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WCHS FFA gains state, national credits

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Their track record is among the best in the nation.

When competing in the Agricultural Issues Competition, a type of public speaking advocacy program on topics relating to agriculture, Wilson Central High School’s Future Farmers of America Chapter is considered one of the premier programs in the state and nation.

Members of this year’s competition team presented their oral presentation that they will use for national competition in March to members of the Lebanon Morning Rotary yesterday. The topic the team has selected this year is about the closing of the Wilson County Sale Barn, an agriculture institution that existed in Lebanon from 1935 until June of last year.

Members of the team, Lauren Sharpe, Sarah Beth Cantrell and Hailey Gates under the supervision of faculty sponsor Benny McDonald, presented with the aid of Power Point slides a compelling oral argument about the economic harm caused by the closing of the sale barn and also noted in the presentation a number of reasons as to why the sale barn closed, including among others its location in a business district that wasn’t there when the business was first opened by the McKee family some 75 years ago.

Over the past eight years the Wilson Central FFA Chapter has won eight state championships and competed in eight national competitions where they have placed in the top 10 in the nation each time but once.

Students involved in the program have earned more than 70 State FFA Degrees and more than 30 American FFA Degrees which represent the highest degree that can be offered a FFA member at the national level.

The Wilson Central FFA legacy in the past six years includes three second place finishes at the state competition, one third place finish, two state title wins in 2007 and 2009. The two teams that won the state titles placed fifth in national competitions.

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