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  THREE TEAMS, ONE DREAM
 
By: Scheri Montgomery, Dawson FFA
July 11, 2012

 
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Most schools are proud if one of their Career Development Events make it to nationals, but Florence High School managed to get all three of their teams to nationals this year. This achievement involved much hard work and dedication.

“Our job is to prepare our students in every way that we can and have constant practices, so when it’s time for competition there are no doubts or anxiety,” says Melissa Loerwald, an agriculture science teacher at Florence.

The agricultural teachers coach different teams, but still collaborate with each other to benefit the entire program, not just one area. Loerwald sees strength in certain students and directs them to the competition that best suits their strengths. As long as the Agricultural Communications, Food Technology and Milk Quality teams come together as one, they learn and benefit from one another which helps each team advance.

Tate Leatherwood, Madison Martin and Cody Earp were a few students from Florence who are advancing to the National FFA Convention. Leatherwood said he volunteered to be on the Food Technology team, because he is competitive and had already taken classes that allowed him to be experienced in the competition.

The students confessed they did get a bit nervous before going into the competition, but the “Loerwald Pep Talk” calmed their nerves and allowed them to regain confidence.

When asked about the trip to Indianapolis, the students explained they had been before, but the trip was going to be as equally exciting as their previous experience.
 
 
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