Cascade FFA attends state convention

Tuesday, April 3, 2018
Chapter member attending the convention included (front row, from top) Michael Gentry, Calli Gregory, Trace Taylor, Hannah Clay, Emily Yates, Hailey Stanley, Carissa Farrar, (middle row) Alex Allison, Tristan Crick, Jonathan Young, C.J. Porter, Makenzie Parker, Madelynne Carson, Ashley McDaniels, Emily Houle, Gabbie Neff, Brigette Swafford, (back row) Emma Alexander, advisors Hunter Williams and Mike Swafford, Brianna Ledbetter and Farrayn Arnold.
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During the week of March 25-28, 21 members of Cascade FFA attended the Tennessee State FFA Convention in Gatlinburg. They were among the approximately 3500 members, advisors and guest that registered for the convention. While there, members attended seven sessions and listened to the State Officer's retiring addresses, keynote speaker Patrick Grady, attended workshops and witnessed the election of the 2018-2019 state officers.

Brigette Swafford with her Middle Tennessee Star In Agriculture display.
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The chapter received five chapter awards on March 26. Emma Alexander, Trace Taylor, Emily Yates and Emily Houle represented the chapter on stage to collect certificates in the areas of: 10 percent membership increase, Superior Chapter, National Chapter-Gold, and National Chapter 2-Star. Cascade's PLOW (Passing Literacy OnWard) committee chairman, Calli Gregory, accepted the Platinum level award. Cascade was one of eight chapters to reach this level. This marked the sixth consecutive year of a Platinum rating for Cascade.

Brigette Swafford competed for the Star in Agriculture Placement. She represented Middle Tennessee FFA by completing an in-depth application describing her five years in FFA. Her application was based primarily on her involvement in goat production. While in Gatlinburg, Brigette constructed a display that described her Supervised Agricultural Experience Project. She also went through a rigorous interview process answering questions and describing her project. On Tuesday during the fifth general session, she was recognized on stage with a video and narrative highlighting her project. Brigette was joined on stage by her father and advisor, Mike Swafford; her mother, Christy Swafford; her sister, Madison Smith; and Cascade High School principal Josh Young. Before the third general session on March 26, she signed a letter of intent with Tennessee Technological University to attend and major in agriculture education this fall.

Brigette Swafford signs a letter of intent with Tennessee Technological University to attend and major in agriculture education. Letter of intent pic. Front row, from left: Christy, Mike and Brigette Swafford. Back row: TTU assistant professor O.P. McCubbins and Tennessee Assocation of Agricultural Educators president Danielle Johnson.
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Brigette Swafford and Calli Gregory received their plaques and State FFA degree pins during the ceremonies. Not in attendance, but, receiving their State FFA Degree, were Bailey Cox, Breanna Stevens, Sarah Blanche and Hannah Grace Luna.