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THE PENDLETON HIGH SCHOOL DEPARTMENT of AGRICULTURAL EDUCATION
Pendleton FFA Chapter
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FFA is a dynamic youth organization that is a part of agricultural education programs at middle and high schools. Founded as the Future Farmers of America, the name was changed in 1988 to reflect the growing diversity of agriculture. Today, student members are engaged in a wide range of curriculum and FFA activities, leading to over 300 career opportunities in agriculture.


FFA 2010-2011


Partain and MacDougal Take State Titles
Congratulations to Brandi Partain and Zack MacDougal for taking state titles in Creed Speaking and Extemporaneous Public Speaking at the state FFA convention.  They will be participating on the national level in Indianapolis this fall.


Poultry Evalution Team Takes First in State

The Pendleton High School FFA Poultry Evaluation team took first place honors in the state finals held at Clemson University, Saturday, May 14, 2011.

 Team members Josh Yeargin, Savannah Vickery, Brandi Partain and Nathan Slaton will represent South Carolina in the National FFA Poultry Evaluation Finals in October during the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana. Savannah Vickery was the high individual scorer in the state competition.

 The students will be accompanied by FFA advisor Blake Berry, an Agri-science instructor at Pendleton High School, who coached the state championship team. This is the second consecutive year a Pendleton team has taken top state honors in the Poultry Evaluation event under the leadership of Mr. Berry.

 The team was awarded a stipend by the SC FFA Foundation to pay a portion of the cost of their trips to the National FFA Convention to compete in the national finals.

 The Pendleton High School Agricultural Education Department includes Poultry Science in its curriculum because of the importance of the poultry industry to South Carolina’s agricultural economy. Broiler production is the number one agricultural commodity in the state and accounts for more than 20 percent of the total farm income.


Berry Named PHS Teacher of the Year

Blake Berry, agriscience teacher and FFA advisor, has been selected by his peers as the Pendleton High School Teacher of the Year. The record breaking year experienced by the FFA last year and wins this year shows not only his dedication to students and the program, but also his ability to teach our young adults.

Mr. Berry is involved in many aspects of the community as well.  His participation in Fall Festival in Pendleton, the wreath-making classes each Christmas, the color bowl workshops, and the visits to Sterling House in Clemson demonstrate his service to the community as well as the school.

He is a graduate of Clemson University with a BS degree and a Masters in Agricultural Education. He has also studied at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland and spent a summer in the Commonwealth of Dominica studying Tropical Biodiversity.

Recognized as the Outstanding Senior in Agricultural Education at Clemson University, Mr. Berry was named recipient of the John W. Parris Agricultural Leadership Award by the Clemson University Collegiate FFA Organization. He served as president of the SC FFA Association and was the first recipient of the State FFA Star in Agribusiness while a senior at Hillcrest High School in Simpsonville, SC.  He was recently named the Outstanding Young Agricultural Educator in the Piedmont Region of South Carolina.


Pendleton Hosts Region CDE Event

The Pendleton FFA hosted the Piedmont Region Leadership CDE April 28. Twelve schools from the Piedmont Region competed in Creed Speaking, Upper Creed Speaking, Extemporaneous Public Speaking, and Prepared Public Speaking.

Taking second place in Creed Speaking, for beginning FFA members in 9th grade, was Hunter Morton.  In Upper Creed Speaking, for beginning FFA members in 10th grade, Brandi Partain had the top score.

Prepared Public Speaking winner was Mac Anderson while Zac MacDougal took second place in Extemporaneous Public Speaking.


All of the students will compete in the state Leadership CDE later this spring.


Career Development Events (CDEs) help students develop the abilities to think critically, communicate clearly, and perform effectively in a competitive job market. 
Creed Speaking involves students demonstrating their interpretation and self-expression of the FFA Creed. They must present the FFA Creed from memory and answer questions about its meaning and purpose. The event boosts self-confidence, develops their ability to communicate in a powerful, professional manner.

The Prepared Public Speaking CDE is designed to develop agricultural leadership by providing for member participation in agricultural public speaking activities and stimulating interest in leadership and citizenship. Students must write and deliver a six to eight minute talk about a current agriculture related topic in areas such as agriscience and technology, agribusiness, agrimarketing just to name a few.

 

During the Prepared Public Speaking CDE, students write and deliver a six- to eight-minute speech about a current agriculture-related topic. The speaking skills gained through this event help students excel in school, community and career settings.

 

In the Extemporaneous Public Speaking CDE, students select one of three agricultural related topics.  They then have thirty minutes to research and prepare a four to six minute speech.  The event is designed to develop the ability of all FFA members to express themselves on a given subject without advanced preparation or rehearsal. FFA members must formulate their remarks for presentation in a very limited amount of time.  (Click on slide shows for photos)



Berry Named President-Elect of Farmer's Society

Blake Berry, agricultural science educator at Pendleton High School, was recently named president-elect of the historic Pendleton Farmers Society.

Organized in 1815, the Society meets at the Farmers Hall which was constructed in 1828 on the square in downtown Pendleton. The building is the oldest farmers’ hall in continuous use in the nation.  

It was at a meeting of the Society that Thomas Green Clemson, son-in-law of former US Vice President John C. Calhoun, first discussed plans to establish a land grant institution which later became a reality and today is Clemson University.  The Society is nationally recognized for its pioneer leadership in promoting agricultural science education at the secondary school, community college and university levels.

John C. Calhoun and Thomas Green Clemson served as president of the prestigious Society.

Mr. Berry is a graduate of Clemson University with a BS degree and a Masters in Agricultural Education. He has also studied at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland and spent a summer in the Commonwealth of Dominica studying Tropical Biodiversity.

Recognized as the Outstanding Senior in Agricultural Education at Clemson University, Mr. Berry was named recipient of the John W. Parris Agricultural Leadership Award by the Clemson University Collegiate FFA Organization. He served as president of the SC FFA Association and was the first recipient of the State FFA Star in Agribusiness while a senior at Hillcrest High School in Simpsonville, SC.  He was recently named the Outstanding Young Agricultural Educator in the Piedmont Region of South Carolina.

Berry, the son of Michael and Rebecca Berry of Fountain Inn, SC, is married to the former Emily McCarter who is also a teacher.


PHS Students Top Individual Scores in State
The Pendleton FFA Chapter participated in the SC Tool Identification Career Development Event (CDE) during the on Super Saturday at the State Fair Grounds in Columbia, SC, April 16, 2011. Hunter Morton and Joseph Nimmons completed the team which is coached by Josh Murdock.


The team placed third in the state after  a tie-breaker was needed to separate three teams tied for the state's top stop.

This event is an educational competition that helps develop the ability to correctly identify names and uses of a variety of tools common to the Agricultural Education curriculum.  Students completed a written test on tool usage and identified tools in a practicum setting.


PHS Agronomy Team Takes Second in State

The Pendleton FFA Chapter participated in the State FFA Agronomy Career Development Event (CDE) during Super Saturday at the State Fair Grounds in Columbia, SC,  April 16, 2011.

Members of the team are Talena Stewart, Aaron Newton, Angel Woody, and Weston Link.  The team is coached by Blake Berry.

Team members created a management plan related to crop and soil sciences thus enhancing  their problem solving capabilities, communication skills, and teamwork.

The agronomy team also had to identify crops and weeds in individual parts of the contest


PHS Comes Ups Roses

For the second straight year, the PHS Floriculture team took top honors in the state floriculture competition at Spartanburg Community College.  Team members Hanna Capell, Emily Forrest, Savanna Gambrell, and Emma Job. tested their knowledge and skills in the production and retailing of flowers, plants and foliage. They also completed a general knowledge exam on the floriculture industry, identified plant materials, and demonstrate problem solving and decision-making skills, employment and customer service skills, technical floral skills and the ability to work as a team.

Emma Job was named 2nd high individual in the competition while Hanna Capell scored 3rd highest individual.  The team will be competing later this fall in the national competition in Indianapolis, IN. The teaam is coached by agriscience teacher Blake Berry.



PHS Nursery-Landscape Second in State

The PHS Nursery-Landscape team was named runner up in the state nursery-landscape competition at Spartanburg Community College. 

Team members Brandi Partain, Hunter Morton, Katelyn McIntyre, and Trae Drake completed a general knowledge exam testing horticultural principles including plant anatomy, production, marketing, turf, landscape design and maintenance. They also completed practicums involving a landscape drawing, landscape estimating, plant propagation or potting, identification of plants, disorders, and equipment.  The team is coached by agriscience teacher Josh Murdock.


Pendleton FFA and ROTC Members Meet State Legislators

Pendleton High School agricultural education students attended the SC FFA-sponsored State Legislators Appreciation Ceremony in Columbia February 23.

          

The students accompanied by Josh Murdock and Blake Berry, agricultural education instructors and FFA advisors began the day by visiting with State Senators and State Representatives to thank them for their support of Agricultural Education. They were introduced to the members of the House of Representatives while in session.

            

Following the visits, the group joined more than 1000 FFA members and advisors from throughout South Carolina on the north steps of the State Capitol for a special recognition ceremony. The event got under way with the Presentation of Colors by Pendleton FFA members Tracy Grate, Bryanna Moore, Brandi Partain, Mack Anderson, and Kenneth Smith. The National Anthem was sung by Pendleton FFA member Mackenzie Mullikin.

           

The State FFA Officers, on behalf of the National FFA Organization, presented the prestigious Honorary American FFA Degree to retired Agricultural Educator E.B. Earle and Kemp McLeod who is the owner of McLeod’s Farm and Macs Pride Brand. Both Honoraries are from McBee. The purpose of the Honorary American degree is to recognize individuals who have rendered outstanding service to agricultural education and the FFA program.

 

The Honorable Harvey Peeler, a Member of the SC Senate from Gaffney, SC, was presented the Honorary State FFA Degree. The purpose of the Honorary State FFA Degree program is to recognize individuals who have rendered outstanding service to the state agricultural education program.

 

State Senator Daniel B. Verdin, of Laurens, chairman of the Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee, presented a Concurrent Resolution of Recognition and Commendation to the state FFA officers on behalf of all the members of the SC General Assembly.

 

The 2010-11 state FFA officers conducted the ceremony at the South Carolina State House. They are: State President Katie Simpson of the Abbeville Chapter, State Secretary Troy Dobbins from the Pendleton chapter, and State Vice Presidents Scott Sherard from the Calhoun Falls chapter, Seamus Cassidy from the Aiken chapter, Courtney Threatt from the McBee chapter and Holly Benenhaley, from the Lakewood chapter in Sumter County.

 

The FFA positively influences the young people of America by developing character and leadership skills, and preparing members for successful careers.  FFA members are the leaders of tomorrow. Through agricultural education and hands-on learning, FFA members are preparing for more than 300 career opportunities in the food, fiber and natural resources industries of agriculture. With more than half-a-million members, the organization has a history of service and a legacy of leadership.

 

The week of George Washington’s birthday was designated as National FFA Week in 1947 at a National FFA Board of Directors meeting. FFA Week always runs from Saturday to Saturday, and encompasses February 22, Washington’s birthday.



Pendleton FFA Takes 2nd in Tool ID CDE
The Pendleton High FFA Tool ID team took second place in the region CDE at Crescent High February 17.  Brandi Partain walked off with 2nd high individual.  Other team members include Hunter Morton, Austin Rose, and Joseph Nimmons.  These students, coached by FFA advisor Josh Murdock, will compete in the state Tool ID contest later this spring.







Pendleton FFA Ranks Among The Top Teams at the State Wildlife Management Contest

The Pendleton FFA Wildlife Management team took second place honors in the State Wildlife Management Career Development Event (CDE) held at Horry-Georgetown Technical College’s Georgetown Campus on February 12, 2011.

The team consisted of Mack Anderson, Weston Link, Zac MacDougal, and Josh Yeargin.  Mack Anderson finished as the second place overall individual in the event. The FFA members were trained by FFA Advisor Blake Berry, Agricultural Education instructor at Pendleton High School.

 

The primary sponsor of the event was Horry-Georgetown Technical College. Other sponsors include the Georgetown County Soil and Water Conservation District, the Williamsburg County Soil and Water Conservation District, the Horry County Soil and Water Conservation District, the Society of American Foresters, and Tractor Supply of Georgetown.

The event was planned and coordinated by Jim Westerhold, professor of Wildlife Management at Horry-Georgetown Technical College. The contest challenges students in the areas of habitat development, wildlife and plant identification, and wildlife management techniques. Students must also determine the age of White-tailed Deer, Wild Turkey, and Bobwhite Quail.  The winner of the event advances to the National Environmental and Natural Resources Career Development Event held at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana.


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Congratulations to agriscience instructor Blake Berry on his selection as "Outstanding Young Teacher" Piedmont Region of the SCAEA (South Carolina Agriculture Educators Association). Mr. Berry will compete against other region winners for the state Outstanding Young Teacher award to be selected in 2011.  Mr. Berry is one of the coaches for the Pendleton FFA CDE teams which won a record seven state championships in one academic year.






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The Pendleton High FFA was recognized by state and national Agriculture representatives for the remarkable of achievement of winning seven state CDE titles this past academic year.  Mr. John Parris, SC FFA Public Affairs Director praised the team members and advisors for setting this state record.  He said this could possibly be a national record as well. The PHS teams in floriculture, dairy handler, landscape/nursery, livestock evaluation, poultry evaluation, prepared public speaking, and extemporaneous public speaking will represent South Carolina in the national contests in Indianapolis, Indiana, in October.

PHS CDE state winners were also recognized by the Anderson County Council at the September council meeting for their hard work and success over the past year.

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