The Fannin FFA Livestock Show Team recently competed in the State FFA Livestock Show. The event was held at the Georgia National Fairgrounds in Perry, Georgia February 20-23, 2019.
The Livestock Show Event allows agricultural education students the opportunity to exhibit their livestock in the areas of market beef, sheep, goats, and swine. Team members include Jacob Abercrombie, Brooke Crowder, Patrick Connor, Cody Dills, Blake Dockery, Noah Hess, Kayla Hipp, Layne Epperson, Ethan Long, Jordan Long, Samantha Patterson, Trinity Yohn, and Will Watkins.
In the area of market goats, Ethan Long exhibited his breeding doe in showmanship and the weight class. He placed 8th in his weight class.
In the area of market lambs, Cody Dills placed 9th in 12th-grade showmanship and weight class, Kayla Hipp placed 9th in 11th-grade showmanship and 10th in her weight class. Jordan Long placed 11th in 10th-grade showmanship and weight class.
In the state livestock show, there were 2,167 market hogs. This was the first time that students from Fannin County exhibited market hogs. A special thank you to the Fannin Board of Education for allowing us to house hogs in our new state of the art agriculture facility. Without proper climate controls, it would be very difficult to grow out and show hogs in our cold winter temperatures. The following students were first-time hog show exhibitors Jacob Abercrombie, Brooke Crowder, Patrick Connor, Noah Hess, Layne Epperson, Samantha Patterson, Trinity Yohn, and Will Watkins.
While students had 25 -30 exhibitors per heat per grade level in each class, all students gave a valiant effort showing their hogs in showmanship and weight classes.
FFA is a national organization of over 600,000 members preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business, and technology of agriculture. FFA is an integral part of the agricultural education program in public schools. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.
Ethan Long and his goat
Kayla Hipp, Jordan Long, and Cody Dill
Jacob Abercrombie and his hog
Jordan Long and his sheep
Kayla Hipp with mother Londa Hipp and sheep
Samantha Patterson and her hog
Back row: Picture is of high school and middle school students Left to right Ethan Connor, Jordan Long, Cody Dills, Patrick Connor, Blake Dockery, Ethan Long, Jacob Abercrombie, and Noah Hess
Front row left to right: Blake Nicholson, Chelsea Frye, Zoe Putnam, Trinity Yohn, Samantha Patterson, Layne Epperson, and Brooke Crowder
Recently the Fannin County High School FFA wildlife team placed 16th in the Area I Career Development Event. Team Members consisted of Patrick Connor, Noah Hess, Kiaya Jones, Levi Pierce, and Shelby Pierce. The competition was held at Pickens County High School and there were 30 teams in the competition from Area I.
The Wildlife CDE is designed to promote wildlife management to students. Students are expected to demonstrate skills based on their instruction in wildlife management courses, including wildlife management, forestry, and natural resource management. The contest includes team and individual portions, including identification and exams. The Fannin County FFA Advisor is Cherie White
FFA is a national organization of over 600,000 members, with more than 39,000 student members in Georgia preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture. FFA is an integral part of the agricultural education program in public schools. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.
Picture from left to right: Levi Pierce, Noah Hess, Patrick Connor, Kiaya Jones, and Shelby Pierce
BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – It may seem like a small gesture to some, but for those in Gilmer County, Georgia, a simple jersey is relating a lot more than meets the eye as they receive a memorial jersey to honor Gilmer’s middle school principal, the late Larry Walker.
With a special moment before the middle school football games between these two schools on September 19, Fannin County School Superintendent Dr. Michael Gwatney took to the field with Gilmer County School Superintendent Dr. Shanna Downs and Appalachian Judicial Circuit District Attorney Alison Sosebee for a special ceremony in order to present the jersey hosting the emblems of both Gilmer and Fannin.
After a few words about Walker’s life and a moment of silence honoring him, Gwatney and Downs shared their own moment holding the jersey together. The announcers explained the meaning of the ceremony saying,
“The jersey being presented to the Gilmer Middle School football team bears the name of Walker with the #1. Also on the jersey is the Fannin County School insignia and the Gilmer County School insignia. The jersey being presented is in memory of Larry D. Walker, principal of Gilmer Middle School, and signifying Fannin County and Gilmer County are together as one, both in spirit and community.”
With the funeral today, many are still dealing with the loss as they prepare their final respects. Others are coping in their own ways. But as a community comes together and the true reach of one man comes into focus, they are responding to the show of support. Kayann Hayden West offered her thanks on social media saying, “Thankful for the support of our community and the Walker family up and down the 515 corridor. Rivals on the field but united in purpose and heart.”
The Fannin County FFA Farm Business Management Team recently competed in the Area I FFA Farm Business Management Career Development Event. The event was held at Summerville Middle School in Summerville, GA on November 7, 2017.
Farm Business Management team members are Tayelor Long, Shelby Pierce, Hannah Ritchie, and Emily Thomason. The Farm Business Management Career Development Event develops the abilities to apply the economic principles and concepts used in analyzing farm-ranch business management decisions. This team placed 4th in the competition out of 20 teams.
FFA is a national organization of over 600,000 members preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture. FFA is an integral part of the agricultural education program in public schools. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.
Rhonda Mathews is the Fannin County FFA advisor Young Farmer Advisor who coached the team. The Farm Business Management Career Development Event is sponsored by the Georgia Development Authority as a special project of the Georgia FFA Foundation.
Moments of greatness: If one were to summarize the Fannin Rebels’ 2017 football season, the highlight reel would be short – but spectacular. The Rebels, who finished last in Region 7 (AAA) this season, played hard and if we could shut the lights of the scoreboard off; we would see a team of resilient young men who wore their jerseys with pride and refused to quit.
Unfortunately, the scoreboard acts as a report card, and with the exception of two blowout victories; the Rebels were unable to pull it all together and produce the dominant victories for which the program is remembered.
Friday night’s home game would be the last for the senior class of 2018 – many of whom leave some large cleats to fill for the underclassmen. Rather than give you the typical play-by-play rundown, here is a basic summary of the play of the seniors in Friday night’s matchup:
Senior Cody Jacobs carried the ball like a juggernaut, determined to get the running game going for the first time in weeks.
Senior linemen Bradley Flowers and Keenan Putnam took turns shoving Viking facemasks to the turf. When the play was over, they helped them to their feet so they could do it again.
Austin Brown hit ’em high, Cole Earls hit ’em low, and Brett Galloway just hit ’em as hard as he could… like he has throughout his entire football career. Dawson King hauled in the impossible catches, Chandler Smith threw the impossible passes, and Jonah Henry just did everything he could to get his hands on the football to help.
Ethan Smith continued to fight a nagging leg injury, while Sam Mercer and Ben Collins kept the team focused on the game and what they all came to do. Clay Holloway made sure the Vikings remembered his number.
Bailey White tried to cover his number so the offense would actually throw the ball in his direction. Luke Cowart covered his number, too, with his arms wrapped around the football. Jacob Hood showed his versatility, and the Fannin County coaches showed patience and resolve.
It takes a special athlete to take a beating and keep coming at your opponent. It also takes a special coach to take the responsibility of basically turning our boys into men, building their character from the early morning hours through the hot-humid afternoons of summer workouts, and handling criticism with the same poise and professionalism they’ve instilled in the very athletes they train.
East Hall defeated Fannin County by a final score of 47-27 Friday night, but the lesson trumps the loss. If the Rebels live their lives with the same ambition, attitude and persistence they gave on the field this season; we can expect they will be champions at life.