Twenty one Saluda High School agricultural education students attended the SC FFA-sponsored State Legislators Appreciation Ceremony in Columbia February 21.


            The students accompanied by Amanda N. Crouch, agricultural education instructor and FFA advisor at Saluda High School, Coach Ben Webb and Guidance Counselor Whitney Moore, began the day by visiting with State Senators Shane Massey and Floyd Nicholson.  We thanked them for their support of Agricultural Education and learned about current issues that the State Assembly is discussing.


            Following the visits, the group joined approximately 1,300 other FFA members and advisors from throughout South Carolina on the north steps of the State Capitol for a special recognition ceremony. The event was started with the FFA opening ceremonies. The group was lead in prayer and then heard a wonderful rendition of the National Anthem.


            Representative and Speaker of the House, Jay Lucas, was presented with the John W. Parris Agricultural Leadership Award.  Speaker Lucas is a great friend and supporter of Agricultural Education and the FFA. The John W. Parris Agricultural Leadership Award is the most admired recognition presented by the South Carolina Association of Agricultural Educators. 


            Molly Spearman, State Superintendent of Education, applauded the FFA organization for their hard work and concern for the welfare of the community. She also stated that she is a firm believer in Career and Technical Education and how students learn citizenship and leadership in classes such as Agricultural Education.


            Commissioner Hugh Weathers, SC Commissioner of Agriculture, presented the Governors Proclamation to the State FFA Officers on behalf of Governor McMaster. This was in recognition of National FFA Week February 17-24, 2018.


            State Senator Daniel B. Verdin, of Laurens, Chairman of the Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee and State Representative David R. Hiott, of Pickens County, Chairman of the House Agriculture, Natural Resources & Environmental Affairs Committee, both gave remarks to the FFA members in attendance and presented a Resolution of Recognition and Commendation to the State FFA Officers on behalf of all the members of the SC General Assembly.


            Superintendent of Education, Molly Spearman and retired Agricultural Education Teacher, Mr. Cleveland Jackson, were presented the Honorary American Degree on behalf of the National FFA Organization. This prestigious award is reserved for those individuals who have gone beyond the call of duty to promote and support the mission of the FFA at the local, state and National levels. This prestigious award is considered to be among the top Agricultural awards available in America.



            The week of George Washington’s birthday was designated as National FFA Week in 1947 at a National FFA Board of Directors meeting. FFA Week always runs from Saturday to Saturday and encompasses Washington’s Birthday.