Grown Here at Home: JRHS FFA named number one FFA program in Virginia

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BLACKSBURG, Va. (WDBJ7) Students in the James River High School FFA hit the road -- putting their best foot forward as they competed at the Virginia FFA State Convention at Virginia Tech.

When it was all said and done the kids walked away with several awards and some even took home the state title.

Bailey Marshall walked away as the state champ in the Employment Skills Leadership Development Event. She'll now go on to represent Virginia at the National FFA Convention in Indiana.

Daniel Holter was named the state champion in the Virginia FFA Talent Event after singing "Get Along" by Kenny Chesney.

Plus, Ryan Borer received the champion title in the Junior Livestock Evaluation Career Development event.

Also, for the second year in a row, the James River High School FFA Chapter was named the number one FFA program in Virginia.

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Here’s the news release from the James River High School FFA:

James River FFA experienced a remarkable week at the 92nd Annual Virginia FFA State Convention held June 18th - 21st on the campus of Virginia Tech. With fifteen students in attendance, James River FFA competed in four state level Career Development Events and one Leadership Development Event. By the final session of convention, James River FFA walked away with three state champions and multiple chapter accolades. Mason Sowers, 2017 James River FFA graduate and 2017-2018 Virginia FFA State Secretary worked with his fellow teammates to plan and carry out the convention as one of his final duties as a Virginia FFA State Officer.

For the second year in a row, James River FFA was named the number one FFA program in Virginia. To add to this honor, the chapter was also recognized as the top chapter in the state in two of the three FFA Program of Activities areas: Growing Leaders and Building Communities.

James River also received a gold rating for the National Chapter Award, Superior Chapter Award, and Public Relations Award.

Our members also experienced much success at the Virginia FFA State Convention. Bailey Marshall placed first and was named the State Champion in the Employment Skills Leadership Development Event. Bailey now has the opportunity to represent Virginia in the national event held this October during the National FFA Convention and Expo in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Daniel Holter placed 1st and was named the State Champion in the Virginia FFA Talent Event after singing “Get Along” by Kenny Chesney. Daniel performed on stage during the 4th session of the Virginia FFA State Convention performing to over 1,200 FFA members, advisors, and guests.

Ryan Borer also became a State FFA Champion by placing 1st in the junior Livestock Evaluation Career Development Event. All of our state champions were recognized on stage during the convention.

Additional chapter accomplishments include:
* Four Virginia FFA State Degree Recipients - Skyler Camper, Olivia Gilliam, Jarrod Hix, and Tyller Roney
* Bailey Marshall placed 2nd in the Virginia FFA Talent Event.
* Ellie Holter, Morgan Marshall, Andrew Newcomb, and Ainsley Simmons placed 4th as a team in the Environmental and Natural Resources Career Development Event. Ainsley placed 5th individually.

Additional students who participated in events at the state level include:
* Agronomy Career Development Event - Jeff Bower, Jacob Fowler, Daniel Holter, and Kevin Theimer.
* Dairy Evaluation Career Development Event - Amanda Garrison, Brian Howard, Peyton Reese, and Marcy Sowers.