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Covington FFA Does Well in Regional Forestry
Posted By: Jerry Johnson   5/2/2018


From L to R: Leanna Gray, Quentin Morris, Tanner Bearden, Sarah Gilla, Juniper Boiter, Joseph Hellman, Bobbie Sue Wilson, and Madison Rowland
In the Tree: Wesley Morris

The Covington FFA had a strong showing at the last regional contest for the 2017-2018 school year, as they finished 2nd in the District and 5th in West Tennessee at the 2018 Forestry Regional Competition.  The team was challenged in tree identification, tree measuring, azimuth reading, tool identification, and topographical mapping.  The team will move on to the state finals this June at Camp Clements.  
 
Covington FFA Finishes 3rd Overall in West TN Standings
Posted By: Jerry Johnson   5/2/2018


Front Row (L to R): John Travis Turner, Joseph Hellman, Quentin Morris, Averi Cole, Georgia Friend, Bobbie Sue Wilson, and Madison Johnson
Back Row (L to R): John Hartsfield, Eugene Fincher, Wesley Morris, Nick Kellum, Steven Sartain, Elisha Spitler, and Tommy Flanagan

The Covington High School FFA program was recently recognized for its many accomplishments in the 2017-2018 year.  Through hard work and determination, the chapter placed 3rd in the West TN Standings out of 47 high schools in West Tennessee.  The chapter placed 2nd in the instructional division, 3rd in the supervised agricultural experience division, and 3rd in the leadership division.  The chapter brought home regional wins in Poultry Judging, Lower Agriculture Mechanics, Milk Quality and Products, and Environmental and NRM.  The chapter brought home regional runner-up plaques in Agriculture Sales, Land Judging, Extemporaneous Public Speaking, and Job Interview. The chapter had 7 regional winners in their proficiency areas (Will Turner in Small Animal Care, Steven Sartain in Environmental, Wesley Gray in Grain Production, Alex Daniel in Diversified Crops, John Travis Turner in Beef Production, Averi Cole in Home and Community Development, and Nick Kellum in Wildlife Management.)  The chapter had two regional winners in the Agriculture Science Fair, and they include Averi Cole in Social Systems Division V, and Madison Johnson/Georgia Friend in Social Systems Division VI.  It was a great night for the chapter, and the chapter would like to thank the faculty and staff at Covington High School, the Covington FFA Alumni and Supporters, and community members for helping these kids transform into the very best that they can be. 
 
Covington FFA Wins Regional Championship in Poultry
Posted By: Jerry Johnson   4/23/2018


From L to R: Mr. Johnson, Elisha Spitler, Wesley Morris, Eugene Fincher, Joseph Hellman, Sarah Gilla, Quentin Morris, Madison Rowland, and Leanna Gray.


The Covington FFA recently competed in two different poultry judging competitions, and were very successful at both.  On April 12th, the team competed at the West TN Poultry Contest at Obion County High School, where the team won the 2018 regional championship through hard work and determination.  Individually, Joseph Hellman was the high individual in West TN and Elisha Spitler was the third high individual.  On Saturday, April 21st, the team competed at the state finals where they finished 7th in the state out of 36 registered teams.  Poultry judging involves evaluating the following classes: hens, broilers, carcass and part grading, RTC placing, exterior eggs, interior eggs, bone-in products, and boneless products.  The chapter is very proud of these individuals and the many hours they put into this event. 
 
Covington FFA Has Spectacular State Convention
Posted By: Jerry Johnson   4/3/2018


Front Row (L to R): Bobbie Sue Wilson, Lauren Jordan, Madison Johnson, Georgia Friend, Quentin Morris, Joseph Hellman, John Hartsfield, and Nathan Oliver

Back Row (L to R): Elisha Spitler, Corban Coughlan, Tommy Flanagan, Steven Sartain, Wesley Gray, Nick Kellum, Alex Daniel, and John Travis Turner (Not Pictured-Averi Cole)

The Covington FFA had a spectacular State FFA Convention recently at the 90th edition of the annual event in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.   The chapter was well represented in many areas.  The chapter won awards for being a National Gold Chapter, a National 2 Star Chapter, the Gold Level PLOW Award, 10% membership increase, and the State Superior Chapter award.  The chapter had the 2018 Tennessee State Champion Agriculture Sales team, who will move on to nationals.  Team members are Madison Johnson, Tommy Flanagan, Alex Daniel, and Averi Cole.  The chapter also had the 3rd place in the state team in Agriculture Communications.  Team members are Averi Cole, Madison Johnson, Lauren Jordan, and Georgia Friend.  Also, Averi Cole is the 2018 Tennessee State Winner in the Extemporaneous Public Speaking Contest, which is one of most challenging competitions for an individual student to compete in.  The chapter had 5 students win their state proficiency areas, and they are the following: Alex Daniel in Diversified Crop Production, Steven Sartain in Environmental and Natural Resource Management,  Wesley Grain in Grain Production, Averi Cole in Home and Community Development, and Will Turner in Small Animal Care and Production.  The chapter had 8 student receive their state degree, and they include the following: Averi Cole, Tommy Flanagan, Quentin Morris, Joseph Hellman, Corban Coughlan, Nathan Oliver, Madison Johnson, and Elisha Spitler.  The chapter also had 5 agriscience fair projects, which is the highest amount that the chapter has ever achieved.  These students include the following: Averi Cole in Social Systems Division V (2018 Tennessee State Winner), Madison Johnson and Georgia Friend in Social Systems Division VI (2018 Tennessee State Runner-Up, West TN Regional Winner), Steven Sartain in Environmental and NRM Systems Divison V (2018 West TN Regional Runner Up, 3rd in State), Alex Daniel and Tommy Flanagan in Plant Systems Divison VI (2018 West TN Regional Runner Up, 3rd in State), and Joseph Hellman and Quentin Morris in Animal Systems Division VI (2018 West TN Regional Runner Up, 4th in State). Also, Averi Cole was elected as the 2018-2019 West Tennessee State Vice President as one of the eight state officers that will serve the 14,000 members of the Tennessee FFA Association for the next 12 months.   Overall, the chapter had a convention to remember and could not do it without the support of the administration and faculty at Covington High School, the Covington FFA Alumni, support throughout the community and Tipton County, and a lot of family support as well!  The chapter looks forward to the spring competition schedule and finishing the school year out strong.  
 
Lower Agriculture Mechanics Team Wins Regional Championship
Posted By: Jerry Johnson   3/9/2018


From L to R: Bobbie Sue Wilson, Brandon Duffin, Wesley Odom, Anthony Thorn, and Madison Rowland.


The Covington FFA recently competed in the 2018 West TN Lower Agriculture Mechanics Competition, where they placed 1st in the District and 1st in West Tennessee!  Individually, Madison Rowland was first in tool identification, Brandon Duffin was first in small engine parts, Wesley Odom was first in stud assembly, and Bobbie Sue Wilson was third overall in electrical wiring.  The chapter is super excited about this group of freshman, as they done an extremely well job preparing and executing in this career development event.  The chapter would also like to give a shot out to Mrs. Flanagan and Mr. Cole for doing a great job in coaching these young people!
 
Covington FFA Places 2nd in the District
Posted By: Jerry Johnson   3/9/2018


From L to R: Damon Brodie, Nick Kellum, Quentin Morris, Wesley Morris, Gary Richardson, and Elisha Spitler.

The Covington FFA Upper Agriculture Mechanics team recently competed at Haywood County High School.  Team members competed in arc welding, truss construction, switch and receptacle wiring project, and differential leveling.  The team finished 2nd in the District and 7th in West Tennessee.  Individually, Gary Richardson and Wesley Morris finished 3rd in differential leveling, Nick Kellum finished 3rd in truss construction, Quentin Morris finished 4th in arc welding, and Elisha Spitler finished 15th in wiring.  The chapter is very proud of all of their hard work and determination. 

 
Covington FFA Has Superior Showing at Speaking Competitions
Posted By: Jerry Johnson   2/9/2018


From L to R: Mr. Bryan Cole, Averi Cole, Mrs. Liz Flanagan, and Tommy Flanagan

The Covington FFA had a great showing this past week at Crockett County High School, where the chapter had two speakers qualify for the state finals after placing 2nd in West Tennessee in their respective areas.  Averi Cole competes in Extemporaneous Public Speaking, and Tommy Flanagan competes in Job Interview. By finishing in the top 2 in the region, they will go against the top 2 from Middle Tennessee and East Tennessee, with the privilege of representing Tennessee in the fall of 2018 as the state champion.  Good luck to these two competitors next month at the state convention in Gatlinburg!  
 
Covington FFA Regional Runner-Up in Ag Communications
Posted By: Jerry Johnson   2/9/2018


From L to R: Georgia Friend, Quentin Morris, Averi Cole, Madison Johnson, and Lauren Jordan

Recently the Covington FFA Agriculture Communications team competed in the 2018 West Tennessee Agriculture Communications competition on the campus of the University of Tennessee at Martin.  The team did extremely well, as they placed 2nd in West Tennessee and will move on to the state finals next month in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.  Team members had to create a media plan and give a presentation on the media plan.  The team did a plan on Sean Donaldson, a former member of the Covington FFA Chapter and currently a farmer in Tipton County.  Good luck guys at state!
 
Covington FFA does great at Livestock Judging Competitions
Posted By: Jerry Johnson   11/13/2017


From L to R: Bobbie Sue Wilson, Sarah Gilla, Juniper Boiter, Alexandria Christensen, Samantha Smith, Madison Johnson, Damon Boddie, Victor Gayden, John Hartsfield, Thomas Ortiz-Posey, Keon Reed, and Dallas McKee

The Covington FFA recently competed in two livestock judging competitions and did well in both.  On November 2nd, the team traveled to the University of Tennessee at Martin to compete in the West TN FFA Livestock Judging Contest, where they placed 2nd in the District and 12th in West Tennessee out of 30 teams.  On November 9th, the team traveled to Parsons where they competed in the Western Region 4H Livestock Judging Contest, where they placed 5th out of 23 teams. Livestock judging involves each team member evaluating market steers, breeding heifers, breeding gilts, market hogs, market lambs, breeding ewes, breeding does, and market goats.  The team members also had to give oral reasons on the classes to defend the placings that they made.  The chapter thinks each member for all of their hard work and dedication in this challenging competition. 
 
Covington FFA Has Convention to Remember
Posted By: Jerry Johnson   11/7/2017
  


National Nursery (L to R): Noah Gamble, Nathan Oliver, Ryan Wick, and Pete Walker
National Livestock (L to R): Will Turner, Averi Cole, Catherine Turner, John Travis Turner

The Covington FFA had an outstanding showing representing the chapter and Tennessee FFA at the 90th National FFA Convention and Expo in Indianapolis, Indiana from Oct 24-28th.  The chapter had two teams that represented Tennessee in national competition, with the Nursery team finishing 25th and the Livestock team finishing 27th in the nation.  Both teams earned a National Silver Medalist for their hard work and determination.  The chapter also had four students earn their American FFA Degree, which is the highest individual award that the organization can bestow upon its members.  These members included Sam Daniel, Molly Flanagan, Tyler Rowland, and Hannah Turner.  The chapter was also recognized for being a 2-star in the national chapter award program as well.  Great members with great support from CHS and the community allows these members to achieve the very best that they can. 
 
Covington FFA Soils Team Rocks at Regionals
Posted By: Jerry Johnson   10/22/2017


From L to R: Bobbie Sue Wilson, Madison Rowland, Joseph Hellman, Alex Daniel, Corban Coughlain, McKenzie Rowland, Steven Sartain, Sammy Simmons, John Travis Turner, and Brandon Duffin


The Covington FFA had a very strong showing as they are the 2017 Regional Runner-Ups in Land Judging that was held on October 3rd at the University of Tennessee at Martin.  The team placed 2nd out of 28 teams and will move on to the state finals later this month that will be held in Milan, Tennessee.  Team members on the FFA team were Joseph Hellman, Alex Daniel, Steven Sartain, and John Travis Turner.  Hellman lead the team as he was the 2nd high individual in the contest with a 356 out of 400.  The chapter also had members who represented the Tipton County 4-H team, and this team qualified for state as well by placing 3rd out of 22 teams.  Team members were Corban Coughlain, Brandon Duffin, Madison Rowland, and Sammy Simmons.  Both teams will compete on October 30th with an opportunity to compete in Oklahoma next May on the line.  Good luck to all the FFA members!
 
Ag Sales Team Moves on to State Finals
Posted By: Jerry Johnson   10/22/2017


From L to R: Madison Johnson, Tommy Flanagan, Tucker Chumley, and Averi Cole

The Covington FFA recently competed in the 2017 West Tennessee Agriculture Sales CDE at Dyer County High School.  Team members competed in a team sales activity, an individual sales activity, and also took a knowledge exam based on agricultural sales principles.  The challenge for this year is selling Kubota RTV's to potential customers that are in agriculture, construction, outdoors, wildlife, and recreational fields.  The team finished as the Regional Runner-Ups, and will move to the state finals this March in Gatlinburg along with the Paris FFA from West Tennessee.  The chapter would like to give a big thank you to Wooten Tractor in Covington for their help in this project.   Congratulations guys on all of your hard work and determination and good luck at state!
 
Covington FFA wins the 2017 State Livestock Judging Championship
Posted By: Jerry Johnson   9/26/2017


From Left to Right: John Travis Turner, Will Turner, Catherine Turner, and Nathan Oliver

The Covington FFA recently brought home the 2017 Tennessee State Livestock Judging Championship back to Covington High School.  The team qualified for the championships by placing 3rd in the region this past November at UT-Martin.  The team was challenged with evaluating breeding heifers, market hogs, market lambs, market goats, breeding does, and commercial ewes. The team also had to give reasons based on the decisions that they made in the arena.  The team members also had to complete a keep-cull class, and also had to take a general knowledge exam on the livestock industry.  The team will move on to the National Finals in October at the 90th annual National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana.  The team members had worked for many years for this win, with a lot of ups and downs along the way.  The chapter would like to thank Mr. Ted Turner, Mr. John Turner, Mr. Elton Bryant, Mrs. Liz Flanagan, Mr. Bryan Cole, Turner Angus Farms, Turner Club Lambs, Brighton FFA, and the Munford FFA for helping the group evaluate livestock and listening to reasons throughout the past year. Good luck at Nationals!!
 
Covington FFA Wins Regional Milk Quality Products Competition
Posted By: Jerry Johnson   9/26/2017


From L to R: Eugene Fincher, Deacon Christian, Samantha Smith, Damon Boodie, Nikavian Brown, Keegan Chapman, and Colin Haynes

The Covington FFA recently placed 1st in West Tennessee at the 2017 Tennessee FFA State Milk Quality and Products contest held at the Tennessee State Fair in Nashville.  Team members had to identify ten samples of milk and score the milk on a scale from 1-10, had to identify 20 different possible cheese types and characteristics of the cheese, identify both dairy and non-dairy products and the fat content of each product.  The students also had to take a general knowledge exam on the dairy foods industry.  The chapter is very impressed with this group who came to school before school time to practice each day.  
 
Covington FFA Does Well at State Dairy Contest
Posted By: Jerry Johnson   9/26/2017


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From L to R: John Hartsfield, Jospeh Hellman, Averi Cole, Madison Johnson, and Steven Sartain

The Covington FFA recently competed in the 2017 State Dairy Judging Championship at the Tennessee State Fair, where they finished 3rd in West Tennessee and 10th overall in the state.  The team had to place six classes of dairy cattle, give two sets of oral reasons defending their placings, and also take a general knowledge exam on the dairy industry.  Individually, Averi Cole lead the team as she was the 12th high individual in the state.  The chapter is very proud of the hard work and dedication that they have put into this competition.  
 
Covington FFA Qualifies for State Dairy Contest
Posted By: Jerry Johnson   8/29/2017


From L to R: John Hartsfield, Joseph Hellman, Averi Cole, Madison Johnson, Steven Sartain, and Alex Daniel.

Congratulations to the Covington FFA who recently placed 1st in the District and 4th in West TN at the 2017 West TN Dairy Judging Contest that was held at the Henry County Fairgrounds.  Through hard work and dedication, these students have now qualified for the state championships to be held on September 11th, 2017 at the Tennessee State Fair in Nashville, Tennessee.  Each student had to evaluate four sets of dairy cattle, give oral reasons on why they made their decision on two sets of cattle, and also had to test based on the dairy industry.  Good luck to these fine young people at the state finals!
 
Covington FFA Finishes School Year Strong
Posted By: Jerry Johnson   6/22/2017


From L to R: Brianna Reed, Joseph Hellman, Keon Reed, Nick Kellum, Ryan Wick, Steven Sartain, Greg Mullins, Will Turner, Quentin Morris, and John Travis Turner.

The Covington FFA finished off the 2016-2017 school year with an outstanding weekend of competitions at Camp Clements in Van Burean County, Tennessee.  The chapter had three different teams competing during the weekend.  The Environmental and Natural Resources Team finished as the 2017 Tennessee State Runners-Up in the competition.  This competition consisted of wildlife identification, soil profile laboratory, and a test on wildlife and ecology knowledge.  Team members are John Travis Turner, Nathan Oliver, Will Turner, Nick Kellum, and Steven Sartain.  The Forestry team had an outstanding showing as well, as they placed 3rd in West Tennessee and 6th overall in the state in this prestigious competition.  This competition consisted of tree identification, tree mensuration, azimuth reading, chainsaw identification and problems, tree disorders, forestry equipment id, and a forestry knowledge exam.  Team members are Ryan Wick, Greg Mullins, Quentin Morris, Joseph Hellman, Keon Reed, and Brianna Reed.  The Agronomy team in its first year on a state level had a great showing, as they placed as the West Tennessee Regional Runners-Up.  This competition consisted of team members identifications skills of weeds, plants, insects, and equipment that are used in row crop production.  Team members are Quentin Morris, Joseph Hellman, Brianna Reed, and Keon Reed.  The chapter also competed in the National Chapter Award process, and the chapter was selected to move on to National Judging at the end of July.  The chapter was recognized as a Tennessee Gold Chapter, being one of 19 chapters in the entire state to receive this amazing award.  The chapter would like to think the faculty and staff at Covington High School, the Covington FFA Alumni, and all members of the community who have supported all of the students in our chapter in so many ways.  The Covington FFA chapter truly appreciates it from the bottom of our hearts. 
 
Catherine Turner Named 2017 Tennessee Star Farmer
Posted By: Jerry Johnson   6/6/2017



COVINGTON FFA MEMBER NAMED STATE STAR FARMER

COOKEVILLE, TN—Catherine Turner of the Covington Future Farmers of America (FFA) chapter is Tennessee FFA’s 2017 Star Farmer. The Star Farmer is considered the highest recognition in the state for an aspiring young farmer. Star recognition is awarded to the top students in five areas who best demonstrate superior Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) projects, a requirement for all FFA members. Her SAE project is beef cattle production.

 Catherine works on her family’s beef cattle operation, Turner Angus Farm. She owns 10 cows, 10 calves, 3 yearlings, and 2 bulls, in addition to the larger cattle operation she helps run with her family. Catherine was an active FFA member throughout her high school career, serving as her chapter president, Western Region President and was a National Finalist with her Agricultural Communications Proficiency.

 For her achievement, Catherine will be honored during the weeklong 3rd Annual Tennessee FFA Star Tour presented by Farm Credit Mid-America. The Tennessee FFA Star Tour offers the Stars a platform to share the work from their agricultural projects with supporters across Tennessee. The tour begins in Nashville where the stars will plan their presentation for the week. From there, the Stars will present at a luncheon for the Southern Association of State Departments of Agriculture (SASDA). They will also attend a Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation reception in Cookeville where they will meet both the Tennessee and American Farm Bureau Presidents. Finishing off the first night, the Stars will make a stop at Tennessee FFA Leadership Training Camp in Doyle to make their presentation before fellow FFA members.

 Day two includes a breakfast with Farm Credit Mid-America (FCMA) in Cookeville where the Stars will meet several FCMA leaders, as well as government leaders. Next, they will visit Little Creek Produce and round out their time in Cookeville with a presentation at the Noon Rotary Club. Later that day, the Stars will meet former American Star Farmer and past Tennessee FFA State President, Joe Moore at his farm in Granville before traveling to Memphis.

 Since this award is the highest honor a young agriculturalist can pursue in this organization, a special Star Farmer Reception will be held at Catherine’s family farm, Turner Angus Farm in Covington, Tennessee. The reception will host guests from Catherine’s family members, fellow FFA members and advisors. It is an opportunity for the Covington community to celebrate their Star Farmer. While the Stars are in West Tennessee they will tour Graceland, and visit Thompson Machinery. Plus, the group will visit Century Farm Winery in Jackson and Tosh Farms in Henry to conclude the tour.

 FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education. Nationally, there are 649,355 FFA members, aged 12-21. The Tennessee FFA Association is comprised of 14,084 members from 214 high school chapters, 7 middle school chapters, and 8 collegiate chapters across the state of Tennessee. To learn more about FFA visit www.tnffa.org.

 
Will Turner Named 2017 Tennessee Star in Placement
Posted By: Jerry Johnson   6/6/2017



COVINGTON FFA MEMBER NAMED STATE STAR

 COOKEVILLE, TN—Will Turner of the Covington Future Farmers of America (FFA) chapter is Tennessee FFA’s 2017 Star in Agricultural Placement. The Star in Agricultural Placement is considered one of the highest awards in the state bestowed on an FFA member. Star recognition is awarded to the top students in five areas who best demonstrate superior Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) projects, a requirement for all FFA members. His SAE project is outdoor recreation.

Will works on his family’s 60 acre hunting preserve, Turner Game Birds. He is responsible for guiding the hunts and helping with the day to day operations of the business. Will was an active FFA member serving as chapter treasurer and was a National Finalist with his Outdoor Recreation Proficiency.

 For his achievement, Will was selected to participate in the weeklong 3rd Annual Tennessee FFA Star Tour presented by Farm Credit Mid-America. The Tennessee FFA Star Tour offers the Stars a platform to share the work from their agricultural projects with supporters across Tennessee. The tour begins in Nashville where the stars will plan their presentation for the week. From there, the Stars will present at a luncheon for the Southern Association of State Departments of Agriculture (SASDA). They will also attend a Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation reception in Cookeville where they will meet both the Tennessee and American Farm Bureau Presidents. Finishing off the first night, the Stars will make a stop at Tennessee FFA Leadership Training Camp in Doyle to make their presentation before fellow FFA members.

 Day two includes a breakfast with Farm Credit Mid-America (FCMA) in Cookeville where the Stars will meet several FCMA leaders, as well as government leaders. Next, they will visit Little Creek Produce and round out their time in Cookeville with a presentation at the Noon Rotary Club. Later that day, the Stars will meet former American Star Farmer and past Tennessee FFA State President, Joe Moore at his farm in Granville before traveling to Memphis.

 Days three and four will be spent in West Tennessee as the Stars tour Graceland, visit and tour Thompson Machinery and stop at Star Farmer Catherine Turner’s farm (Turner Angus Farm) for a Star Farmer Reception. Plus, the group will visit Century Farm Winery in Jackson and Tosh Farms in Henry to conclude the tour.

 FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education. Nationally, there are 649,355 FFA members, aged 12-21. The Tennessee FFA Association is comprised of 14,084 members from 214 high school chapters, 7 middle school chapters, and 8 collegiate chapters across the state of Tennessee. To learn more about FFA visit www.tnffa.org.

 
Covington FFA Wins State Nursery/Landscape Championships
Posted By: Jerry Johnson   6/6/2017


From L to R: Nathan Oliver, Ashli Ford, Noah Gamble, and Pete Walker


The Covington FFA rocked the competition recently at the 2017 State Nursery/Landscape Championships that were held on the campus of Tennessee State University.  Leading the way was Nathan Oliver, who finished as the 2nd high individual in the state, followed by Pete Walker, who finished as the 3rd high individual in the state.  The team was challenged by identifying 75 different plant species that are grown and used in a nursery or landscape setting, a written customer assistance practicum, team activity with oral presentation where the team had to develop a landscaping plan for a commercial business, and a written exam over the nursery and landscape industries.  The team will move on to nationals, where they will compete this fall at the 90th  National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana.  The chapter is very proud of their hard work and dedication, and the tutelage that Mr. Cole has given this fine team. 
 
Covington FFA Wins Regional Nursery Championship
Posted By: Jerry Johnson   4/25/2017


From L to R: Noah Gamble, Pete Walker, Nathan Oliver, and Ashli Ford

The Covington FFA recently competed at the 2017 Tennessee Nursery/Landscape Competition, where the students placed 1st in Tennessee.  The team will move on to the national finals this fall in Indianapolis as a part of the 90th National FFA Convention.  Team members had to develop a landscape plan, identify 50, plant species, tool identification in the nursery and landscape industry, and take a test on landscape knowledge.  Good luck to this fine group at the national contest!


 
2017 State Runners-Up in Poultry Judging
Posted By: Jerry Johnson   4/25/2017


From L to R: Mr. Johnson, Elisha Spitler, Quentin Morris, Jonathan Merrell, and Rallie Williams

The Covington FFA recently finished as the 2017 State Runners-Up at the State Poultry Contest held at Tennessee Tech University.  The team competed against 31 other high schools across the state.  Team members had to evaluate broilers, hens, carcass grading, ready to cook carcass, interior eggs, exterior eggs, bone-in poultry products, and boneless poultry products.  The team also had to take a knowledge exam on the poultry industry.  Congratulations to these guys for all of their hard work and dedication. 
 
Covington FFA Transforms State FFA Convention
Posted By: Jerry Johnson   4/16/2017
The Covington FFA transformed the State FFA Convention into a convention to remember.  The chapter began the trip on March 25th by driving across the state to Gatlinburg.  The chapter on Sunday toured Cherokee, North Carolina in addition to touring the Great Smokey Mountains.  On Sunday afternoon, the chapter attended the Dixie Stampede along with over 1000 different FFA members from across the state.  The chapter got to watch the West TN State Vice President Sam Daniel (CHS Graduate 2015) give a motivational speech for the week ahead.  On Monday morning during the 1st session, the chapter was recognized for having a State Superior Chapter, a 100% chapter, a 10% membership increase chapter, a National Gold Chapter, and also the Platinum PLOW Award.  During the second session in the afternoon, the chapter was recognized for having two state winning teams (Dairy Foods-National Bronze and Poultry-National Silver) along with a state runner up in Environmental and Natural Resources Management.  During the third session on Monday night, the chapter was recognized by having a state officer candidate, Mr. Ryan Wick, who is a senior at Covington High School.  During the fourth session on Tuesday morning the chapter begin to rock the convention center.  The group brought home state winning proficiency awards in the following: Bailey Black in Agriculture Mechanics, Catherine Turner in Beef Production, Hannah Turner in Diversified Livestock, Ashli Ford in Food Science and Technology, and Steven Sartain in Agriculture Science Integrated Systems. Also, Will Turner was selected as the 2017 Tennessee Star in Placement, and will receive $2000 for his efforts in addition to more scholarship opportunities.  During the 5th session on Tuesday afternoon, the chapter had two students place as Tennessee state runner-ups in the Agriculture Science Fair, and they included Averi Cole in Social Systems and Ashli Ford in Food Systems.   Steven Sartain placed 4th in the state with his project in Natural Resource Systems.  The chapter also had three more state wining proficiency awards in the following: Ryan Wick in Landscape Management, Nick Kellum in Outdoor Recreation, and Nathan Oliver in Vegetable Production.  The chapter also had three state runner-ups in the proficiency program and they include Averi Cole in Home and Community Development, Laura Burns in Nursery Operations, and Sarah Kate Poole in Swine Production.  The chapter found out that Catherine Turner placed 3rd in the state in Job Interview, and that the Marketing Plan team of Steven Sartain, Payton Anderson, and Will Turner were the Regional Runner-Ups.  The chapter also had three students receive a scholarship in the 5th session from the Tennessee FFA Foundation, and they were Catherine Turner, Will Turner, and Nathan Oliver.  Last, but certainly not least, the chapter got to watch one its own retire from the State FFA Assocation, as Sam Daniel retired from his West TN State Vice-President Position with the speech "The Ultimate Road Trip." During the 6th session, Catherine Turner was recognized with the pinnacle of awards in the Tennessee FFA Association, as she was recognized as the 2017 Tennessee State Farmer.  Catherine will receive $2500 and have the opportunity to receive even more scholarship monies.  During the 7th session, the chapter had 9 students to earn their state FFA degrees, and they are as follows: Bailey Black, Ashli Ford, Madison Miller, Catherine Turner, Will Turner, Brooklyn Terry, Laura Burns, Greg Mullins, and Ryan Wick.  It was by far the greatest convention that this agriculture instructor could remember, and it could not be accomplished with the support of the faculty and administration at Covington High School, Mr. Harvey Witherington and Mrs. Denise Shires, and the Tipton County Board of Education and School Board.  The chapter hopes to transform all of this success into the future as a new group of inspired agriculturists begin their FFA career at Covington High School. 
 
State Runner-Ups in Food Science
Posted By: Jerry Johnson   4/15/2017


From L to R: Will Turner, Nathan Oliver, Ashli Ford, and Greg Mullins

The Covington FFA recently placed as the 2017 State Runner-Ups at the State Food Science Contest that was held on the campus of UT-Knoxville.  Students were evaluated on their test skills of food science, had to identify aromas and complete several test triangles, had to identify chemical, physical, and biological food safety issues, and also had a team presentation where the students had to come up with their own food product and meet the scenario that the judges were evaluating. The students created "red, white, and butter" which is a very American product for butters in local restaurants.  The team did a great job with the the strawberry, cheesecake, and blueberry butter, along with some "American" props,  The chapter is very proud of their efforts in this fairly new competition across the state of Tennessee. 
 
Regional Runner-Ups for Covington FFA Poultry Squad
Posted By: Jerry Johnson   4/15/2017


From L to R: Jonathan Merrell, Rallie Williams, Quentin Morris, Laura Burns, Tyler Duffin, and Elisha Spitler

The Covington FFA recently placed as the 2017 Regional Runner-Ups at the West TN Poultry Judging Competition held at the Obion County Fairgrounds in Union City, Tennessee.  By placing in the Top 4, the team will move on to the state finals that will be held April 22nd at Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville.  Team members had to test their knowledge on broiler placement, hen placement, carcass grading and evaluation, interior eggs, exterior eggs, poultry parts, bone-in products, and boneless poultry products.  The team is thankful for Tyson for sponsoring the event for all of the chapters in West Tennessee. 

 
Covington FFA Does Well at Agriculture Mechanics
Posted By: Jerry Johnson   4/15/2017


Front Row from L to R: Mr. Johnson, Nick Kellum, Eli Patrick, Nathan Oliver, Bailey Black, Will Turner, and Mrs. Flanagan

Back Row from L to R: Elisha Spitler, Ryan Wick, John Travis Turner, Greg Mullins, Hays Honeycutt, and Jesse Bryant

The Covington FFA had a great day at the West TN Agriculture Mechanics competitions held recently at Haywood County High School.  The Lower Agriculture Mechanics team finished 1st in West Tennessee after having an outstanding day against 12 other high schools in the region.  Team members are Hays Honeycutt, Jesse Bryant, John Travis Turner, and Eli Patrick.  Team members competed in stud assembly, electrical wiring, tool identification, and small engine identification.  The Upper Agricutlure Mechanics team also had a good day, as they finished 6th in the region.  Team members were Nick Kellum, Will Turner, Nathan Oliver, Bailey Black, Ryan Wick, Greg Mullins, and Elisha Spitler.  Team members competed in mig welding, three-way switch wiring project, rafter assembly, and land measuring.  Congratulations to all of these young men on their hard work and dedication. 
 
Covington FFA Shines in Speaking Competitions
Posted By: Jerry Johnson   3/7/2017


From L to R: Ryan Wick, Averi Cole, Catherine Turner, and John Travis Turner

The Covington FFA recently competed in the West TN Speaking Competitions that were held at Crockett County High School. The chapter had some fabulous speakers in 2017, and their hard work and dedication really showed against some very strong competition.  In the Job Interview Contest, Catherine Turner placed 1st in the District and 1st in West Tennessee and will move on to the state finals in Gatlinburg at the end of March.  In the Extemporaneous Public Speaking Contest, Averi Cole placed 1st in the District and 3rd in West Tennessee. In the FFA Creed Contest, John Travis Turner placed 1st in the District and 6th in West Tennessee.  In the Prepared Public Speaking Contest, Ryan Wick placed 2nd in the District and 9th in West Tennessee.  Congratulations again for all that you do each day to make the Covington FFA chapter a great chapter.
 
Catherine Turner Name West TN Star Farmer
Posted By: Jerry Johnson   2/7/2017


Catherine Turner was recently selected as the 2017 West Tennessee Star Farmer at the West Tennessee Star Competition that was held at Peabody High School on February 2nd.  Catherine was selected not only for her hard work and dedication in the classroom, in the FFA, but most importantly for her work in her supervised agricultural experience project in beef production entrepreneurship. At the end of 2016, Catherine owned ten cows, ten calves, three yearlings, and two bulls.  Catherine have been blessed to be a part of the cattle industry since she was born, and she has never taken the opportunities for granted.  Turner Angus Farm established in 1933 located in Covington, Tennessee which has been in their family for four generations.  Catherine will represent West Tennessee at the state finals in Gatlinburg at the end of March, where she will be competing against the Middle Tennessee and East Tennessee Star Farmer candidates to determine who will become the 2017 Tennessee Star Farmer.   
 
Will Turner Name West TN Star in Agriculture Placement
Posted By: Jerry Johnson   2/7/2017


Will Turner was recently selected as the 2017 West TN Star in Agriculture Placement at the West Tennessee Star Competition held on February 2nd at Peabody High School.  Will was selected for this prestigious award based on his experiences in the classroom, in the FFA, but most importantly on his supervised agricultural experience project.  Will has been working for several years at Turner Game Birds, which is a pheasant, quail, and chucker hunting preserve in Covington, Tennessee.  Will helps with the German short hair pointers, he helps feeds and waters the birds and dogs, prepares for the upcoming hunts, assists in the guiding of the hunt, and helps with the processing of the birds after the hunt is complete.  Will will now move on to the state finals at the end of March, where he will be against the Middle and East Tennessee representative respectively to determine who will be the 2017 Tennessee Star in Placement.  

 
Covington FFA Moves on to State Finals in Livestock Judging in FFA and in 4H
Posted By: Jerry Johnson   11/15/2016


Front Row (Left To Right): Brooklyn Terry, Catherine Turner, Olivia Perry, Brianna Reed
Back Row (Left To Right): Nathan Oliver, John Travis Turner, Will Turner, John Hartsfield, and Keon Reed

The Livestock Judging team had a very successful November.  On November 3rd, the team traveled to the University of Tennessee at Martin to compete in the West Tennessee FFA Livestock Judging Career Development Event.  The team finished 3rd out of 31 teams, and will move on to the state finals next September in Nashville.  On November 10th, the team traveled to Triple P Arena in Parsons, Tennessee and finished 4th and 7th in the 4H Western Region out of 28 teams, and will move on to the state finals next June at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.  Livestock Judging consists of students evaluating and judging breeding heifers, bulls, market steers, market lambs, commercial ewes, breeding gilts, market hogs, market goats, and breeding does.  The students are also required to field questions on particular classes, have to give 3 sets of oral reasons on the classes, and had to complete a keep/cull activity on Angus bulls.  The chapter would like to thank Turner Angus Farms, Turner Club Lambs, and Flanagan Farms for helping out the students to reach their full potential.  
 
Covington FFA Earns National Bronze at National FFA Convention
Posted By: Jerry Johnson   11/15/2016


Left to Right:  Steven Sartain, Laura Burns, Hannah Miller, and Alex Daniel

The Covington FFA recently competed in the National Milk Quality and Products Career Development Event at the National FFA Convention, where the team earned a National Bronze Award.  The team had two members (Alex Daniel and Laura Burns) earn a National Silver Medal, and two members earn a National Bronze Medal (Steven Sartain and Hannah Miller).  The team competed in identifying and grading different types of milk, cheese, cheese characteristics, problem solving activities in the dairy industry, performing the California mastitis test, and fat content of milk.  The chapter is extremely proud of how they represented CHS and the great Volunteer state.  
 
Covington FFA Finishes 12th in the Nation in Poultry Judging
Posted By: Jerry Johnson   11/15/2016


Left to Right: Will Turner, Kate Armstrong, Ashli Ford, and Greg Mullins

Recently, the Covington FFA competed in the National Poultry Career Development Event as the representative for Tennessee. The team had an amazing run, as they finish 12th in the nation out of 44 states.  The team had to evaluate broilers, hens, interior eggs, exterior eggs, carcass grading, ready to cook placing, bone-in products, and boneless poultry products.  The team also had to give two sets of oral reasons on broilers and carcass placings, compete in a test on the poultry industry, and have to compete in a team activity.  The chapter is super proud of how hard this team has worked in 2016 representing both CHS and Tennessee in such a positive matter.   
 
Covington FFA Moving On to State
Posted By: Jerry Johnson   10/8/2016


Front Row (L to R): Alex Daniel, Steven Sartain, and Corbin Coughlain
Middle Row (L to R): Tyler Duffin, John Travis Turner, Catherine Turner
Back Row (L to R): Kenneth Parr, Ryan Wick, Nathan Oliver, and Will Turner

The Covington FFA has had an outstanding soil judging season this past month.  On September 27th the team went to Lexington High School to compete in the West Tennessee Soils Invitational Contest, where the chapter won 1st place out of 39 teams.  On October 4th, the team competed in the West Tennessee Soils Contest at Ames Plantation in Grand Junction, Tennessee.  The chapter won 1st place in the 4H contest out of 32 teams, with Steven Sartain leading all students in the contest with a 348, and John Travis Turner being the 2nd high individual in the contest with a 346.  Other team members on the Tipton County 4H team include Kenneth Parr, Alex Daniel, Corbin Coughlain, and Tyler Duffin. On the FFA side, the chapter was 3rd in the region out of 27 teams and will also be advancing to the state finals.  Catherine Turner lead the group with a 331 out of 400.  Other team members are Nathan Oliver, Will Turner, and Ryan Wick.  Both teams will move on to the state finals in Cookeville, Tennessee at Tennessee Tech University, with the opportunity of both teams earning a chance to compete in Oklahoma at the National Finals.  Soil judging involves students determine the texture, rooting depth, soil erosion, available water holding capacity of the soil, drainage, slope, crop yields, land capability classes, homesites, and have to recommend farming practices to the different types of soils.

 
Covington FFA Excels in Agriculture Sales CDE
Posted By: Jerry Johnson   10/8/2016


From L to R: Madison Miller, Averi Cole, Catherine Turner, and Ryan Wick

The Covington FFA recently finished 2nd in the District and 3rd in the Region in the West Tennessee Agriculture Sales Competition.  Each team member completed an individual interview, a team sales presentation, and a test on the sales industry.  This year the team sold John Deere balers and did a really great job!
 
Covington FFA Finishes 4th in the State in Livestock Judging
Posted By: Jerry Johnson   10/7/2016


From L to R: Will Turner, Catherine Turner, Sarah Kate Poole, and Nathan Oliver

The Covington FFA recently finished 4th in the state at the 2016 Tennessee State Livestock Judging Contest that was held in Nashville.  The team was challenged by judging breeding heifers, market steers, breeding gilts, market hogs, market lambs, commercial ewes, and market goats.  The team also had to complete two sets of oral reasons and complete a test on livestock general knowledge.  Congratulations on a great job!
 
Covington FFA are the 2016 State Dairy Foods Champions
Posted By: Jerry Johnson   10/7/2016


Front (L to R): Tyler Duffin, Ashli Ford, Laura Burns, Hannah Miller
Back (L to R): Steven Sartain, Alex Daniel

Through hard work and dedication, the Covington FFA Dairy Food team recently placed 1st in the state at the 2016 Dairy Foods Competition that was held at the Tennessee State Fair.  The team was challenged to identify milk flavors, grading milk, identifying different types of cheese, cheese characteristics, fat content, and had to take a knowledge on the dairy products industry.  The team will move on to the Nationals in October in Indiana.  The chapter is very proud of the group and how hard they have worked to achieve their goals.  
 
Covington FFA Wins District at Dairy Judging
Posted By: Jerry Johnson   9/3/2016


From Left to Right: Ryan Wick, Nathan Oliver, Averi Cole, Jesse Bryant, Audyra Williams, Brooklyn Terry, Madison Miller

Congratulations to the Covington FFA who finished 1st in the District and 6th in West Tennessee today at the West Tennessee Dairy Judging Competition that was recently held in Paris, Tennessee.  The team was challenged with taking a dairy knowledge exam, placing Jersey heifers and cows, and saying oral reasons on two sets of Jersey cows.  The team did extremely well and is looking forward to competing next year on a regional level.  
 
Turner National Finalist in Outdoor Recreation
Posted By: Jerry Johnson   9/3/2016


INDIANAPOLIS (August, 2016/National FFA Organization) – The National FFA Organization announced today that Will Robert Turner of Aldrich was selected as a national finalist for the National FFA Proficiency Award in Outdoor Recreation - Entrepreneurship/Placement. Turner is one of only four people chosen to compete for this award at the national finals to be held this October during the 89th National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis.

The proficiency awards recognize outstanding student achievement in agribusiness gained through establishment of a new business, working for an existing company or otherwise gaining hands-on career experience. The Outdoor Recreation - Entrepreneurship/Placement award is one of 47 proficiency program areas FFA members can participate in to develop valuable experience and leadership skills at the local, state and national levels. (A description of each proficiency area is attached.)

Turner, a member of the Covington FFA Chapter, became eligible for the national award after winning the Tennessee state FFA competition earlier this year. In recognition of being a finalist, each of the four finalists will receive a plaque and $500. The national winner of the Outdoor Recreation - Entrepreneurship/Placement Award will receive an additional $500 during a special ceremony at the National FFA Convention & Expo.


 

 
CHS FFA Transforms at Leadership Camp
Posted By: Jerry Johnson   8/7/2016


Front Row (L to R): Laura Burns, Catherine Turner, CJ Cunningham, Peyton Anderson, Averi Cole, Ashli Ford, and Madison Miller
Back Row (L to R): Bailey Black, Tyler Rowland, Nathan Oliver, Nick Kellum, Will Turner, JR Bryant, Ryan Wick, John Hartsfield, Jesse Bryant, and Jon Travis Turner


The Covington FFA had an amazing week at FFA Camp from July 18th-22th on the beautiful banks of the Caney Fork River in Van Buren County, Tennessee.  The chapter was well represented, with 16 of the 17 members earning an outstanding leader certificate in the week.  The chapter was also did well in several categories, as Averi Cole finished 2nd in the Individual Quiz Bowl and 3rd in the Extemporaneous Public Speaking competitions.  The chapter had 5 students receive a Gold Outstanding Leader Certificate, and also several members received a best athlete and best sport awards.  Overall, the chapter finished 2nd overall for the week and was also in 2nd place for the best officer team.  The chapter is excited about the upcoming school year and is ready to transform our chapter into the best that it can be.  
 
CHS FFA Conquers the Outdoors
Posted By: Averi Cole   6/6/2016

Covington FFA Forestry Team L to R: Greg Mullins, Tyler Rowland, Bailey Black, Ashli Ford, and Ryan Wick


Covington FFA Environmental Team L to R: Jeffrey Sartain, Nathan Oliver, Cj Cunningham, Kate Armstrong, Will Turner, and Jerry Johnson

The Covington FFA Forestry and Environmental teams competed on June 3rd and 4th at Camp Clements. The chapter did outstanding as the forestry team placed 2nd in West TN and 5th in Tennessee, and the Environmental team placed 1st in West TN and 2nd in Tennessee. The forestry team members were Ryan Wick, Tyler Rowland, Bailey Black, and Ashli Ford; Greg Mullins was an alternate. In addition, Bailey and Greg also learned directly about the forestry industry at Forestry Camp at Fall Creek Falls. The Forestry team completed a group and individual test, identified trees and forestry tools, measured trees, used a compass, and interpreted a map. The environmental team members were Nathan Oliver, Cj Cunningham, Kate Armstrong, and Will Turner. The team participated in a team event analyzing an ecosystem, identified various types of equipment, wildlife, and plants, and completed a test. The chapter is very proud of how these teams performed at the state contests. 
 
CHS FFA Installs New Officers
Posted By: Averi Cole   5/26/2016


Left to Right: Brooklyn Terry, Ashli Ford, Will Turner, Averi Cole, Madison Miller, Ryan Wick, Nathan Oliver, Catherine Turner. (Not Pictured: Steven Sartain)

On May 10th, 2016, the Covington FFA held its annual awards banquet. The chapter celebrated the achievements of the members and officers during the school year, including winning Chapter of the Week at Camp Clements, the Dairy Foods and Poultry Judging team competing at Nationals, and the Poultry Judging State Champions. In addition, the chapter had many achievements at both the regional and state levels. The chapter also honored SAE activity, including agriscience fair projects and proficiency winners. Four of the 2015-2016 chapter officers retired, including Hannah Turner, Sarah Kate Poole, Cj Cunningham, and Tyler Rowland. To conclude the night, the 2016-2017 chapter officers were announced and installed into their offices. The officer team is as follows: Ashli Ford, Historian; Brooklyn Terry, Sentinel; Steven Sartain, Reporter; Will Turner, Treasurer; Averi Cole, Secretary; Madison Miller, Community Vice-President; Nathan Oliver, Chapter Vice-President; Ryan Wick, Student Vice-President; Catherine Turner, President. The Officer Team is looking forward to a great year and will begin their experience as a team at Tennessee FFA Leadership Camp in July and will be planning events for the school year at the annual officer retreat.
 
Covington FFA Places 3rd at State Mechanics Contest
Posted By: Jerry Johnson   5/2/2016


From L to R: Ryan Wick, Nick Kellum, Austin Slaughter, Tyler Rowland, and Mr. Johnson

The Covington FFA recently finished 3rd in the state at the 2016 Tennessee Agriculture Mechanics Competition held at Tennessee State University.  Team members were challenged to complete skills in electricity,  rafter construction, surveying, general tractor knowledge, switch and receptacle, and chemical properties in diesel engines.  The students also had to complete both math examinations dealing with agriculture mechanics and a written test.  While a challenging day, the team did extremely well and was in the hunt for the title for most of the day.  
 
Covington FFA Shines at Regionals and State Nursery
Posted By: Jerry Johnson   5/2/2016


From Left to Right: Nathan Oliver, CJ Cunningham, Averi Cole, and Sarah Kate Poole

The Covington FFA Nursery and Landscaping team had an awesome run this past month.  On April 14th, the team was declared the West Tennessee Regional Champions at the Regional Competition held at Liberty High School.  All four were in the top 10 individually, with Nathan Oliver leading the squad by being the high individual in West Tennessee.  The success continued on to the state championships, that were held April 30th at Tennessee State University.  The team once again was ranked first in the region and placed 3rd in the state overall.  The Nursery and Landscaping competition is a challenging one, in which the CDE ask students to identify 50 nursery and landscaping plants out of a possible 215, a landscaping design plan, a propagating practicum, a job interview, a landscaping estimate problem, a team activity, and individual exams.  The chapter is super proud of these hard working students for their accomplishments.
 
Covington FFA Has Strong Showing at Food Science
Posted By: Jerry Johnson   5/2/2016


From L to R: Greg Mullins, Will Turner, Kate Armstrong, and Ashli Ford

The Covington FFA recently competed in the Tennessee State Food Science Career Development at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.  The team was the regional champions from West Tennessee and also placed 4th in the state.  The team had to develop a new dairy dessert product, determine biological, chemical, and physical issues with food and food safety, and had to take a written knowledge over the food science industry.  The team had a great time and is looking forward to returning next year.

 
Covington FFA Regional Runner-Ups at Forestry
Posted By: Jerry Johnson   5/2/2016





From L to R: Ryan Wick, Tyler Rowland, Bailey Black, Ashli Ford, Madison Miller, and Mr. Johnson


The Covington FFA recently competed in the 2016 West Tennessee Regional Forestry Competition at Natchez Trace State Park.  The team competed in individual skills such as azimuth reading, topographical mapping, tree identification, tree measuring, and forestry tool and equipment identification.  The team finished as the regional runner-ups and will move on to the state finals this June at Camp Clements in Doyle, Tennessee.  
 
Covington FFA Wins Back to Back State Poultry Championships
Posted By: Jerry Johnson   4/16/2016


From L to R: Mr Johnson, Greg Mullins, Ashli Ford, Mycal Bandy, Will Turner, and Kate Armstrong

The Covington FFA had an awesome week has they competed at both the regional poultry contest at Union City and the state championships on the campus of Tennessee Tech University.  On Tuesday, the team placed 1st in West Tennessee at the regionals.  Individually, Will Turner was the high individual in West Tennessee, Ashli Ford was 3rd, Kate Armstrong was 5th and Greg Mullins was 6th in the region. Mycal Bandy was also the high individual for the alternate group.  On Saturday, the group continued their winning ways by winning the state championships in an extremely close contest, as the group edged out Anderson County of East Tennessee by 15 points.  Individually, Kate Armstrong was the high individual in the entire state of Tennessee and Greg Mullins was 5th in Tennessee.  The group will be moving on to the national competition this fall in Indianapolis, where they will be competing against other state winners for the right to become the national poultry champions. 
 
Covington FFA Stealing the Show at State Convention
Posted By: Jerry Johnson   3/27/2016


Front Row (L to R): Alex Daniel, Molly Flanagan, Catherine Turner, Averi Cole, Nathan Oliver, Kate Armstrong, Bailey Black, Sarah Kate Poole, and Ashli Ford

Back Row (L to R): Steven Sartain, Kevin Pilkington, Ryan Wick, Phillip Langlois, Tyler Rowland, Nick Kellum, and Will Turner

The Covington FFA had a convention to remember from March 20-23 in the beautiful Smoky Mountains in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.  The chapter started off the first session by receiving the Camp Clements Award (for winning week 6 of FFA camp),  the state superior chapter award, the 2015 National Gold Chapter Award, and the Platium PLOW Award.  The chapter was recognized during the second session for having the 2015 winning Poultry and Dairy Foods teams in the state.  Team members were Kevin Pilkington, Tyler Rowland, Ryan Wick, Phillip Langlois, Nathan Oliver, and Kate Armstrong.  The chapter also competed in the state finals of the Ag Sales competition were they finished as the 2016 State Runner-Ups.  Team members were Averi Cole, Madison Miller, Catherine Turner, and Ryan Wick.  On Tuesday, the chapter was recognized for having 12 state winners in different proficiency award areas, which is a record for our FFA Chapter.  Individual winners include the following: Sam Wauford in Agriculture Mechanics, Sarah Kate Poole in Agriculture Sales, Tyler Rowland in Agriculture Science Plant Systems, Catherine Turner in Beef Production, Molly Flanagan in Diversified Crop Production, Hayden Kirkdoffer in Environmental and Natural Resources Management, Alex Daniel in Fruit Production, Sam Daniel in Home and Community Development, Will Turner in Outdoor Recreation, Hannah Turner in Sheep Production, Nick Kellum in Vegetable Production, and Steven Sartain in Wildlife Management.  The chapter also had 2 state runner-ups in their proficiency award area, and they were Kevin Pilkington in Agriculture Mechanics Design and Fabrication and Ryan Wick in Landscape Management.  Also, on Tuesday the chapter had two individuals compete in the stars program, which is one of the highest awards that an individual can earn in the association.  Tyler Rowland finished 2nd in the state in the Star in Agriculture Science Program, and Hannah Turner finished 2nd in the state in the Star in Agriculture Placement Program, which are awesome achievements! The chapter also had three students compete in the agricutlure science fair, with Tyler Rowland competing in Plant Systems, Steven Sartain in Environmental and NRM Systems, and CJ Cunningham competing in Social Systems.  CJ Cunningham finished 1st in the state in her science fair project and will move on to nationals along with the other 12 state winners. On Tuesday night, Hannah Turner received the Ted Turner Scholarship award presented by the Tennessee FFA Foundation.  On Wednesday morning, the chapter had 9 students receive their State FFA Degree, and they are the following: Kate Armstrong, Kaitlynn Poole, CJ Cunningham, Phillip Langlois, Chase Murray, Tyler Rowland, Molly Flanagan,and Hannah Turner.  Also the chapter had its very own Sam Daniel elected as the 2016-2017 West Tennessee Vice-President for the Tennessee FFA.  Sam will serve the next year traveling across Tennessee and to other students as a servant leader for the FFA.  We are beyond blessed to have a great support group at Covington High School, parents, and community members for helping these young people amplify their dreams.  
 
Covington FFA Advances to State in Mechanics
Posted By: Jerry Johnson   3/27/2016


Front Row: (L to R) Mr. Johnson, Austin Slaughter, Bailey Black, Abbey Locke, Tanner Bearden, Tucker Roach, Matthew Amacker, and Mrs. Flanagan

Back Row: (L to R) Nathan Oliver, Tyler Rowland, Nick Kellum, Octravius Lewis, Ryan Wick, Greg Mullins, Will Turner, Johnathan Lewis, and John Hartsfield

The Covington FFA had an outstanding afternoon as they competed in both the West Tennessee Lower and Upper Agriculture  Mechanics competitions at Haywood County High School.  The Upper team placed 2nd in West Tennessee and will move on to the state finals on April 30th at Tennessee State University.  Individually, Tyler Rowland and Nick Kellum placed 2nd in differential leveling, Ryan Wick placed 2nd in arc welding, Austin Slaughter placed 3rd in truss construction, and Nathan Oliver placed 6th in the switch and receptacle wiring project.  The Lower team also had a strong afternoon, as they finished 6th in West Tennessee.  Individually, John Hartsfield finished 4th in wiring, Tanner Bearden finished 4th in stud assembly, Matthew Amacker finished 9th in tool identification, and Tucker Roach finished 10th in small engine identification. 


 
Covington FFA Fares Well at Speaking
Posted By: Averi Cole   2/17/2016

Back Row (L to R): Ryan Wick, Sarah Poole, Tyler Rowland, Madison Miller
Front Row (L to R): Averi Cole, Catherine Turner, CJ Cunningham

Covington FFA recently had individuals and a quiz bowl team compete at the Regional Competition at Crockett County High School. The Quiz Bowl team did extremely well. Team members were Ryan Wick, Tyler Rowland, CJ Cunningham, and Madison Miller. Sarah Poole competed in Prepared Public Speaking and placed 2nd in the district and 6th in West Tennessee. Catherine Turner competed in Job Interview and placed 3rd in the district and 4th in West Tennessee. Averi Cole competed in Extemporaneous Public Speaking and finished 2nd in the district and 2nd in West Tennessee, and she will compete at the state championship in March at Tennessee FFA State Convention in Gatlinburg. The chapter is very proud of the team and individuals and can't wait to see what the future holds for them. 
 
Covington FFA Competes at Murray State Invitational
Posted By: Jerry Johnson   2/2/2016


Front Row (L to R): Sarah Kate Poole, Molly Flanagan, Catherine Turner, and Averi Cole
Back Row (L to R): Tyler Rowland, Hannah Turner, and Ryan Wick

The Covington FFA recently had students compete at the Murray State Speaking Invitational as the speakers prepare for the upcoming competition in a couple of weeks. Averi Cole competed in Extemporaneous Speaking, Ryan Wick and Sarah Kate Poole competed in Prepared Public Speaking, and Catherine Turner competed in Job Interview.  Molly Flanagan competed in the West TN Star in Agriculture Business, where she finished 3rd in the region.  Tyler Rowland competed in the West TN Star in Agriculture Science, where he finished 1st in the region.  Hannah Turner competed in the West TN Star in Agriculture Business, where she finished 1st in the region.  
 
2016 West TN Star in Agriculture Science
Posted By: Jerry Johnson   2/2/2016


Congratulations to Tyler Rowland, who was recently selected as the 2016 West Tennessee Star in Agriculture Science.  Tyler completed a science project studying sorghum varieties and how they can beneficial to the farmer in our area.  Tyler is currently a senior at Covington High School and serves as the Treasurer of the Covington FFA.  Tyler is very active in the chapter where he has been on the state winning Poultry and Dairy Foods team, and has also participated in Land, Agriculture Mechanics, Parliamentary Procedure, and Forestry teams.  Good luck to Tyler as he competes this spring at the State Convention against a representative from both Middle Tennessee and East Tennessee to be the 2016 Tennessee State Star in Agriculture Science. 
 
2016 West TN Star in Placement
Posted By: Jerry Johnson   2/2/2016


Congratulations to Hannah Turner, who was selected as the 2016 West TN Star in Placement at Peabody High School on January 28th.  Hannah has a very diverse supervised agriculture experience program, which consists of equine, sheep, diversified livestock, and working with the veterinarian Dr. English in Atoka.  Hannah is currently serving as the President of the Covington FFA Chapter, where she is active in Livestock Judging, Horse Judging, Vet-Science CDE, Marketing Plan, and Farm Business Management competitions.  Hannah will be competing in March for the State Star in Placement against a representative from Middle Tennessee and a representative from East Tennessee.  Good luck Hannah!
 
Covington FFA Amazes at Horse Judging
Posted By: Averi Cole   1/30/2016
The Covington FFA Horse Judging team competed at UT Martin on January 26, 2016. The team placed first in the district and fourth overall in the region. Team members were Hannah Turner, Sarah Poole, Ashli Ford, and Laura Burns. This event includes judging four different class of horses, Hunter Under Saddle, Western Pleasures, and two types of Halters, plus giving two sets of oral reasons. The chapter is extremely proud of these outstanding individuals. 
 
Covington FFA Proves at Parliamentary Procedure
Posted By: Averi Cole   12/5/2015

Back row L to R: Bailey Black, Ryan Wick, Nathan Oliver, and Tyler Rowland
Front Row L to R: Aaron Rogers, Averi Cole, Cj Cunningham, Ashli Ford

The Covington FFA Parliamentary Procedure team placed second in the district and third in West Tennessee at Liberty High School on Thursday, December 3rd. Averi was also named Outstanding Secretary in West Tennessee. Team members included Aaron Rogers, Averi Cole, Cj Cunningham, Tyler Rowland, Ryan Wick, and Nathan Oliver. Ashli Ford and Bailey Black were alternates. This is a very challenging competition, where the competitor has to use both mental power and public speaking skills. Team members must display intelligence in taking a parliamentary exam and a Robert's Rules of Order research exam. In addition, the team must perform a mock chapter meeting using correct parliamentary rules. The secretary and chairman of the team must also write minutes on business conducted during the performance. We are very proud of these members who did wonderful in this difficult, but rewarding, event.
 
CHS FFA Boils and Rotates Full Circle at 212/360
Posted By: Averi Cole   11/27/2015
Covington FFA members attended the 212/360 conference located at Camp Clements in Doyle, Tennessee on November 20th-21st. These leadership conferences were made possible by Syngenta and Helena, and the chapter is grateful for the opportunity sponsors like this give us. Averi Cole attended the 212 conference, which is presented to high school freshmen and sophomores. 212 degrees is the temperature at which water boils. This two-day conference focuses on student development and helps FFA members become aware of all aspects of personal growth. Through sessions on mental, emotional, physical, and social growth, the members devised a plan to improve personal growth. Ryan Wick, Cj Cunningham, Nathan Oliver, Tyler Rowland, and Ashli Ford attended the 360 conference, which is given to high school juniors and seniors. 360 degrees makes a full circle, and this conference focuses on chapter leadership. Over two days, the students learn how to become visionary leaders. In various sessions, the members learn to understand healthy-relationship building, trustworthiness, critical decision making, and cooperation. Because of this, the students know how to become an influential leader in their chapter. The chapter is proud of how these leaders are amplifying their capabilities.
 
Covington FFA Has An Amplifying Amazing National Convention
Posted By: Jerry Johnson   11/27/2015


Front Row (L to R): Kayla Fisher, Hannah Turner, Averi Cole, Sarah Kate Poole, Kate Armstrong, CJ Cunningham, Catherine Turner
Back Row (L to R): Chandler Cooper, Mycal Bandy, Steven Sartain, Phillip Langlois, Ryan Wick, Lazarus Amacker, Will Turner, Tyler Rowland, Nathan Oliver, Sam Daniel, Kevin Pilkington, Alex Daniel, and Britney Kellum

The Covington FFA had an outstanding showing at the 88th National FFA Convention in Louisville, Kentucky.  The chapter had 3 national proficiency finalist (one out of 4 in the entire nation for their respective area), and they include Britney Kellum in Agriculture Science Plant Systems, Clayton Dunn in Grain Production, and Catherine Turner in Agriculture Communications.  Even though they did not win the big one, Britney Kellum did win a trip to Costa Rica to learn about international agriculture in the summer of 2016.  The Covington FFA also had two teams compete in national career development events, as they were the state winner in Tennessee in their respective areas.  In Milk Quality and Products, the team earned a National Silver Medal, as they finished 22nd in the Nation.  Kate Armstrong and Nathan Oliver were Silver Medalist individually, and Mycal Bandy and Lazarus Amacker were bronze individually. Kate was fourth in the nation individually in fat content identification. In Poultry Evaluation, the team earned a National Silver Medal, as they finished 27th in the nation.  Tyler Rowland earned a Sliver Medalist, and Ryan Wick, Kevin Pilkington, and Phillip Langlois earned a bronze medal.  The chapter was also recognized for being a 2-star National Chapter Award winner.  The chapter also had two American FFA Degree recipients, which is the highest award that a student can earn individually. These two members were Kayla Fisher and Britney Kellum, who are both sophomores at the University of Tennessee at Martin majoring in agriculture education. Overall the chapter had an amazing experience at the National FFA Convention, and would like to thank the faculty and staff at CHS, our alumni, our parents, and all other parties who are helping these students become the very best that they can be each day. 


 
Regional Runner Up at Livestock Judging
Posted By: Jerry Johnson   11/3/2015


From L to R: Mr. Johnson, Hannah Turner, Catherine Turner, Sarah Kate Poole, and Will Turner

The Covington FFA competed in the West Tennessee Regional Livestock Judging Competition on October 22, 2015 at the University of Tennessee at Martin.  The team placed 1st in the District and 2nd in West Tennessee out of 30 high schools, and will move on to the state championships next September in Nashville.  The team had to evaluate market hogs, breeding gilts, breeding heifers, bulls, market steers, market lambs, commercial ewes, and breeding does.  The team also had to complete a team activity based on Angus breeding heifers and had to complete three sets of oral reasons on cattle, swine, and sheep.  The team is super excited about the opportunity to compete at state with a opportunity to go to the national competition on the line.  The chapter would like to thank Turner Angus Farms, Turner Club Lambs, EBS Polled Herefords, Flanagan and Daniel Farms, Brighton FFA, and Munford FFA for allowing the group to come and practice livestock evaluation during practice times. 
 
Covington FFA Does Well at Soils
Posted By: Jerry Johnson   10/12/2015


Front Row (L to R): Mr. Johnson, Catherine Turner, Averi Cole, Tyler Duffin, CJ Cunningham, and Nathan Oliver
Back Row (L to R): Tyler Rowland, Ryan Wick, Will Turner, Corbin Coughlain, Alex Daniel, Steven Sartain, and John Hartsfield

The Covington FFA had an outstanding fall with the soil judging competitions.  On September 30th, the team finished 1st in West Tennessee out of 45 teams in the Lexington Soils Invitational. Tyler Rowland lead the group as he was the high individual in the entire contest.  On October 6th, the team finished 2nd in the District and 9th in West Tennessee at the West Tennessee Regional Soils Contest that was held at the University of Tennessee Experiment Station in Jackson.  The 4H team that was composed of Covington FFA members had a great afternoon as well, as they finished 5th in the region.  Overall, the teams did really well and look forward to competing again next fall.  Soil Judging is evaluating the soil texture, drainage, rooting depth, erosion, slope, position of the landscape, available water holding capacity of the soil, determining crop yields, recommending practices for soil conservation, and home-site evaluations. 
 
Covington FFA is Spectacular at Sales
Posted By: Averi Cole   10/4/2015



Pictured L to R: Ryan Wick, Averi Cole, Catherine Turner, Madison Miller

The Covington FFA Agricultural Sales team placed first in West Tennessee at Dyersburg High School on October 3rd. Team members participated in three different activities, which included a team event, an individual sales call, and an exam. The competitors were required to sell different animal antibiotics and vaccinations sponsored by Zoetis. Team members included Madison Miller, Averi Cole, Ryan Wick, and Catherine Turner. Miller was the second high individual in the contest, with Cole coming in fourth, Wick fifth, and Turner sixth. The team will compete in the state championship in March at the annual Tennessee FFA State Convention. The chapter is very proud of these students and how they're amplifying their impact in this outstanding organization. 
 
Covington FFA Finishes 4th in State
Posted By: Jerry Johnson   10/4/2015


From L to R: Mr. Johnson, John Hartsfield, Sarah Kate Poole, CJ Cunningham, Brooklyn Terry, and Will Turner (Not Picture: Kaitlynn Poole)

The Covington FFA had a strong showing at the 2015 Tennessee State Dairy Judging Championships, held recently at the Tennessee State Fair.  The team finished 2nd in West Tennessee and 4th in the State, only losing to the state champion Paris FFA Chapter by 23 points.  Team members had to complete a comprehensive test on dairy judging, had to place 6 classes of dairy cattle, and give 2 sets of oral reasons on those placings.  The chapter is extremely proud of this group for all of their hard work and representing our chapter extremely well.
 
State Dairy Foods Champions
Posted By: Jerry Johnson   9/23/2015


From L to R: Mr. Johnson, Kate Armstrong, Chandler Cooper, Lazarus Amacker, Mycal Bany, Phillip Langlois, and Nathan Oliver (Not Pictured: Tyler Rowland)

The Covington FFA Dairy Foods team recently won the 2015 Tennessee State Dairy Foods Championships that were held at the Tennessee State Fair in Nashville, Tennessee.  There were 34 high schools from across Tennessee competing in the state competition. Team members were challenged by learning how to identify different cheeses and cheese characteristics, identify different milks and grading the milks, identify fat content in different dairy products, and a test based on the dairy foods industry.  By placing 1st in the state, the team will move on to the national competition next month that will be held in Louisville, Kentucky as a part of the National FFA Convention.  Individually, Phillip Langlois finished 1st in the state, Tyler Rowland finished 2nd in the state, Kate Armstrong finished 3rd in the state, and Nathan Oliver finished 6th in the state out of 136 participants. 
 
Covington FFA Advances to State Finals in Dairy Judging
Posted By: Jerry Johnson   9/8/2015


From L to R: Jay Hartsfield, Kaitlynn Poole, CJ Cunningham, Sarah Kate Poole, Brooklyn Terry, and Will Turner

The Covington FFA recently competed in the 2015 West Tennessee Dairy Judging Career Development Event at the University of Tennessee at Martin on Saturday September 5th.  The team had an outstanding afternoon, as they finished 1st in the District and 3rd in West Tennessee out of 18 high schools.  The team will move on to the state finals next Monday in Nashville, Tennessee.  Team members had to evaluate dairy cattle, give two sets of oral reasons on the cattle, and also complete a DHIA team activity.  
 
Covington FFA has 3 National Finalists in Proficiency Awards Program
Posted By: Jerry Johnson   8/17/2015
   


The Covington FFA recently had three students selected to be National Finalist in their respective supervised agriculture experience project areas.  The National FFA only selects 196 students out of 610,000 members, and so for a chapter to have 3 finalist is very impressive.  Clayton Dunn will be competing in Grain Production, Britney Kellum will be competing in Agriculture Communications, and Britney Kellum will be competing in Agriscience Plant Systems.  The chapter is extremely proud of all three and how hard they have worked in each of their respective area.  The students will compete this fall against 3 other finalist in their respective area with students from across the nation at the 88th National FFA Convention in Louisville, Kentucky.  
 
Covington FFA Lives to Serve
Posted By: Averi Cole   7/25/2015


L to R (Back Row) Alex Daniel, Ryan Wick, Tyler Rowland, Molly Flanagan, Hannah Turner, Nathan Oliver, Madison Miller
L to R (Front Row) Sarah Kate Poole, Averi Cole, Catherine Turner, Cj Cunningham

On Friday, July 24th, the Covington FFA officers served their community by visiting Ronald McDonald House and donated can tabs that the Tipton County FFA chapters collected. These can tabs will benefit patients and their families that visit St. Jude Children's Hospital. The officers even paid a visit to St. Jude to visit Hannah Turner's little brother Tripp. The team ate lunch and toured the hospital with Tripp. In addition to these services, the officers had some fun. The team visited Jerry's Sno Cones, Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid, and The Peabody. This experience helped the newly-elected officers bond and "Live to Serve."
 
Covington FFA Succeeds at Camp Clements
Posted By: Averi Cole   7/25/2015

L to R (Back Row) Ryan Wick, Kevin Pilkington, Will Turner, Hayden Kirkdoffer, Steven Sartain, Nick Kellum,Tyler Rowland, Sam Daniel, Nathan Oliver
L to R (Front Row) Hannah Turner, Sarah Kate Poole, Kate Armstrong, Molly Flanagan, Madison Miller, Catherine Turner, Averi Cole, Cj Cunningham

The Covington FFA Chapter was named Outstanding Chapter at Camp Clements Leadership Training Camp for the sixth week. Covington FFA had seventeen members attend camp. Chapter officer teams must be active in officer classes, public speaking classes, the rifle range, an extemporaneous public speaking contest, a camp-wide quiz bowl contest, various sporting events, and have a large sum of their members qualify for the gold leadership award to be considered for the Outstanding Chapter Award. Covington FFA was in competition with 14 other FFA chapters who also attended camp. In addition to winning Outstanding Chapter, Covington FFA member Hannah Turner was elected as Camp Council Secretary. Cj Cunningham was a finalist in the quiz contest, and the quiz bowl team that consisted of Hannah Turner, Tyler Rowland, Averi Cole, and Ryan Wick participated in the competition. Averi also competed in the extemporaneous public speaking competition, where she placed second out of seven other well-prepared competitors. The Covington FFA officers are: President, Hannah Turner; Vice President, Sarah Kate Poole; Vice President, CJ Cunningham; Recording Secretary, Ryan Wick; Corresponding Secretary, Catherine Turner; Alumni Treasurer, Madison Miller; Fundraising Treasurer, Tyler Rowland; Reporter, Averi Cole; Sentinel, Nathan Oliver.


 
Two Bright Covington Stars Shine at Star Tours
Posted By: Averi Cole   6/21/2015


([Left] Commissioner of Agriculture Julius Johnson and Tennessee Star in Agribusiness Sam Daniel) ([Right] Commissioner of Agriculture Julius Johnson and Tennessee Star Greenhand Averi Cole)

 Two outstanding Covington FFA members, Sam Daniel and Averi Cole, got the opportunity to travel across the great Volunteer state on the Inaugural Tennessee FFA Star Tours. Along with the other Stars from the state, Sam and Averi met with leaders and agriculture stakeholders and made great connections. A highlight from the trip was meeting Commissioner of Agriculture Julius Johnson and enjoying dinner with him. The Stars also got to spend the night in the new Bass Pro Shop in Memphis. This Tour was a great way for the Stars to celebrate their achievements and advocate for agriculture. 
 
Tennessee Star Greenhand Explores Washington, D.C.
Posted By: Averi Cole   6/21/2015

(Congressman Stephen Fincher and Tennessee Star Greenhand Averi Cole)


  Covington FFA reporter and Tennessee Star Greenhand Averi Cole attended Washington Leadership Conference June 9th-13th. During this week, Averi participated in many different leadership sessions led by past state and national FFA officers. She also had the opportunity to visit many national monuments, like Arlington National Cemetery, Lincoln Memorial, and Jefferson Memorial. Averi got to explore the Newseum and the National Museum of American History. On Thursday, Averi visited with District 8 Congressman Stephen Fincher. The two discussed agriculture and how many ways the future can affect it. All in all, this conference taught Averi many leadership skills that she will use for the rest of her life and that she will implement in the Covington FFA chapter. 
 
Covington FFA Finishes the Year with Great Success
Posted By: Jerry Johnson   6/14/2015
  

Environmental and NRM Team (Left to Right): Jeffrey Sartain, Steven Sartain, Kaitlynn Poole, Kate Armstrong, CJ Cunningham, Nathan Oliver, and Mr. Johnson

Forestry Team (Left to Right): Mr. Cole, Molly Flanagan, Sarah Kate Poole, Tyler Rowland, Ryan Wick, and Mr. Johnson

The Covington FFA recently competed in the 2015 Tennessee State Forestry Career Development Event and the 2015 Tennessee State Environmental and NRM Career Development Event at Camp Clements in beautiful Doyle, Tennessee pn June 5th and 6th.  The Forestry team finished 1st in the District, 3rd in the Region, and 8th in the state of Tennessee.  The team members had to compete in such skills as tree identification, tree measuring, chainsaw problem solving, compass course, tree disorders, tool and equipment identification, and had to take a general knowledge exam about the forestry industry.  The forestry team also had to compete in team activities with a team test, a team tree identification problem, and a team tree measuring problem.  The Environmental and NRM team members had the opportunity to compete in wildlife idenfication, a gerneal knowledge about wildlife and NRM, and a team activity where students had to identify biotic organisms, abiotic organisms, what type of succession the area was in, what kind of food webs where the area in , and if the eco-system was balanced or not.  The team did extremely well, as they were 1st in the District, 1st in West Tennessee, and 3rd in the state.  The chapter is very proud of these members going all out, and looks forward to the summer and the beginning of livestock exhibtion season. 
 
Down on the Farm Inspires Campers
Posted By: Averi Cole   6/4/2015


Covington FFA's annual Down on the Farm camp was a major success. Lasting from Tuesday, May 26th to Friday, May 29th, the campers got four fun-filled days of learning about the industry of agriculture. On Tuesday, the campers made crafts, interacted with sheep, and learned about farm and equipment safety. On Wednesday, the camp took a trip to the Hatchie River and learned about wildlife and enjoyed a snack. Thursday was a day filled with looking at a variety of livestock while traveling on a hay ride. At the end of the camp, everyone enjoyed a homemade slip 'n slide and a petting zoo. The counselors loved spreading the word of agriculture to future agriculturists and enhancing their leadership skills. Covington FFA believes in the future of agriculture after spending a week with the next generation of FFA members.
 
Covington FFA Celebrates Achievements
Posted By: Averi Cole   5/16/2015
    On Tuesday, May 12th, Covington FFA held its annual banquet at Oak Grove Baptist Church. The banquet celebrates everything the chapter has accomplished this year, including Career Development Events, Supervised Agriculture Experiences, community service, retiring officers, and the installation of the 2015-2016 chapter officers. Highlights included honoring our state winning Poultry Judging and Soil Judging teams, recognizing the Tennessee Star Greenhand and Star in Agribusiness, and the Nationals-bound Proficiency winners. The Sam Daniel, Molly Flanagan, and Hayden Kirkdoffer retired from offices in the chapter, and the members are tremendously proud of everything they've accomplished in their four years. Their presence will be greatly missed, but the chapter is looking forward to see where their journeys take them after high school. To cap off the night, the 2015-2016 Covington FFA officers were announced. The officers are as follows: Chaplain- Alex Daniel, Sentinel- Nathan Oliver, Reporter- Averi Cole, Treasurers- Tyler Rowland and Madison Miller, Secretaries- Ryan Wick and Catherine Turner, Vice Presidents- Sarah Kate Poole and Cj Cunningham, and President- Hannah Turner. The officers and chapter are ready to "GO ALL OUT" and make the upcoming year fantastic.
 
Covington FFA Perserves at Vet-Science
Posted By: Averi Cole   5/14/2015


L to R: Nathan Oliver, Cj Cunningham, Angel Fields, and Hannah Turner

    The Covington FFA Vet-Science team competed on Saturday at UTM. Team members included Nathan Oliver, Cj Cunningham, Angel Fields, and Hannah Turner. The competition included a math test, a general knowledge test, tool ID, breed ID, and parasite ID. The team fared very well, placing 1st in the district, 2nd in West Tennessee, and 12th in the state out of 32 well-prepared teams. The chapter is extremely proud of these outstanding FFA members and how they performed at this challenging competition.
 
Covington FFA Among the Nation's Best
Posted By: Jerry Johnson   5/11/2015


From L to R: Sam Daniel, Tyler Rowland, Molly Flanagan, Sam Wauford, Mr. Johnson

The Covington FFA recently competed at the 2015 National Land Judging Championships in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  The trip was amazing one, where the students got the opportunity to tour the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, an Indian reservation, and all the sights and sounds that are in Oklahoma City.  The group participated in the practice sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday, and on Thursday May 7th headed to El Reno,Oklahoma for the National competiton that was held at Redlands Community College.  The chapter had a phenomenal day, as they finished 6th in the nation for the week, and only 42 points behind the national champions from Texas.  The group would like to thank the faculty at Covington High School, our amazing FFA alumni chapter, and all parties involved in allowing these students to achieve so much in this competition and to represent our school and county to the best of our abilities.
 
Covington FFA Does Well at Forestry
Posted By: Jerry Johnson   4/19/2015


From L to R: Tyler Rowland, Ryan Wick, Sarah Kate Poole, and Molly Flangan

The Covington FFA had an outstanding afternoon as the team placed 1st in the District and 3rd in West Tennessee at the 2015 West Tennessee Forestry Career Development Event at Big Cypress State Park in Greenfield, Tennessee.  The competition consist of the individual completing a compass course, tree measurement assignment, forestry tools, topographical mapping, and tree identification.  By placing 3rd in the region, the team has qualified to move on to the state championships in June at Camp Clements in Doyle, Tennessee.
 
2015 Tennessee State Poultry Champions
Posted By: Jerry Johnson   4/19/2015


From L to R: Mr. Johnson, Chase Murray, Kevin Pilkington, Phillip Langlois, Ryan Wick, and Tyler Rowland

Congratulations to the Covington FFA and the Covington FFA Poultry Team for winning the 2015 Tennessee State Poultry Judging Championships on Saturday April 11th at Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville. The competition consists of the students being able to place a class of broilers and a class of hens, being able to place a class of ready to cook birds, carcass grading, grading interior egg quality, grading exterior egg quality, identification of carcass parts, judging boneless further processed poultry products, and judging bone-in further processed poultry products.  The students also take an individual test and a team test on the poultry industry.  By placing 1st in the state, the team will move on this fall to represent Tennessee in the National FFA Poultry Judging Competition in Louisville, Kentucky.   Individually, Tyler Rowland was the high individual in the entire state contest.  Also individually, Kevin Pilkington was the 2nd high individual in the state, Phillip Langlois was 9th high individual in the state, and Ryan Wick was the 22nd high individual in the state. 
 
Covington FFA Rocks at State Convention
Posted By: Jerry Johnson   4/7/2015


Front Row (Left to Right): Hayden Kirkdoffer, Hannah Turner, Tyler Rowland, Jon-Thom Chaney, Ryan Wick, Kevin Pilkington, Nick Kellum, Brooklyn Terry, Alex Daniel, and Sam Daniel

Back Row (Left to Right): Madison Miller, Averi Cole, Catherine Turner, Sarah Kate Poole, and Molly Flanagan

The Covington FFA had an outstanding showing at the 87th State FFA Convention in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.  The group began the week by attending the Dixie Stampede on Sunday evening in Pigeon Forge along with other sight seeing adventures throughout the Great Smoky Mountains.  On Monday, the chapter was awarded the State Superior Chapter Award, the National Gold Chapter Award, and the PLOW award, which are three of the highest honors that a chapter can receive.  The chapter was well pleased with Averi Cole, who was selected as the 2015 Tennessee Star Greenhand, which is the highest award given to a first year FFA member in the Tennessee FFA Association. Averi Cole also competed in the state FFA Creed Competition, and finished 4th in the state.  The chapter was also recognized on Monday for having the State Runner-Up teams in Land Judging and in Dairy Foods Judging.  Hannah Turner and Hayden Kirkdoffer competed in the Agriscience Fair on Monday as well, and finished 3rd in the state in Social Systems Division IV. On Tuesday, the chapter had a phenomenal day as the chapter had 9 state winners in their respective proficiency area.  They include the following: Catherine Turner in Agriculture Communications, Sam Wauford in Agriculture Mechanics, Kayla Fisher in Agriculture Processing, Britney Kellum in Agriscience Plant Systems, Hannah Turner in Equine Science, Zach Cook in Forage Production, Molly Flanagan in Fruit Production, Clayton Dunn in Grain Production, and Will Turner in Wildlife Management.  These 9 students will go on to represent Tennessee in the National Proficiency Judging this fall at the National FFA Convention in Louisville, Kentucky.  In addition to this great news, Sam Daniel was selected as the 2015 Tennessee State Star in Agribusiness, which is one  of the premier awards that an individual can earn in the Association. The Farm Business Management team also competed on Tuesday, team members were Hannah Turner, Madison Miller, and Brooklyn Terry.  The team finished 5th in West Tennessee. On Wednesday, the chapter had six students receive their State FFA Degree, and they are as follows: Jon-Thom Chaney, Sam Daniel, Brandi Honshell, Hayden Kirkdoffer, Kevin Pilkington, and Sam Wauford.  Kayla Fisher also represented the chapter in an amazing way this week as she ran for an office with the Tennessee FFA Association.  Kayla did an amazing job, and the chapter is very proud of her and all of her endeavors.  The chapter would like to think the faculty and staff of Covington High School, the Covington FFA Alumni, and other distinguished members of the community for helping our chapter "GO ALL OUT" in the many activities that we participate in.  The chapter looks forward to finishing the spring term on a very strong note. 
 
Covington FFA Does Great at Agriculture Mechanics
Posted By: Jerry Johnson   3/19/2015


Front Row (L to R): Averi Cole and Catherine Turner
Back Row: Corbin Coughlan, Alex Daniel, Nick Kellum, Ryan Wick, Austin Culver, Kevin Pilkington, Jon-Thom Chaney, Hayden Kirkdoffer, Sam Wauford, and Tyler Rowland

Recently the Covington FFA competed in the Agriculture Mechanics competitions at Haywood County High School.  The Lower Agriculture Mechanics team finished 2nd in the district and 4th in the West Tennessee.  The Upper Agriculture Mechanics team finished 2nd in the district and 7th in West Tennessee.  For the upper team individually, Tyler Rowland finished 3rd in mig welding, Sam Wauford finished 6th in rafter construction, Austin Culver finished 7th in electrical wiring, and Kevin Pilkington and Ryan Wick finished 7th in land measuring.  For the lower team individually, Averi Cole finished second in tool identification, Corban Coughlan finished 10th in electrical wiring, Alex Daniel finished 3rd in small engines, and Nick Kellum finished 3rd in stud assembly. 
 
2015 West TN Star Greenhand
Posted By: Jerry Johnson   3/8/2015


The 2015 West Tennessee Star Greenhand is Averi Cole from the Covington FFA Chapter.  Averi is a very active freshman, who has participated in the Land Judging, Agriculture Sales, Opening and Closing Ceremonies, FFA Creed, and Lower Agriculture Mechanics Career Development Events. Averi has been an amazing of these teams, as her agriculture sales team and ceremonies team placed in the top 6 in the region respectfully. Averi was also the district winner and the West Tennessee runner-up in the FFA Creed, and will be competing in the state championships in that competition in three weeks at Gatlinburg.  Averi is also in the planning stages of developing her SAE's in Forest Management, Agriculture Sales, Agriculture Communications, and Agriculture Education. Averi has also attended Tennessee FFA Leadership Camp, Greenhand Conference, and the 212 and 360 Leadership Conference. 
 
Covington FFA Has Great Run at Speaking Competitons
Posted By: Jerry Johnson   2/19/2015


Front Row (Left to Right): Averi Cole, CJ Cunningham, Molly Flanagan, and Catherine Turner
Back Row (Left to Right): Sarah Kate Poole, Nathan Oliver, Ryan Wick, and Sam Daniel

Recently the Covington FFA competed in the West Tennessee FFA Speaking Competitions at Crockett County High School.  The chapter had an outstanding run, as all four speakers made it pass the opening rounds and into the regional finals.  The results were as follows: Averi Cole finished 1st in the District and 2nd in West Tennessee in the FFA Creed, and will advance to the State Championships this spring in Gatlinburg.  Catherine Turner finished 2nd in the District and 4th in West Tennessee in the Job Interview Competition.  Sam Daniel finished 3rd in the District and 4th in West Tennessee in the Extemporaneous Public Speaking Competition. Sarah Kate Poole finished 2nd in the District and 5th in West Tennessee in the Prepared Public Speaking Competition.  Also, the Covington FFA Quiz Bowl team which consisted of Ryan Wick, CJ Cunningham, Nathan Oliver, and Molly Flanagan finished 6th in West Tennessee.  The chapter is very proud of all these individuals as they continue to "GO ALL OUT" for the FFA program at Covington High School.
 
2015 West TN Star in Agriculture Business
Posted By: Jerry Johnson   2/3/2015


The 2015 West Tennessee Star is Sam Daniel, who is a senior at Covington High School.  Sam began his SAE his freshman year working in the family pecan orchard.  On his family farm (Vaughan LLC) in Covington, Sam helps with harvesting pecans, inspecting pecans, sacking and weighing pecans, packaging pecans, mowing in the orchard, and with the customer harvesting of pecans on their farm as well as other pecan farms in the area.  Sam is wanting to pursue plant science as a major at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, and his SAE project has been a great hands-on approach to learn about plants and crops. 
 
Covington FFA Horse Team is State Bound
Posted By: Jerry Johnson   2/3/2015


From L to R: Angel Fields, Sarah Kate Poole, Hannah Turner, and Alex Daniel


The Covington FFA recently competed in the 2015 West Tennessee Horse Judging Competition at the University of Tennessee at Martin.  The team had to judge two classes of halter horses and two classes of hunter undersaddle.  The team also had to give a set of reasons on each. The team had an outstanding afternoon, as they were 1st in the District and 3rd in West Tennessee.  The team will move to on to state championships this September at Middle Tennessee State University. 
 
Covingtn FFA Rocks at Parliamentary Procedure Competitions
Posted By: Jerry Johnson   12/3/2014




Front Row (L to R): Averi Cole, Angel Fields, Keegan Chapman, Alyssa Rice, Nathan Oliver, Aaron Rogers, and CJ Cunningham.

Back Row (L to R): Molly Flanagan, Jake Hodge, Alex Daniel, Steven Sartain, Ryan Wick, Kaitlyn Richardson, and Sam Daniel

The Covington FFA recently competed in the 2014 West Tennessee Regional Parliamentary Procedure Contest and in the Opening and Closing Ceremonies Contest that were held at Liberty High School in Jackson, Tennessee.  The teams did extremely well as they both finished 5th in the region on Thursday December 4th after qualifying for the finals in the opening round on Tuesday December 2nd.  In the ceremonies competition, the 9th grade students are asked to perform the opening ceremonies that are conducted at the beginning of each FFA meeting.  The team also had to handle secretary minutes, a treasurer report, a parliamentary ability, and the closing ceremonies.  The parliamentary procedure team had to take a knowledge exam on Robert's Rules of Order, have to perform a chapter meeting with at least 10 parliamentary motions, answer oral quesitons, and write a set of minutes on the meeting that was just conducted.  The chapter is very proud of all those who participated in these fine leadership endeavors. 

 
Covington FFA Qualifies for State 4H Livestock Contest
Posted By: Jerry Johnson   11/24/2014


From L to R: Hayden Kirkdoffer, Hannah Turner, Jon-Thom Chaney, Catherine Turner, and Sarah Kate Poole

Recently the Covington FFA competed in two livestock judging contests across Tennessee.  On Thursday, November 6th, the team went to Parsons, Tennessee to compete in the 4H Western Region Livestock Judging Contest.  The team had an outstanding afternoon, as they placed 1st in the region out of 42 teams.  By placing 1st, the team has qualified for the State Livestock Judging Contest that will be held at UT-Knoxville on June 2, 2015.  Individually, Catherine Turner was the 1st high individual in the entire contest, which consisted of evaluating cattle, swine, sheep, goats, answering two sets of questions on different species, and defending the placing by saying two sets of oral reasons.  Hannah Turner was the 2nd high individual in the entire contest, and Sarah Kate Poole was the 10th high individual in the contest.  On Thursday, November 13th the team competed in the FFA West Tennessee Livestock Judging Career Development Event at UT-Martin.  The team did well, as they finished 5th in District IV.  The team would like to thank Mr. Ted Turner, Mr. John Turner, Turner Angus Farms, Brighton FFA, and Munford FFA for helping out with livestock classes to evaluate throughout the practice sessions. 
 
Covington FFA Goes All Out at National Convention
Posted By: Jerry Johnson   11/4/2014


Front Row: (L to R) Madison Miller, CJ Cunningham, Catherine Turner, Sarah Kate Poole, and Molly Flanagan
Middle Row: (L to R) Sam Wauford, Alex Daniel, Sam Daniel, Hannah Turner, and Nathan Oliver
Back Row: (L to R) Ryan Wick, Will Turner, Chase Murray, Hayden Kirkdoffer, Tyler Rowland, and Jeffrey Sartain

The Covington FFA definitely went all out at the 87th National FFA Convention in Louisville, KY from October 28th-November 1st, 2014.  The chapter was represented on the national level in a number of events.  The chapter represented the state of Tennessee in the National Agronomy Career Development Event.    In this competition, students test their knowledge on crops, weeds, seeds, insects, diseases, plant disorders, crop grading, and equipment.  The team earned a National Bronze Award.  The team members were Sam Daniel, Sam Wauford, Molly Flanagan, and Tyler Rowland.  The chapter was also recognized for being a 3-star chapter, which is the highest ranking that a chapter can receive from the National FFA.  Individually, Sam Wauford was a National Finalist in the Forest Management and Products, and he was one of only four selected in the entire nation.  Also, Jeffrey Sartain recieved his American FFA Degree, which is the highest degree that an individual can receive from the National FFA Organization.  The chapter also went to several sessions and was inspired by motivational speakers throughout the year.  The Covington FFA looks forward to Going All Out for the remainder of the school year. 
 
Superior Showing at State Land Judging
Posted By: Jerry Johnson   10/15/2014



Kneeling: Mr. Johnson and Mr. Cole
Front Row (L to R): Averi Cole, Molly Flanagan, Aaron Rogers, Catherine Turner, and CJ Cunningham
Back Row (L to R): Alex Daniel, Tyler Rowland, Ryan Wick, Kevin Pilkington, Sam Wauford, Sam Daniel, and Jon-Thom Chaney


The Covington FFA had an outstanding showing at the 2014 Tennessee Land Judging Championships, as they finished 2nd in the entire state, only losing to Wilson Central from Middle Tennessee.  The team was lead by Tyler Rowland, who had a score of 353 out of 400 and was the 5th highest individual in the entire contest.  Also, on the FFA team were Sam Daniel, Sam Wauford, and Molly Flanagan.  This team has qualified for the 2015 National Land Judging and Home-site Championships that will be held in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in May.  In addition, the chapter had two additional teams that competed in the 4H Division on the state level.  Representing Tipton County A team was Alex Daniel, Jon-Thom Chaney, Kevin Pilkington, and Aaron Rogers.  Aaron Rogers was the high individual on the team with a score of 333.  Representing the Tipton County B team was Averi Cole, Catherine Turner, CJ Cunningham, and Ryan Wick.  Averi Cole was the high individual on the team with a score of 284.  



 
West Tennessee Soil Champions
Posted By: Jerry Johnson   10/10/2014


Front Row (L to R): Molly Flanagan, Averi Cole, CJ Cunningham, and Catherine Turner
Middle Row (L to R): Eugene Fincher, Aaron Rogers, Nathan Oliver, Alex Daniel, and Sam Daniel
Back Row (L to R): Sam Wauford, Jon-Thom Chaney, Tyler Rowland, Ryan Wick, and Kevin Pilkington

The Covington FFA competed on October 7th at the West Tennessee Regional Soil Judging Competition at the University of Tennessee Experiment Station in Milan, Tennessee.  The Covington FFA had an outstanding afternoon as the team placed 1st in the District and 1st in West Tennessee out of 49 high schools.  The team will move on to the state soil championships that will take place on Monday October 13th in Spring Hill, Tennessee.  The team members were Sam Daniel, Molly Flanagan, Tyler Rowland, and Sam Wauford.  Molly Flanagan was the 2nd high individual in the entire competition with a score of 349 out of 400, and there was over 100 individuals participating in the contest.  In addition, the chapter had two more teams to qualify for the state competition as they were representing both the Covington FFA and the Tipton County 4H. In the 4H division, the chapter placed 3rd and 4th in the region out of 34 teams and will also be participating in the state soil championships this upcoming Monday in Spring Hill.  The team that finished 3rd was the Tipton County B team, which was composed of Kevin Pilkington, Aaron Rogers, Jon-Thom Chaney, and Alex Daniel.  The team that finished 4th was the Tipton County A team, which was composed of Nathan Oliver, Ryan Wick, Catherine Turner, CJ Cunningham, and Averi Cole.  In the Junior High Division, Eugene Fincher was the high individual in the entire competition.  Overall, the chapter had an outstanding day and is looking forward to competing and doing well at state so that the teams can advance to national championships that are held in Oklahoma each May. 
 
Sales is a Success
Posted By: Jerry Johnson   10/5/2014


From L to R: Mr. Johnson, Molly Flanagan, Averi Cole, Madison Miller, and Sam Daniel

On Saturday October 4th, the Covington FFA Ag Sales competed at the West Tennessee Regional Ag Sales Career Development Event on the campus of Dyersburg High School.  The team had an exceptional day, as they were 2nd in the District and 4th in West Tennessee.  Team members had to take an exam on agriculture sales terminology and knowledge, have to participate in a group activity where they were communicating their sales objectives to their bosses, and then make an individual sales presentations to potential customers.  Madison Miller was the high individual for the team and was the 5th highest overall individual at the contest.  
 
Covington FFA Shines at State Fair
Posted By: Jerry Johnson   9/18/2014



Dairy Foods Front Row (L to R): Mr. Johnson, Tyler Rowland, Sam Wauford, Nathan Oliver, and Phillip Langlois
Back Row (L to R): Kate Armstrong, Austin Culver, Kevin Pilkington, Ryan Wick, Tyler Landers, and Chase Murray



State Dairy Judging (Left to Right): Mr. Johnson, CJ Cunningham, Brooklyn Terry, Sarah Kate Poole, and Will Turner.


The Covington FFA had an outstanding day at the Tennessee State Dairy Foods and Dairy Judging Competitions on September 8, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee as they competed in two competitions.  The Dairy Foods team competed in the morning, and finished 1st in the District, 1st in West Tennessee, and 2nd in the entire state out of 35 competing high schools.  In this competition, the team has to taste and identify a wide variety of milks and cheese, test their knowledge in a dairy industry exam, and determine the fat content in different varieties of milk.  In the afternoon, the Covington FFA Dairy Judging Team competed in the state dairy judging competition, which the team qualified for on August 26th in Paris.  The team had to participate in a written exam, evaluate six classes of dairy classes, and deliver oral reasons on two sets of the cattle that they evaluated.  The team finished 4th in the state, which is an outstanding placing for an extremely tough competition.
 
Covington FFA Starts School Year Out Strong
Posted By: Jerry Johnson   8/31/2014



From L to R: Mr. Johnson, Will Turner, CJ Cunningham, Brooklyn Terry, Kaitlyn Richardson, Alex Daniel, and Sarah Kate Poole


The Covington FFA started out the school year by competing in the West Tennessee Dairy Judging Career Development Event on Tuesday August 26th at the Henry County Fairgrounds in Paris, Tennessee.  The team had an outstanding afternoon, as they finished 2nd in the District and 4th in West Tennessee.  By finishing in the top 4, the chapter has qualified for the state finals that will be held September 8th at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds in Nashville, Tennessee.  Sarah Kate Poole was the high individual for the team, and was also the 4th highest individual in the entire contest.  
 
Camp Clements Time in Tennessee
Posted By: Jerry Johnson   7/19/2014


Sitting (L to R):  CJ Cunningham, Catherine Turner, Sarah Kate Poole, Averi Cole, Madison Miller, Hannah Turner, Molly Flanagan, and Katilyn Richardson

Standing (L to R): Aaron Rogers, Nathan Oliver, Ryan Wick, Stephen Sartain, Sam Daniel, Hayden Kirkdoffer, Will Turner, Sam Wauford, Alex Daniel, Bailey Black, and Tommy Flanagan.

The Covington FFA recently attended the 2014 Tennessee FFA Leadership Camp at Camp Clements in Doyle, Tennessee from June 30-July 4, 2014.  The chapter had an amazing week of leadership, team building, and recreational activities.  The chapter participated in the opening and closing ceremonies on Monday night and it set the tone for the entire week as "MERICA" week!  Our chapter was well represented on the camp council, as Chapter President "Uncle" Sam Daniel was our representative.  He was selected to be the Camp President as well, and did a phenomenal job representing our chapter throughout the week.  In addition, he was also the Individual Quiz Contest Winner, and was 5th in the extemporaneous public speaking contest on Thursday evening.   The chapter had a team quiz bowl team that consisted of Sam Wauford, Molly Flanagan, Hannah Turner, and Sam Daniel.  The team placed 2nd in the competition, losing in the championship round in overtime to the Scotts Hill FFA Chapter.  The chapter had 17 of the 19 students receive their outstanding leadership certificates, and have numerous students receive a best sport and best athlete awards.  The chapter is excited about the upcoming school year and is looking forward to applying all of the leadership skills that they learned during the camp to make our chapter the best that it can be.  
 
Awesome Ending to 2013-2014 School Year
Posted By: Jerry Johnson   6/3/2014
  


State Environmental and NRM Picture (Left to Right): Jeffrey Sartain, Britney Kellum, CJ Cunningham, Katilynn Poole, Kate Armstrong, and Mr. Johnson


State Forestry Picture (Left to Right): Mr. Johnson, Britney Kellum, Ryan Wick, Kayla Fisher, Sarah Kate Poole, and Mr. Cole
 
 
The Covington FFA had a very successful end to the school year this past week.  On Sunday, Mr. Johnson took two students to the 65th Annual Tennessee Forestry Camp at Fall Creek Falls State Park in Spencer, Tennessee.  Ryan Wick and CJ Cunningham had a wonderful time at the camp, as they learned about tree identification, topographical maps, wildlife concepts, silver culture practices, fire management, pine management, compass and pacing, diseases and insects in forestry, tree measuring, and an introduction to GPS.  On Friday, Mr. Cole brought the other students from CHS and meet Mr. Johnson at Camp Clements to compete in the State Forestry, State Environmental and NRM, and the National Chapter Award Competitions.  The teams did extremely well in their competitions.  The Forestry team finished 1st in the District, 2nd in West Tennessee, and 6th in the state. In this contest, members had to identify trees, compass and pacing, chainsaw identification, insects and diseases, map reading, and a team and individual exams.  Team members were Britney Kellum, Ryan Wick, Kayla Fisher, and Sarah Kate Poole.  The Environmental and NRM team finished 1st in the District, 1st in West Tennessee and 3rd in the state in the competition.  In this contest, team members had to identify many different forms of wildlife (birds, reptiles, amphibians, mammals, invasive species, insects, and wildlife tools and equipment), a 50 question test on wildlife knowledge, and a team activity where the students had to identify biotic organisms, abiotic organisms,  food webs, different types of succession, and was the area a balanced or unbalanced ecosystem.  Team members were Britney Kellum, CJ Cunningham, Kate Armstrong, and Katilynn Poole.  In the National Chapter Award competition, the chapter finished 1st in West Tennessee and 6th in the State, and will move to the national judging competition this summer in Indianapolis.  The chapter is looking forward to camp this summer and the beginning of livestock showing season.  The chapter is very grateful to the faculty and staff at CHS, the alumni, and all supporters of the chapter.  Thank you so much for allowing our chapter to "IGNITE" our passion for agriculture. 

 
Covington FFA Has Poultry Power
Posted By: Jerry Johnson   5/7/2014


From Left to Right: Mr. Johnson, Jacob McDivitt, Britney Kellum, Dustin Pugh, and Jonah McDivitt
 
 
The Covington FFA recently participated in the 2014 Tennessee State Poultry Contest at Tennessee Tech University at Cookeville, Tennessee.  The team did well, as they placed 1st in the District, 2nd in West Tennessee, and 14th in the State.  Britney Kellum was the high individual for the team.  Poultry judging includes the students judging a class of broilers, hens, exterior eggs, interior eggs, boneless chicken products, bone-in chicken products, ready to cook carcass grading, a team activity, and an individual exam based on poultry knowledge.  
 
Covington FFA Represents Well at National Land Judging
Posted By: Jerry Johnson   5/6/2014


From L to R: Mr. Johnson, Kayla Fisher, Sam Wauford, Sam Daniel, and Molly Flanagan

The Covington FFA has a strong showing as it competed in the 2014 National Land Judging Competitions at Oklahoma City, Oklahoma from April 28-May 1, 2014.  The team competed in both the national home site and land judging competitions.  This is the first time that the chapter has been to the National Land Judging competition in over twenty years, and the chapter had a really strong showing.  The team placed 36th in the home site competition out of 127 teams from across the nation, and finished 56th in the nation out of 127 teams in the land judging contest.  Molly Flanagan was the high individual for the team in the home site contest and Sam Daniel was the high individual in the land judging contest.  The team also had the opportunity to tour the National Cowboy and Western Museum in Oklahoma City and the Oklahoma City National Memorial Site in downtown Oklahoma City while the team was there.  The team would like to thank everyone for allowing them to compete in this once in a lifetime competition, especially the faculty and staff at CHS, the Tipton County Board of Education, and all of the alumni in the FFA chapter.  The team looks forward to competing again in the Fall of 2014 with the goal of coming back to Oklahoma City and becoming national champions.  
 
Covington FFA Has Fun at Forestry
Posted By: Jerry Johnson   4/21/2014


Left to Right: Mr. Cole, Molly Flanagan, Britney Kellum, Kayla Fisher, Ryan Wick, Sarah Kate Poole, Mr. Johnson

The Covington FFA recently had a strong showing at the West Tennessee Forestry Career Development Event, as the team placed 1st in the District and 2nd in West Tennessee.  The competition required the students to be able to identify trees, measure trees, complete a compass course, identify forestry tools and equipment, and read a topographical map.  By placing 2nd in the region, the team will move on to the state competition that will be held May 30th at Camp Clements in Doyle, Tennessee.  Congratulations guys and good luck!
 
Covington FFA Has Strong Showing at State Conventon
Posted By: Jerry Johnson   3/30/2014


Front Row (L to R):  Britney Kellum, Sherridan Stough, Sarah Kate Poole, Kayla Fisher, Lily Pollack, CJ Cunningham, and Catherine Turner
Middle Row (L to R): Hannah Turner, Molly Flanagan, Kaitlyn Richardson, and Madison Miller
Back Row (L to R): Nathan Oliver, Jonah McDivitt, Aaron Rogers, Hayden Kirkdoffer, Billy Howard, Bailey Black, Sam Daniel, and Jacob McDivitt

The Covington FFA have a very strong showing at the 2014 State FFA Convention.  On Sunday, the Opening and Closing Ceremonies team competed against the best of the best from west, middle, and east.  The team did extremely well, as they finished 3rd in the state of Tennessee.  Team members were Catherine Turner, Kaitilyn Richardson, Aaron Rogers, Madison Miller, Lily Pollack, Nathan Oliver, and Bailey Black.  After the competition, the team joined other with the rest of the members and attended FFA Night at the Dixie Stampede in Pigeon Forge, which was one of the highlights of the convention.  

On Monday, the chapter was recognized during the first session for the following awards: 10% Membership Increase Award, the National Chapter Award (Gold), the State Superior Chapter Award, and the PLOW Award (Platinum).  During the second session, the chapter was recognized as having the state runner up teams in Land Judging and Dairy Foods.  Team members on the Land Judging Team were Molly Flanagan, Kayla Fisher, Sam Daniel, and Sam Wauford.  Team members on the Dairy Foods team were Jonah McDivitt, Jacob McDivitt, Sam Wauford, and Kate Armstrong.  Also during the afternoon, the Covington Agriculture Sales team competed and finished 4th in the state of Tennessee.   Team members were Molly Flanagan, Kayla Fisher, Katilyn Richardson, and Madison Miller.

On Tuesday, the chapter had an outstanding day as the chapter went 8 for 8 in winning state proficiencies.  The following members were state winners and will move on to Nationals this fall in Louisville to compete:  Brandi Honshell in Agriculture Processing, Sam Wauford in Forest Products, Sam Daniel in Fruit Production, Jeffrey Sartain in Outdoor Recreation, Molly Flanagan in Swine Production, Sherridan Stough in Specialty Crops, Britney Kellum in Vegetable Production, and Hannah Turner in Wildlife Management.  Also, the chapter competed in the Agriculture Marketing Plan Competition, and finished 2nd in West Tennessee and 6th in the state.  Team members were Britney Kellum, Sam Daniel, and Hannah Turner. 

On Wednesday, the chapter had five students receive their State FFA Degree, which is the highest award that a member can receive in our state.  The members who earned their state degree include Billy Howard, Alex Smith, Kayla Fisher, Sherridan Stough, and Britney Kellum.  The morning session also announced the 2014-2015 Tennessee state officers.  The chapter's candidate was Jeffrey Sartain.  Even though Jeffrey was not elected as a state officer, the chapter is very proud of him and all of his accomplishments in FFA.  He represented our chapter and the association well during this process.

As the school year begins to wind down, the chapter would like to think everyone at CHS, our alumni, and community members for supporting these young people.  The members are "Ignited" to finish the school year strong.  The chapter would also like to send congratulations to the Brighton and Munford FFA Chapters for the superior showings that they had at the state convention. 
 
Covington FFA Has Strong Showing at Ag Mechanics Competitions
Posted By: Jerry Johnson   3/16/2014
 
Upper Agriculture Mechanics: Lower Row (L to R): Justin Ervin, Mr. Johnson.  Upper Row (L to R):Sam Wauford, Kevin Pilkington, Austin Culver, Hayden Kirkdoffer, Billy Howard, and William Timbs.

Lower Agriculture Mechanics Lower Row (L to R): Madison Miller, Catherine Turner, Mrs. Flanagan.  Upper Row (L to R): Katliyn Richardson, Aaron Rogers, Brooklyn Terry, and Ryan Wicke

The Covington FFA Lower and Upper Agriculture Mechanics Team recently competed in the West Tennessee Agriculture Mechanics Competitions held at Haywood County High School.   The Lower Agriculture Mechanics team skills include stud assembly, electrical wiring, tool identification, and small engine identification.   The Lower Agriculture Mechanics team finished 3rd in the District and 5th in West Tennessee.  The Upper Agriculture Mechanics skills include arc welding, switch and receptacle wiring project, truss construction, differential leveling, and a test on these skills.  The team finished 3rd in the District and 7th in West Tennessee. 
 
Covington FFA Has a Fantastic February
Posted By: Jerry Johnson   3/6/2014




Front Row (Left to Right): Aaron Rogers, Kayla Fisher, and Catherine Turner
Back Row (Left to Right): Britney Kellum. Sam Wauford, Sam Daniel, and Molly Flanagan

The Covington FFA recently competed in the West Tennessee Public Speaking Competitions at Crockett County and Halls High School.  The chapter was well represented by some great individuals and the Quiz Bowl team.  Molly Flanagan was second in the district and fourth in West Tennessee in the job interview competition.  Britney Kellum finished third in the district and fourth in West Tennessee in the prepared speaking competition.  Catherine Turner finished third in the district and sixth in West Tennessee in the FFA Creed competition.  Kayla Fisher finished fourth in the district and 10th in West Tennessee in the extemporaneous public speaking competition.  Sam Daniel, Sam Wauford, and Aaron Rogers finished first in the district and first in West Tennessee by winning the West TN FFA Quiz Bowl Competition in dramatic fashion.  
 
Covington FFA is State Bound
Posted By: Jerry Johnson   1/16/2014
                           


Opening and Closing Team (Left to Right): Aaron Rogers, Nathan Oliver, Bailey Black, Catherine Turner, Madison Miller, Lily Pollack, and Katilyn Richardson

Parliamentary Procedure (Front Left to Right): Molly Flanagan, Sherridan Stough, Kayla Fisher, Jacob McDivitt, Britney Kellum, Sam Daniel, and Jonah McDivitt

The Covington FFA recently competed in parliamentary procedure and opening and closing ceremonies in a preliminary round and in the regional finals.  The opening and closing ceremonies competition is designed for first year FFA members to compete in parliamentary procedure.  In the competition, students have to conduct the opening and closing ceremonies, read a secretary and treasurer report, and also conduct basic parliamentary abilities.  The team, that was coached by Mrs. Liz Flanagan, was simply amazing as they placed 2nd in the District and 2nd in West Tennessee.  The opening and closing ceremonies will move on to the state competition this March in Gatlinburg at the Tennessee State FFA Convention.

The Covington FFA parliamentary procedure team also advanced to the regional finals, where they finished 4th in the District and 5th in West Tennessee meeting.  The members were challenged to conduct a meeting with a series of motions that comes from the latest addition of Robert's Rules of Order.  The team members also had to take an examination on Robert's Rules of Order and write a professional Secretary's report. 
 
Covington FFA Learns at Livestock Judging
Posted By: Jerry Johnson   11/17/2013




From Left to Right:  (Front Row) Catherine Turner,CJ Cunningham
                                (Back Row)  Alex Smith, Hayden Kirkdoffer, Hannah Turner, Jon-Thom Chaney, Sarah Kate Poole


The Covington FFA Livestock Judging recently competed in two judging competitions in West Tennessee.  These competitions require the student to evaluate different species of livestock such as cattle, swine, sheep, and goats.  The student also has to give different sets of oral reasons on why the student placed the animals the way that they did.    On November 7th, the team competed in the Western Region 4H Competition in Parsons, Tennessee.  The team finished 7th out 39 teams.  On November 14th, the team went to the University of Tennessee at Martin where they competed in the West Tennessee FFA Regional Livestock Competition.  The team finished 4th in the District and 12th in the Region out of 31 teams.  Hannah Turner was the 2nd high individual in the entire competition out of 124 students.  
 
Covington FFA is Ignited at National Convention
Posted By: Jerry Johnson   11/6/2013



Front: Sarah Kate Poole, Catherine Turner

Middle Row: Sam Daniel, Hannah Turner, Kayla Fisher, Molly Flanagan, Britney Kellum, and Cody Smith

Back Row: Skylar Davis, Hayden Kirkdoffer, Greg Berford, Jeffrey Sartain, Katilyn Richardson, Sean Donaldson, and Sam Wauford


The Covington FFA had an outstanding 2013 National Convention at Louisville, Kentucky.  The chapter received more recognition and awards than in any other time in recent memory.  On Wednesday the chapter competed in the National Chapter Award Models of Innovation Program.  The Covington FFA was selected as one of ten chapters in the entire nation for student development.  Jeffrey Sartain and Britney Kellum represented the chapter in the presentation that was required in order to become the national winner.  The chapter did not win the national finals, but being selected as a finalist was an honor that was second to none.  Kayla Fisher, a senior at Covington High School, represented our chapter and the state in the National Agriculture Science Fair.  Her project, "Is FFA Relevant in the 21st Century?", was selected as a national finalist and she placed 11th in the nation respectfully.  The chapter also had three students compete in the National Finals of the Proficiency Program.  Sean Donaldson competed in the Diversified Crop Production, Skylar Davis in the Fiber and Oil Crop Production, and Cody Smith in Outdoor Recreation.  Each student received a plaque and a $500 check for being only one of four finalist in the entire nation in their respective category.  As the convention came to an end on Saturday, the Covington FFA had 6 members who recieved their American FFA Degree.  They were Greg Berford, Leah Chapman, Eric Cousar, Skylar Davis, Sean Donaldson, and Cody Smith.  The American Degree is the highest award that a student can achieve in the National FFA Organization.  The chapter would like to think the faculty and staff of Covington High School for their continued support of the group, the community that we live in, and to all our alumni.  The chapter is "ignited" and ready to "light it up" for the remainder of the school year. 
 
Covington FFA Having an Oustanding October
Posted By: Jerry Johnson   10/21/2013
Pictured from Left to Right: Sam Daniel, Molly Flanagan, Mr. Johnson, Kayla Fisher, and Sam Wauford

The Covington FFA has had an outstanding October so far with National FFA Convention yet to come.  On October 1st, the team competed in the West Tennessee Soil Judging Competition.  In this contest the students judge the texture, drainage, slope, erosion, crop yields, and home-site qualities of the soil.  The Soil Judging Team placed 1st in the District and 1st in West Tennessee.  By winning the competition, the team qualified for the state competition.  Kayla Fisher was the high individual out of the entire competition which had over 100 students with a score of 350 out of 400.  On October 5th, the chapter competed in the West Tennessee Agriculture Sales Competition.  In this competition, the students take an oral exam over agriculture sales knowledge, participated in both a group and individuals sales activities.  The students were asked to sell three different varieties of sweet corn, Passion, Obsession, and Tempation, that is made by Monsanto.  The team did extremely well, as they finished 2nd in the District and 2nd in West Tennessee.  By finishing 2nd in West Tennessee, the team will compete in Gatlinburg this Spring for the State Championship.  On October 14th, the Covington FFA team competed at the 2013 Tennessee State Soil Judging Competition at the University of Tennessee at Martin.  The team finished 1st in the District, 1st in West Tennessee, and 2nd in the State.  Sam Wauford was the high individual in the entire state with a score of 355 out of 400, and Sam Daniel was second in the state on an individual level with a score of 350 out of 400.  By finishing second in Tennessee, the team has qualified to participate in the 2014 National Land Judging Championships in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  The chapter is super proud of the students and how hard they have been working.  The chapter is super excited about the upcoming National FFA Convention and is ready to "ignite" the fire for the rest of the school year

 
Covington FFA Sales Team Shines
Posted By: Jerry Johnson   10/7/2013


From Left to Right: Mr. Johnson, Madison Miller, Kayla Fisher, Molly Flanagan, and Kaitlyn Richardson

The Covington FFA Agriculture Sales team shined at the West Tennessee Regional Competition at Dyersburg High School on Saturday October 5th.  The team finished 2nd in West Tennessee, and has now qualified for the state competition this upcoming March at the State FFA Convention in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.  The team was challenged with a test on agriculture sales knowledge, a team presentation, and an individual sales call on three different varieties of sweet corn.
 
West TN Soil Judging Champions!
Posted By: Jerry Johnson   10/1/2013





Front Row (L to R): Nathan Oliver, Kayla Fisher, Catherine Turner, and Molly Flanagan
Back Row: Aaron Rogers, Hayden Kirkendoffer, Sam Wauford, Sam Daniel, and Jerry Johnson


The Covington FFA finished 1st in West Tennessee out of 24 high schools at the 2013 Regional Soil Judging Contest that was held at the University of Tennessee at Martin.  The team has been working extremely hard and is very excited about the opportunity to compete at the State Soils Competition that will be held on October 14, 2013 at UT-Martin.   Soil judging consists of the students determing the texture of the soil, drainage of the soil, depth of the soil, position of the site, the level of erosion, and the slope of the land.  From these factors, the students have to determine what the land class capability is, the limitations of the soil, the crop yields, and determine recommended practices for the soil.  Kayla Fisher was also the high individual for the entire contest out of 96 students from across West Tennessee, as she scored a 350. 
 
STATE RUNNER-UPS!!!
Posted By: Jerry Johnson   9/10/2013




From Left to Right:  Makayla Vandergrift, Jonah McDivitt, Jacob McDivitt, Sam Wauford, Kate Armstrong, and Mr. Johnson


The Covington FFA Competed on Monday, September 9th in the 2013 Tennessee State Dairy Foods Competition that was held at the Tennessee State Fair in Nashville, Tennessee.  The team had a excellent day, as they finished 1st in West Tennessee and 2nd in Tennessee in the competition.  The team members were challenged by having to identify over 20 different types of cheese, 12 different types of milks, having to determine the fat content in dairy products, and having a general knowledge exam on dairy products.  This is the highest that the chapter has placed in a competition on a state level in several years and it is very proud of the group and their efforts!
 
Covington FFA Students Shine in National Selection Process
Posted By: Jerry Johnson   8/12/2013







 




 





Pictured From Left To Right : Sean Donaldson-National Finalist in Diversified Crop Production.  Skylar Davis-National Finalist in Fiber and Oil Crop Production.  Cody Smith-National Finalist in Outdoor Recreation.  Kayla Fisher-National Finalist in Agriscience Fair for Social Systems.  2013-2014 Covington FFA Officers (Sam Daniel, Molly Flanagan, Kayla Fisher, Hannah Turner, Sarah Kate Poole, Britney Kellum, Sherridan Stough)

On Friday,August 9th, the chapter was recognized by the National FFA Organization for several awards.  The chapter has three students that will be competing in Louisville this fall for the National FFA Proficiency Awards.  Sean Donaldson, Skylar Davis, and Cody Smith all have outstanding SAEP's (Supervised Agriculture Experience Programs) and will be representing Covington High School and the Tennessee FFA Association.  Kayla Fisher, a senior at CHS, was selected as a National Finalist in her science fair project, which is entitled "Is FFA Relevant in the 21st Century?"  She will be competing against 14 other students across the nation in the finals at Louisville.  The Covington FFA Chapter was also recognized as a 3-Star Chapter in the National Chapter Award, which is the highest award in the program.  In addition, the chapter was recognized as a Model of Innovation Finalist, which is given to only ten chapters in the entire nation!  The chapter will have Britney Kellum and Jeffrey Sartain represent the chapter during this process at National Convention.  The chapter is very excited about the school year that has begin and the opportunities that await the chapter at National Convention.  The chapter would like to thank the FFA members, advisors, the faculty and staff at Covington High School, and everyone in the community for helping the chapter become one of the better chapters in our state. 
 
Covington FFA Does Wonderful at State Contests
Posted By: Jerry Johnson   4/24/2013












Poultry Picture (Front L to R): Mr. Johnson, Britney Kellum, Sarah Kate Poole
(Back L to R): Sam Wauford, Jeffrey Sartain, and Dustin Pugh


Nursery and Floriculture Picture (Front L to R): Trevor Dych, Kayla Fisher, Molly Flanagan, Chase Murray
(Back L to R): Ebonee Woodland, Amber Smith, Dayshia Murchison, and Sam Daniel



The Covington FFA recenly competed in both regional and state competitions in Floriculture, Nursery, and Poultry. In order to qualify for the state competitions, the team had to qualify in the top 4 at the regional competiions that were held April 11th at Jackson State. The Floriculture team finished 1st in the District and 2nd in West Tennessee. The team members were Ebonee Woodland, Amber Smith, Dayshia Murchison, and Molly Flanagan. The team moved on to the state competition that was held April 20th at Tennessee Tech University. The team finished 1st in the Distrct, 3rd in West Tennessee, and 7th in the State. The Nursery team also qualified for the State by placing 1st in the District and 3rd in West Tenneesse at the regional competition. The team at Tennessee Tech finished 1st in the District, 3rd in West Tennessee, and 8th in the state. The Poultry team also competed at Tennessee Tech that day finshing 1st in the District, 2nd in West Tennessee, and 8th in the state. The chapter is very proud of all the students and their hard work towards these competitions. The chapter looks forward to ending the school with competing in the State Veterinary Science, Forestry, and Natural Resources competitions.
 
Awesome Night at Awards Banquet
Posted By: Jerry Johnson   4/24/2013


The Covington FFA was recongized for several awards on Tuesday at the West TN Awards Banquet held in Jackson. The chapter was recognized for placing as the regional winner in Dairy Foods. The chapter was also recognized as the regional runner up in Poultry, Environmental and Natural Resources Managment, and Floricutlure. The chapter placed third this year in Dairy Judging, Extemporaneous Speaking, and Nursery. Covington placed fourth in Parliamentary Procedure, Upper Agriculture Mechanics, and Lower Agriculture Mechanics. The chapter was fifth in Soils and Forestry.

This year the chapter had 12 students be recognized as the West Tennessee winner in their proficiency areaa. They were Troy Bushley in Agriculture Mechanics, Hunter Call in Turfgrass Management, Leah Chapman in Nursery Operations, Skylar Davis in Fiber and Oil Crop Production, Sean Donaldson in Diversified Crop Production, Cody Smith in Outdoor Recreation, Greg Berford in Swine Production, Becky Wauford in Home and Community Development, Sam Daniel in Fruit Production, Eric Cousar in Grain Production, Jeffrey Sartain in Wildlife Management, and Rob Cothran in Agriculture Processing.

Jason Joy was recognized for being the West Tennessee Star in Agriscience. He was also recognized as the West Tennessee winner in his science project dealing with plant systems. Kayla Fisher was also recognized as the West Tennessee winner in her science project dealing with social systems.

As a chapter, the chapter was recognized as being the Outstanding High School Agriculture Program in West Tennessee for 2013. This is one of the highest awards that the program has ever recieved. The chapter was recognized as placing 3rd in the Leadership Division, 4th in the Instructional Division, and 8th in the Supervised Agriculture Experience Division. The chapter ranked 3rd in the Final Standings for 2012-2013 and was recognized for all their hard work throughout the year. Mr. Johnson also received the 2013 Outstanding Teacher Award as well. The chapter would like to congratulate the Brighton FFA for finishing second in the Final Standings and the Munford FFA for finishing first in the final standings and bringing home the championship. The chapter would like to thank the faculty and staff at CHS for all that they do!
 
Covington FFA Does Great at Speaking
Posted By: Jerry Johnson   2/19/2013

From L to R: Sarah Kate Poole, Jeffrey Sartain, Dezie Gude, Britney Kellum, Molly Flanagan, Kayla Fisher, Sam Daniel, and Jason Joy

The Covington FFA recently competed in the West Tennessee Speaking Competitions held at Crockett County High School.  The Quiz Bowl team finished 1st in West Tennessee, which is a first for our chapter since the inception of the Quiz Bowl for the FFA.  The team consisted of Sam Daniel, Molly Flanagan, Kayla Fisher, and Britney Kellum.  Jason Joy finished 3rd in West Tennessee in the Extemporaneous Speaking Comeptition.  Jeffrey Sartain finished 3rd in the district in Prepared Public Speaking.  Sarah Kate finished 3rd  in the region in the FFA Creed.  Dezie Gude finished 3rd in the district in Job Interview.  The chapter is very proud of the accomplishments of all the speakers.
 
Parliamentary Procedure Does Great
Posted By: Jerry Johnson   1/5/2013


Front: Sherridan Stough, Ebonee Woodland
Back: Sam Daniel, Molly Flanagan, Kayla Fisher, Britney Kellum, Mr. Cole

The Covington FFA recently competed in the West Tennessee Parliamentary Procedure Career Development Event at Crockett County High School.  The team had to take a test based on Robert's Rules of Order (10th ed.), had to give a ten minute presentation exhibiting their ability to handle different parliamentary motions and debates, and had to answer questions on parliamentary procedure.  The team finished 4th in West Tennessee.  Team members were Britney Kellum, Sam Daniel, Kayla Fisher, Sherridan Stough, Ebonee Woodland, and Molly Flanagan.  The Opening and Closing team also competed at Crockett County High School.  In this competition, the team is asked to perform the opening ceremonies of the FFA, perform one parliamentary motion, and close the meeting.  Team members were Bailey Wallace, Sarah Kate Poole, Travis Fore, Phillip Langlois, Alexus Gooden, Lyla Gross, and  Kate Armstrong.
 
Covington FFA has great week before Fall Break
Posted By: Jerry Johnson   10/7/2012




 

Soil Judging Picture
From Left to Right Front Row: Molly Flanagan, Alexus Gooden, Kayla Fisher, Sarah Kate Poole, Catherine Turner
From Left to Right Back Row: Mr. Johnson, Sam Daniel, Sam Wauford, Tyler Rowland, Stephen Sartain, and Jeffrey Sartain
 

Ag Sales Picture
L to R: Kayla Fisher, Jason Joy, Molly Flanagan, Sam Daniel
 

COVINGTON FFA HAS GREAT WEEK BEFORE FALL BREAK
The Covington FFA recently competed in two regional contest as the first nine weeks of the school year came to a close. On Tuesday, October 2nd, the Covington FFA competed in the West Tennessee Soils Judging Contest at Ames Plantation in Grand Junction, Tennessee. This competition consists of the students learning about soil texture, drainage, erosion, slope, depth of the soil, classification of the soil, and crop yields. The team did extremely well, as they were second in the district and fifth in West Tennessee. Jeffrey Sartain was the 8th highest student out of 108 students in the competition. Several members of the team also represented the Tipton County 4H Senior Team, and they finished 5th as well in West Tennessee out of 31 4H teams. Tyler Rowland was the high individual in the entire 4H contest with a score of 345. The chapter also had two members in the junior high contest (Stephen Sartain and Catherine Turner) and were recognized as the 1st place team in the junior high divison. On Saturday, October 6th, the Covington FFA competed in the West Tennessee Agriculture Sales Competition at Dyersburg High School. The team was challenged to make a group presentation and individual presentations while selling Simazine 90DF, which is a pre-emergence herbicide. The chapter did extremely well, as they were second in the district and fourth in West Tennessee. Congratulations guys and enjoy your fall break!!
 
Covington FFA Excels at Ag Sales
Posted By: Jason Joy   10/6/2012
The Covington FFA placed 4th at the west Tennessee ag sales CDE. Competitors included Molly Flanagan, Sam Daniel, Kayla Fisher, and Jason Joy. The teams objective was to market the Drexel product "Simazine 90DF " Our chapter is rip roarin' and ready to compete in more CDE's !
 
Covington FFA Does Well at State Dairy
Posted By: Jerry Johnson   9/17/2012
The Covington FFA recently competed in the Tennessee State Dairy Judging Contest held on the Tennessee State Fairgrounds in Nashville, Tennessee.  The team had to judge 6 classes of dairy cows (Ayrshire, Brown Swiss, Holstein), take a test based on dairy knowledge, and also say three sets of reasons on their placings.  The team did extremely well in that they were first in the district and third in West Tennessee.
 
Covington Swine Exhibitors Expereince Success
Posted By: Liz Flanagan   8/17/2012
Covington FFA Members Greg Berford, Leah Chapman, Katie Brasell, Molly Flanagan and Sam Daniel have done an excellent job at the Obion County Fair. Greg Berford won Grand Champion with his January Poland China Gilt and Leah Champion had Reserve Champion with her March Poland China Gilt.
 
Tennessee FFA Honors Covington FFA Member as Star Agribusiness Winner
Posted By: Jerry Johnson   7/18/2012




GATLINBURG- Sean Donaldson of the CovingtonFFA Chapter earned top honors at the 84th Tennessee State FFAConvention when selected as the State Star in Agribusiness on April 3.

The State Star inAgribusiness is one of the highest honors given by the Tennessee FFA. Donaldson’ssupervised agricultural experience, or SAE, was rated the best agribusinessprogram in the state. The Star in Agribusiness award is the second oldest staraward in the state and is given to a student whose SAE project involves workingin one of many business occupations in agriculture other than productionagriculture.

The Covington FFA member’s agriculturaleducation instructors and FFA advisors are Bryan Cole, Elizabeth Flanagan andJeremiah Johnson. This award is sponsored on the state level by Farm BureauInsurance.

FFA is an integralpart of the Agricultural Education Program Area within the Tennessee Career andTechnical Education Division. The Tennessee Association FFA is the thirteenthlargest state association in the nation with more than 13,000 members. The FFAmission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developingtheir potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career successthrough agricultural education. For more information about Tennessee FFA, visithttp://tnffa.org.

 
Covington FFA does well at State Contests at Tennessee Tech University
Posted By: Jerry Johnson   7/18/2012


Covington FFA does well at State Contests at Tennessee Tech University


Floriculture Team

Left to Right (Front): Molly Flanagan, Kayla Fisher
Left to Right (Back): Amber Smith, Mrs. Flanagan, Jessica Coats, and Eboni Woodland

Poultry Team

Left to Right (Front): Becky Wauford, Leah Chapman
Left to Right (Back): Russell Giles, Sam Daniel, Sam Wauford, and Mr. Johnson


The Covington FFA did extremely well at the Tennessee State Floriculture and Poultry Contests that were held on the campus of Tennessee Tech University on Saturday, April 21st, 2012. The Floriculture team finished 1st in the District, 2nd in West Tennessee, and 3rd in the State. The floriculture team, which was coached by Mrs. Liz Flanagan, had to participate in several flower practicums where they had to make 8 different floral arrangement, job interview, resume building, and had to identify 50 different plants. They also had several team events they team had to complete in a certain amount of time. The poultry team, coached by Mr. Johnson, had to place classes of broilers, hens, ready to cook, and turkeys. The students also had to grade interior and exterior eggs, and had to identify the problems with each. The team also had to determined problems associated with boneless and bone-in processed products. The team also had a team test and an individual test. The team finished 1st in the district, 2nd in West Tennessee, and 8th in the state. Congratulations to both teams for working extremely hard and representing Covington High School in a positive matter.
 
Covington FFA Does Well to End School Year
Posted By: Jerry Johnson   7/18/2012
The Covington FFA recently attended the West TN Annual Banquet were it rewarded for a year of hard work and dedication. The chapter placed 3rd overall in West TN out of 45 schools, and was well represented. The chapter was recognized for placing in the Top 6 in 11 out 15 Career Development Events, being the regional winner in Dairy Foods and the regional runner-up in Poultry Judging, and having the State Star in Agribusiness in Mr. Sean Donaldson. The chapter also had six West TN award winning proficiencies, and all six of these students won at the state level as well. They were Skylar Davis in Diversified Crop Production, Lindsey Turner in Beef Production, Daniel Flanagan in Fruit Production, Zach Evans in Agriculture Mechanics, Rob Cothran in Agriculture Services, and Aerin Langlois in Agriculture Processing. These students will be competing at the National Convention this fall in Indianapolis, Indiana. The chapter also had its chapter banquet on May 18th, and the following were selected as the new officer team for the 2012-2013 school year. They were Jason Joy (President), Kayla Fisher (Vice-President), Jeffrey Sartain (Secretary), Dezie Gude (Treasurer), Carley Smoot (Reporter), Sam Daniel (Sentinel), Britney Kellum (Parliamentarian/Chaplain), and Molly Flanagan(Historian). The school year may be coming to a close, but that does not mean that the fun is stopping! The Covington FFA will be hosting a Critter Camp (Grades K-4) on June 4th-July 7th at the high school. Please call Mr. Cole or Mrs. Flanagan at (901) 475-5872 or you may email them at covagdept@hotmail.com for more information. The cost is $65 dollars. The Covington FFA will be hosting a Wildlife Camp (Grades 4-8) on June 4th-June 7th at Covington High School as well. Please call Mr. Johnson at (901) 475-5872 or you may email him at jjffa@hotmail.com for more information. The Covington FFA would like to thank the faculty, administration, parents, and the community for all they done this past year in supporting our chapter. The Covington FFA looks forward to another exciting summer!


SUMMER 2012

May 27th-June 1st= Forestry Camp at Fall Creek Falls State Park
June 1st-June 2nd= State Forestry CDE at Camp Clements
June 2nd= State Natural Resource Management CDE at Camp Clements
June 4th-June 7th= Critter Camp at Covington High School
June 4th-June 7th= Wildlife Camp at Covington High School
June 11th-June 15th= UT-Martin Teacher Workshop Week
June 13th= Tennessee FFA Alumni Golf Tournament at Mt. Juliet
June 18th-June 22nd= FFA Camp Week 3 at Camp Clements
June 23rd= Sheep Show @ Paducah, KY
June 25th-June 27th= Covington FFA Officer Retreat at Paris Landing
June 26th= Sheep Show @ Martin, TN
July 7th= Blue and Gold Livestock Show @ Martin, TN
July 16th-July 19th= CTE Conf @ Middle TN State University
July 28th= Final Drive Sheep Show @ Union City
August 3rd-August 5th= ROPE Conf @ Camp Clements
August 4th= Hickman County Fair @ Hickman, KY
 
Covington FFA harvests corn for Bread of Life Food Pantry Donation
Posted By: Jason Joy   6/28/2012
The Covington FFA chapter harvsted approximately 2000 ears of sweet corn as a donation to the Bread of Life Food Pantry located at First United Methodist Church of Covington. Many volunteers showed up to help with the harvest. The Covington FFA would like to thank all of the volunteers for their help and support today. Great job to everyone!
 
 
 


 

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