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SC FFA Association Officers

Philip RhodesPhilip Rhodes
State President
phrhode@g.clemson.edu

Philip is from Calhoun Falls, S.C. and is a member of the Calhoun Falls FFA Chapter. He has three sisters and a pet goat named “Rocky”.

 His favorite food is barbequed ribs. If he could travel anywhere in the world, he would choose Japan. His favorite activities outside of FFA are hunting, fishing, and working on the Redneck Ranch. Philip enjoys country music. Of course, his favorite sports team is the Clemson Tigers!

His SAE was in Outdoor Recreation, working with the group, Faith Hunters for Youth. His most memorable FFA activity was attending the Washington Leadership Conference.

The most important lesson that Philip has learned from his Agriculture Teacher, Nancy McCannon, is to be the best that you can be because that is all you can ask for.

Philip is attending Clemson University, majoring in Agricultural Education. He hopes to be a future Ag Teacher. He wants his lasting contribution to the SC FFA program to be to encourage everyone to be the best they can be and impact every member possible with the positive message of FFA.

Matthew BonnetteMatthew Bonnett
State Vice President
Mtbmouse99@gmail.com

Matthew is from Little Mountain, S.C. and is a member of the Lexington Richland Five FFA Chapter. He has a sister and shares his home with five dogs.

His favorite food is venison. If he could travel anywhere in the world, Matthew would like to visit Africa. He enjoys listening to country music. Outside of his FFA activities are hunting and hanging out with friends.  He roots for the Clemson Tigers.

Matthew's SAE were Placements on corn farming, Small Vegetable Production and a Placement with the National Wild Turkey Federation. His most memorable FFA activities were competing in Agricultural Mechanics at the National FFA Convention and this year’s state convention.

The most valuable lesson that he has learned from his Agriculture Teachers, Kevin Sox, Sim Asbill and Jessica Jones, is to outwork those around you and never give up.

Matthew is looking forward to attending Clemson University. He wishes for his lasting contribution to be inspiring others to run for office and show how the state officers are just people.

Samantha ParkerSamantha Parker
State Vice President
Sp2347@anderson4.org

Samantha is from Anderson, S.C. and is a member of the Pendleton FFA Chapter. She has two brothers and shares her time with her dog and two horses.

Her favorite food is pasta, and she enjoys listening to all types of music. If she could travel to anywhere in the world, she would like to visit Europe. Her favorite activity outside of FFA is horseback riding. Her favorite sports team is the Clemson Tigers.

Her SAE was Equine Management, teaching riding lessons. Samantha's most memorable FFA activity so far, is attending Equine Camp. The most valuable lesson that she has learned from her Agriculture Teachers, Blake Berry and Ashley Priester, is to always expect the best from herself.

Samantha plans to attend Clemson University next year and wants to continue to work with horses. She wants her lasting contribution to the SC FFA program to be encouraging other members to grow.

Lauren KirkleyLauren Kirkley
State Vice President
Lckirkley11@icloud.com

Lauren is from McBee, S.C. and is a member of the McBee FFA Chapter. She has a brother and a sister. She has four dogs, five horses, and 2 cats.

Her favorite type of food is Mexican, and she enjoys listening to country music. If she could travel to anywhere in the world, she would like to visit Germany. Her favorite activity outside of FFA is playing volleyball. Her favorite sports teams are the Clemson Tigers and the Buffalo Bills.

Lauren's SAE involved working in a local restaurant. Her most memorable FFA activity so far, was this year’s state convention, running up on stage with her five new “brothers and sisters”. The most valuable lesson that she has learned from her Agriculture Teacher, Pat Earle is that there is no growth in your comfort zone.

She hopes to attend Clemson University next year, majoring in Communication. She wants her lasting contribution to the SC FFA program to be leaving the program better than she found it.

Christle TindallChristle Tindall
State Vice President
scffachristle@gmail.com

Christle is from Orangeburg, SC and is a member of the Edisto FFA chapter. She has a brother and a boxer named “Lexie”.

Her favorite food is chicken. She enjoys pop and country music. Her favorite activity outside of FFA is clogging. If she could travel anywhere in the world, she would like to visit Hawaii. She roots for her favorite team, the Clemson Tigers.

Christle's SAE was working for a florist. Her most memorable FFA activities were attending National Convention and bring elected as a state officer at the state convention. The most valuable lesson that she has learned from her Agriculture Teacher, Travis Ard, was to strive for progress, not perfection.

She plans on being a part of the Clemson University Bridge Program, attending Orangeburg County Technical College and eventually becoming an Agriculture Teacher. On her lasting contributions to SC FFA, she wants the members to remember to always be YOU and never let your comfort zone keep you from being successful.

Allison HarmanAllison Harman
State Secretary
aharman@g.clemson.edu

Allison is from Leesville, SC and is a member of the Gilbert FFA. She has brother and a sister. She also has a dog, Snickers, and lots of cows.

Her favorite food is tacos. She enjoys listening to country music. She cheers for her favorite team, the Clemson Tigers. Outside of FFA activities, Allison enjoys showing cows and singing.

Allison's SAEs were Beef Cattle Production, raising layer hens, and agricultural education. Her most memorable FFA activity was running for state office. The most valuable lessons that she has learned from her Agriculture Teacher, Derrick Cooper, were the importance of communication and never taking “no” for an answer.

Allison will be a sophomore at Clemson University in the fall, with the future goal of pursuing a Masters Degree. She wants her lasting contribution to the SC FFA program to be ignite a passion for the agriculture industry and to inspire FFA members to shoot for the stars.