In honor of the outstanding examples and ideas for improvements to agriculture and conservation, the Campbell County High School (CCHS) Future Farmers of America (FFA) chapter was awarded a certificate of appreciation from Senator Bob Corker.
Field Director David Leaverton traveled to CCHS on Tuesday in order to award the certificate and recognize the efforts of the FFA students.
“The conservation issues that these students are working on is the kind of stuff the national government is working on,” said Leaverton, as he commended the FFA members for their hard work.
Agriculture students in Eric Reynolds class had previously written and sent letters to Corker about the importance of conservation and agriculture.
CCHS sophomore Whitney Garner’s letter centered on alternate energy resources that could be used to prevent pollution.
“I think being recognized by Senator Corker is very uplifting for our school. It’s something new for us,” said Garner.
Career and Technical Director Sharon Ridenour said she was very proud of the students and the instructors for getting involved in the writing campaign to legislators. “It’s part of leadership; it teaches them to be community minded,” said Ridenour.
“FFA is a great program with great values. It’s kind of the American way of life and I would like to see even more students get involved,” said Campbell County Director of Schools Dr. Michael Martin.
“These students are not going to let agriculture die, they’re going to take it, pass it on and teach it,” said Reynolds, with obvious pride for his students.
“I’m glad you guys are not only for agriculture but conservation as well. I really respect you all for that,” said Leaverton.
“You guys are the future of Campbell County, the future of East Tennessee, and not only the future of our country, but our world,” Leaverton concluded in his address to the students.
“I’m a farmer and proud to have anything to do with agriculture here at school. This recognition is just a testament of what kind of students and advisors we have here at Campbell County,” said CCHS Principal Robbie Heatherly.