The state contest was held at Fort Valley State University, where the top two teams from each of the state’s six areas battled to see who would represent Georgia at the national Future Farmers of America contest in October.
Agriculture instructors Carol Cross and Michael Gardner coach the team, which has logged more than 200 hours studying, researching, and preparing for the contest.
“We were so excited when they called us out for second place,” sophomore Sara Prokosch said. “All of the other eleven teams had made it here before, including last year’s winner, East Jackson High, who finished third.
“We were the new kids, and I don’t think the other teams looked at us as a threat,” junior Wayne Manning said. ”It was the first time since 1994 that any FFA team from LaFayette made it to a state contest. We wanted to make a statement.”
“The Georgia FFA association is made up of over 35,000 members from nearly 340 chapters, making it the third largest in the United States,” senior Kolton Sosebee said. “To be able to say we are number two overall is unreal.”
FFA team members Kolton Sosebee, Ty Bearden, Wayne Manning and Sara Prokosch will be officially recognized on the grand stage at the state FFA convention in April. Sosebee will also be recognized as a top individual, finishing second overall.