SC FFA Association Officers

Erica

Erica Wearing

State President

ewearin@g.clemson.edu

 

Erica is from Seneca, S.C. and is a member of the Seneca FFA Chapter. She has one older sister.

Her favorite food is home cooked fried chicken and macaroni-n-cheese. If she could travel anywhere in the world, she would choose Haiti, so she can help build up their communities and participate in impactful service projects. Her favorite activities outside of FFA are spending time with friends and family. She also sings! Erica enjoys all types of music. Of course, her favorite sports team is the Clemson Tigers!

Her SAE is in Research, Experimentation, and Agricultural Education. Her most memorable FFA activity was attending her first National Convention in Louisville.

The most important lesson that Erica has learned from her Agriculture Teacher, Christina Addis, is to always work hard and take advantage of every opportunity given to her. She also taught Erica to constantly push herself to achieve at a higher level of everything she does.

Next year Erica is attending Clemson University and majoring in Agricultural Education. She hopes to complete her master’s degree and be a high school Ag Teacher in SC. She wants her lasting contribution to the SC FFA program to be making sure every member feels they have a place to belong in the FFA.


Jessie

Jessie Comer

State Vice President

comer5@g.clemson.edu

 

Jessie is from Hickory Grove, S.C. and is a member of the York FFA Chapter. She has two sisters and a dog named Buddy.

Her favorite food is chicken strips and macaroni-n-cheese. If she could travel anywhere in the world, it would be any place outside of SC. She wants to travel the world! Her favorite activities outside of FFA are spending time with family and friends, going kayaking, and cheering on the Clemson Tigers. Jessie is a fan of all types of music but her favorite is Country. Her favorite sports team is the Clemson Tigers.

Her SAE is working at her family’s farm equipment store, Comer Equipment, in York, SC. She also helped teach the “Ag Club” at Hickory Grove Elementary School which involved preparing lesson plans, teaching lessons, and interacting with students while advocating for agriculture. Jessie’s most memorable FFA memory was hearing her name called to be a State Officer. She knew in that moment that her hard work and passion for agriculture had got her to where she is today and inspired her to serve SC.

The most important lesson that Jessie has learned from her Agriculture Teachers is to always be open to trying new things even if she have no clue what she is getting into. Those experiences will lead to the best memories that will be cherished forever.

Next year Jessie is attending Clemson University. In the future she hopes to be teaching Agricultural Education at a school in SC. She wants her lasting contribution to the SC FFA program to be positivity. She wants members to find joy and comfort in wearing their blue jackets just as much as she does. She wants to focus on her choices and make a difference with the time she has.


Payton

Payton Busbee

State Vice President

paytonalexis86@gmail.com

 

Payton is from Troy, S.C. and is a member of the Abbeville FFA Chapter. She has one brother, three sisters, and ten dogs!

Her favorite food is fried turkey. If she could travel anywhere in the world she would choose Patagonia. Her favorite activities outside of FFA are spending time with family, friends, and pets. She also loves to travel. Payton’s favorite type of music is country and her favorite sports team is the Clemson Tigers.

Her SAE is managing Bountiful Baskets; a non-profit business that grows and personally delivers baskets of produce to the elderly.

The most important lesson that Payton has learned from her Agriculture Teachers is the greatest call to leadership is unlocking the potential in others.

Next year Payton is continuing her education in Agribusiness at Clemson University. After she graduates college she hopes to build a career in agricultural sales and marketing. Also, she would like to establish a family farm. She wants her lasting contribution to the SC FFA program to be encouraging diversity within the Association by finding new ways to inspire non-traditional agriculture students and effectively communicating the opportunities available in agriculture while making all members feels included and important in the Association.


Emily

Emily McDaniel

State Vice President

enmcdaniel9@gmail.com

 

Emily is from Hartsville, S.C. and is a member of the McBee FFA Chapter. She has two sisters and a dog named Shadow.

Her favorite food is for sure ice cream. If she could travel anywhere in the world she would choose England. Her favorite activities outside of FFA are spending time with friends and family. She also enjoys playing softball, golfing, and going to church activities. Emily’s favorite type of music is country and her favorite sports team is the South Carolina Gamecocks.

Her SAE is service based. Emily spends most her time with caregiving and renovating parts of the FFA camp at Cherry Grove with her youth group. Her most memorable FFA activity was running for state officer. It was fun for her to gain friends, work hard, and put herself out there.

The most important lesson that Emily has learned from her Agriculture Teachers is you can do so many amazing things in life and great things can be expected of you in the future if you always be your best self.

Next year Emily plans on graduating high school and serving SCFFA. In the future she hopes to graduate college with her premed. She wants her lasting contribution to the SC FFA program to be inspiring members of this state to develop a love for the FFA and see how it has changed their lives.


Amanda

Amanda Taylor

State Vice President

Amandataylor4353@gmail.com


Amanda is from Beaufort, S.C. and is a member of the Battery Creek FFA Chapter. She has one brother and one sister. She also has a golden retriever named K.C. and tuxedo cat named Phineas.

Her favorite food is anything with pasta. If she could travel anywhere in the world she would choose Iceland. Her favorite activities outside of FFA are painting and drawing. She also enjoys playing softball, golfing, and going to church activities. Amanda’s favorite type of music is country and her favorite sports team is the Clemson Tigers.

Amanda’s SAE is Equine Management. She hopes to expand into large animal management now that she is in close proximity to Clemson farms. Her most memorable FFA activity was staying at the Hobcaw Barony cabins and placing in the top ten of her first year doing Wildlife CDE.

The most important lesson that Amanda has learned from her Agriculture Teachers is she is capable of anything. Next year Amanda will continue studying wildlife biology and hopes to land a summer internship. In the future she hopes to graduate from Clemson and possibly join the Peace Corps or complete a series of internships to decide how to further her studies.

She wants her lasting contribution to the SC FFA program to be creating lasting connections between members and chapters. Amanda would like to see chapters increase their involvement in CDEs and help students create bigger and better SAEs.


Mariah

Mariah Swygert

State Secretary

mswyger@g.clemson.edu

 

Mariah is from Leesville, S.C. and is a member of the Batesburg-Leesville FFA Chapter. She has one brother, two sisters, and a dog named Kasey.

Her favorite food is Italian. If she could travel anywhere in the world, she would choose Hawaii or anywhere tropical. Her favorite activities outside of FFA are spending time with friends and family. She also enjoys volunteering at her church. Mariah’s favorite music is country and her favorite sports team is the Clemson Tigers.

Her SAE is Diversified Livestock Production with chickens, barrows, and steers. Her most memorable FFA activity was presenting agriculture lessons to her local primary school’s afterschool program.

The most important lesson that Mariah has learned from her Agriculture Teachers is to always be willing to attempt new ventures even if they seem too challenging for her comfort zone.

Next year Mariah plans to maintain her grades and positively serve as a state officer. In the future she plans to graduate Clemson and begin teaching agriculture in South Carolina. She wants her lasting contribution to the SC FFA program to be encouraging all FFA members to try different opportunities they encounter because it’s the only way to grow.