heisman spirit of hard work and dedication through outstanding achievements in athletics, academics, and community/school leadership.  Miller shows all of these characteristics as a kicker and punter for the Strom Thurmond High School football team, as well as serving as a volunteer for FFA and being in the top 5 of his graduating class.  We are very proud of our FFA President and Vice-President for their accomplishments on the field, in the classroom, and the community.

Photo by:  Bill Hart
Strom Thurmond FFA Member Mackenzie Talbert Signs With Clemson

Strom Thurmond’s McKenzie Talbert was the first player to verbally commit to Clemson’s women's golf program back on September 1, 2011. Now she is one of the first to sign a letter of intent to the Tigers lady golf team which inaugurates in the fall of 2013.

Talbert, one of the top-ranked female players in South Carolina, has been a Clemson fan her entire life. “I was born a Clemson Tiger so it wasn’t much of a decision. I’ve attended Clemson football games with my father since I was young and always loved it up there. Once I found out they were forming a ladies golf team, I knew I wanted to be a part of it.” Talbert stated on choosing Clemson over the many division one offers she had.    

She won three consecutive South Carolina 3A High School State Championships during her freshmen, sophomore and junior seasons and came up just a few strokes shy of a fourth a few months ago as a senior. Among some of her golfing accolades Talbert collected five top-5 finishes in AJGA events, represented the U.S. at the Junior Solheim Cup in Trim Ireland, and won the 2011 Sea Pines Junior Heritage.

On the educational side of her commitment to Clemson McKenzie will be majoring in Accounting, following in the footsteps of her father.  “You have to be able to count, if you want to play golf” she stated.

Story by: Tim Cane          Photo by:  Bill Hart
Strom Thurmond FFA Association Tractor Operations Team Takes 1st Place Regional Honors

Students of the Strom Thurmond Career Center FFA Chapter spent their Thursday evening last week in Chester County South Carolina competing in the South Carolina Mid-State Region Tractor Operations Competition. Not only did the team finish the competition in first place, but senior FFA member Colton Kirkland was able to complete the event as the highest scoring individual.  Kirkland completed the entire course in less than one minutes and twenty five seconds with no deductions resulting in a perfect score. 

Students in the Tractor Operations Career Development Event, earn the opportunity to demonstrate their technical knowledge as it relates to the operation of a tractor and trailer.
Students tested their knowledge through a driving course in which th ey had to not only pull a landscaping trailer, but also back it perfectly centered into a shoot.       

The team will now travel to Columbia South Carolina in October to compete in the South Carolina FFA State Tractor Operations Career Development Event.  Members of the Strom Thurmond team were: Colton Kirkland, Cody Borden, Logan Pollock, Jimmy Foley and Jacob Smith.  Their coach and advisor is Mr. J. Brooks.

Agricultural Mechanics Students Design and Build Horse Shoe Art

Robbie Guess and Ryan Thurmond, students in the agricultural mechanics course at Strom Thurmond Career Center have been working to design and build a sculpture out of horse shoes as part of their welding unit.  The two seniors worked together to use horse shoes and other scrap metal in the agriculture shop to build their "idea" of a bow hunter in a tree stand about to take a shot on a white tailed deer.  The students will now work on their cold metal skills as they construct a metal tool box. 

Strom Thurmond FFA Association Wildlife Management Team Takes 2nd Place at State Contest

Students of the Strom Thurmond Career Center FFA Association spent their Saturday on the Horry Georgetown Technical College campus in Georgetown South Carolina participating in the South Carolina FFA State Wildlife Management Career Development Competition. Students in the Wildlife Career Development Event, earn the opportunity to demonstrate their technical and management skills as it relates to wildlife, habitat, and harvesting regulations.

Students tested their knowledge through a written exam; plant, animal, and equipment identification stations; and completed a team activity related to wildlife.

This year, 30 teams competed for the title of State Champion. The Strom Thurmond FFA chapter took home 2nd place honors.  Members of the Strom Thurmond team were: Ben Rohr, Logan Pollock, Geddings Jhant, Diana Palma, Tori Lazenby, and Andrew Ball.  Their advisors are Mr. Jeremy Brooks and Mrs. Darla Steele.  A special thank you to Horry Georgetown Technical College for hosting and sponsoring the event.


The Strom Thurmond Career Center FFA Tool Identification team took first place honors in the Mid-State Regional Tool Identification Career Development Event (CDE) held at Strom Thurmond Career Center on February 26, 2013.
Team members Alana Thurmond, Mallory Fulmer, Henry Cartrett, and Austin were coached by their FFA Advisors Jeremy Brooks and Darla Steele, Agricultural Education instructors at Strom Thurmond Career Center.  Alana Thurmond posted a perfect score of 100.

The South Carolina Tool Identification Career Development Event is designed for students in the 9th and 10th grade that are in their first year of an agriculture class. Students participated in identifying 40 tools that are selected from a list of 187 possible choices. They also completed a knowledge test base on the proper use of the tools.

Qualifying teams from across the state will compete for State Awards March 30, 2013 in Greenwood.