MILTON, Ga. — Cambridge’s FFA chapter continued to excel at the state level and captured two state championships last month. Cambridge’s Agricultural Communications team won its fourth state title, while the Agricultural Marketing team secured its first state title April 25-27 in Macon.
The Agricultural Communications team includes students Taleen Hanna, Sara Beth Goud, Sarah Beth Waller and Harrison Phillips who will attend nationals this November. Hanna was also recognized for her score on her practicum.
The Agriculture Communications team takes two tests on Associate Press style and editing. Students correct errors on a press release, sit in a press conference and perform a practicum such as writing a journalistic paper, writing an opinion piece, creating a video or creating a website.
To prepare for the state championship, the Agriculture Marketing teams spent months planning a marketing pitch/presentation with a local business. This year the Cambridge team worked at Georgia Farm and Garden Tours with Charmaine Jackson to pitch an actual service she has been brainstorming for the company.
The scoring of each pitch determines which teams will participate in nationals and earn a state champion title. Cambridge’s team of Cailey Doyle, Lucy Robbie and Jaiden Stidston were named state champions.
Cambridge’s chapter was started in 2015 by advisers Sarah Nerswick and Ashley White. Nerswick championed the creation of the chapter and its focus on the environments because she said she thinks “without agriculture we would have nothing.”
In its short history, the Cambridge chapter won national competitions in 2016 and 2017.
“It is so important our kids are so willing to jump into the unknown when it comes to FFA competitions” Nerswick said. “We know the lessons they learn at the competitions will stay with them forever.”
Cambridge’s Horse Evaluation team earned state and runner-up individual titles. The Vet Science team was state runner-up in team scores with the state’s high individual scorer.
Cambridge was also recognized in equine placement proficiency, agricultural sales proficiency and the FFA Week observance.