SCPS takes top honors at the Virginia FFA Convention

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Shenandoah County Public Schools students recently competed and excelled at the 97th annual Virginia FFA State Convention held at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg.

Shenandoah County brought home the top chapter in the state for both high school and middle school categories with Central and Signal Knob earning the honors.

Central competed against 188 chapters around the state for the competition which looks at all activities conducted by the chapter throughout the year.

The contest was divided into three areas including Growing Leaders, Building Communities, and Strengthening Agriculture.

Central won first place in the northern area for Growing Leaders.

Strasburg High School also was named a Superior Chapter with a gold rating and ranked in the top 10% of chapters in the state.

Individual State Winners will represent the Commonwealth at the National FFA Convention held November 1-4th in Indianapolis.

Some of those first place winners include Central’s Tavion Dodson in Poultry Evaluation and Strasburg’s Marketing Plan team of Kerrigan Bauserman, Hannah Fisher, and Tinleigh Rusher.

Bauserman also won first place in Agricultural Sales Proficiency.

To view SCPS press release on the results, click here.

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4-H and FFA begin accepting scholarship applications

Shenandoah County 4-H and the FFA announced a scholarship opportunity for local high school students.

The 4-H/FFA Dairy Scholarship is available to any current Shenandoah County high school student, grades 9 through 12, and college or vocational school students, who are now, or have been, members of 4-H or FFA.

These scholarships are funded through Shenandoah County 4-H and FFAs sales of gallons of milk during their annual livestock sale.

Entrants for the scholarship do not need to study a dairy related field with the funds but those in dairy studies, agriculture or ag communications will receive heavy consideration.

All applications are due by midnight of June 4th.

This is an annual scholarship opportunity and students may reapply even if they have entered in previous years.

For a link to the scholarship form, click here.

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4-H Dairy Club Endowed Scholarship

Current or former Shenandoah County 4-H and FFA members are eligible to apply for the 4-H Dairy Club Endowed Scholarship to further their education. Any area of study will qualify. Preference is given to candidates who have dairy experience. Forms are due May 15 and are available from your School Guidance Department, FFA Advisors, the Shenandoah County Office of Virginia Cooperative Extension, and are available on the Virginia Cooperative Extension website:
Call (540) 459-6140 for more information.
Virginia Cooperative Extension is a partnership of Virginia Tech, Virginia State University, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and local governments. Its programs and employment are open to all, regardless of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, military status, or any other basis protected by law.
If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services, or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact Carol B. Nansel, Extension Agent, 4-H, at the Shenandoah County Office of Virginia Cooperative Extension, at (540) 459-6140 during business hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.

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Clarke County FFA holds a coat drive

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In an email from Clarke County it was announced that the Clarke County Future Farmers of America (FFA) are holding a coat drive.

New and gently used coats and jackets of any size can be dropped off at either Clarke County High School or at Johnson Williams Middle School’s Agriculture Department.

Coats and jackets can also be dropped off at the Farmer’s Daughter at 8204 John Mosby Hwy. Boyce through Feb. 25 at all locations.

Coats and jackets will be available to those in need in Clarke County.

Contact FFA advisors Emily Bucklew or Shanan Hambrick at or respectively.

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Shenandoah 4-H offers scholarship

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Shenandoah County 4-H past and present Future Farmers of America (FFA) members are eligible for a scholarship.

The scholarship is 4-H Dairy Club endowed and meant to further education.

Preference is given to candidates who have dairy experience but any area of study will qualify.

Applications are available from school guidance departments, FFA advisors or the Shenandoah County Office of Virginia Cooperative Extension.

Applications must be submitted by May 15.

More information and applications are available here or by calling (540) 459-6140.

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