Legislators Appreciation Day



 Columbia, SC….Eighteen Saluda High School agricultural education students attended the SC FFA-sponsored State Legislators Appreciation Ceremony in Columbia on February 22.


            The students were accompanied by Amanda N. Crouch, agricultural education instructor and FFA advisor at Saluda High School, Ben Webb, health/physical education instructor and coach at Saluda High School, and Whitney Moore, guidance counselor at Saluda High School.


            The day began with a visit to Representative Cal Forrest.  Next, the group talked with Senator Shane Massey in his office building conference room and then moved on to meet with Senator Floyd Nicholson.


            The Saluda Chapter then had the special opportunity to talk with our very own, Molly Mitchell Spearman, State Superintendent of Education.  Chapter members were interviewed by her for a State Department of Education video and then posed for pictures with her at the front of the Capital.


            Next, the group joined with 1000 other FFA members, supporters, and guests for a ceremony on the State House steps where they heard from Commissioner of Agriculture, Hugh Weathers, and also Chairman of the House Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Environmental Affairs Committee, David Hiott.



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 generally runs from Saturday to Saturday, and encompasses February 22, Washington’s birthday.


The FFA positively influences the young people of America by developing character and leadership skills, and preparing members for successful careers.  FFA members are the leaders of tomorrow. Through agricultural education and hands-on learning, FFA members are preparing for more than 300 career opportunities in the food, fiber and natural resources industries of agriculture. With more than 610,000 members, the organization has a history of service and a legacy of leadership.