SC FFA Association Officers

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Kylie Cathcart

State President

 

Kylie is a member of the Lexington-Richland 5 FFA Chapter.

Kylie has two brothers and a dog named Saige. Her favorite food is fried chicken from Kwik Way.  Her favorite activates outside of the FFA is to ride horses, dance (clogging specifically), and spend time outdoors with friends. Her favorite music is classic country and her favorite sports team is Clemson. She would travel to Ireland if she could travel anywhere in the world. If she had to be one farm animal she would choose a goat.

Her SAE is showing meat goats through her high school with the 4H/FFA Meat Goat Project. She raised and trained goats to compete at shows across the state. Kylie has also served as a mentor for younger students in the program and worked with her community to gain support for her program and suburban agriculture.

Kylie’s most memorable FFA activity this far is when she was a freshman and competed in the Poultry CDE. It was her first ever competition and they won state. It was the moment Kylie realized she wanted to continue her journey in the FFA. Her most valuable lesson she has learned from a Agriculture Teacher is to not try and be anyone else – find out who you truly are and own it! Also, to never commit to anything if you’re only going to commit halfway and do everything with everything you have.

Her future plans are to attend Clemson University this year majoring in Agricultural Education. In five years, she hopes to have a job as a high school Agricultural teacher and FFA advisor. She wants her lasting contribution to the SCFFA program to be helping members find their passion and discover their leadership potential.

 

 

Virginia Kackley

State Vice President


Virginia is a member of the Ashley Ridge FFA Chapter.

Virginia has one older brother and one younger sister. She has a cat named sugar. Her favorite type of food is baby back ribs and tacos. Her favorite music is country or Disney hits. Virginia’s favorite sports team is the Virginia Tech Hokies. If she could travel anywhere in the world she would go to Sydney, Australia.

Her favorite thing to do outside of the FFA is to swim, play board games, and volunteer in the community. If she had to be a farm animal she would choose a pig – she says she would choose a pig because she is messy, eats all the time, and snorts when she laughs hard enough.

Virginia’s SAE is Agricultural Communication. She strives to inform all members in her community about agricultural opportunities that are available to the,. She created an event for her school as well as community designed to host a day of fun for adults and children in which they could engage and learn about local agriculture.

Virginia’s most memorable FFA activity was participating in her SAE. She enjoyed designing, planning, and putting on a successful event in her community. The most valuable lesson she has learned from an Agriculture Teacher is how to go with the flow and take every opportunity life throws at you.

Her future plans are to attend a land grant university for something in the Agricultural field of study. In five years, she hopes to have completed her undergraduate degree and be enjoying a new career. She wants her lasting contribution to the SCFFA program to be encouragement of members to step outside of their comfort zone. She wants members to know its okay to be goofy as long as you are having fun and making the most out of what you’ve been given.

 

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Cooper Brown

State Vice President

 

Cooper is a member of the Wagner-Salley FFA Chapter.

Cooper has one brother, a bloodhound named Beau, and a cat named Maddie. His favorite food is spaghetti. His favorite music country bluegrass and southern gospel. Cooper’s favorite sport teams are the Clemson Tigers, Atlanta Braves, and the Wagener-Salley War Eagles.

If he could travel anywhere in the world it would be the Cheyenne Frontier days rodeo in Wyoming, Almond Farms in California, Cotton Farms in Texas, and Dairy Farms in New York. Cooper’s favorite thing to do outside of the FFA is to hang out with his family and ride around his hometown with his friends. If he had to be any farm animal he would be a bull so he could see why they are always crazy and never cooperate.

Cooper’s SAE is Diversified Agricultural Production. His most memorable FFA activity was watching his little brother, Lance, win Greenhand Creed speaking CDE at the State Convention this past year. The most valuable lesson he has learned from an Agriculture teacher is to always be himself because no one else can. Also, no matter what goes on God has a bigger plan.

Next year Cooper plans to attend Piedmont Technical College to get his associate degree in Science so he can transfer to Clemson University to graduate in Agricultural Education. In five years he plans on teaching Agricultural Education in South Carolina and having a small row crop farm. Cooper would like his lasting contribution to the SCFFA to be reminding members to always be yourself and to try and make someone smile at all time because you never know what someone might be going through and you might be the sunshine on their rainy day.

 

Matthew Brownlee

State Vice President

 

Matthew is a member of the Laurens FFA Chapter.

Matthew has one sister. He has a lot of chickens and a few pigs as pets. His favorite type of food is steak and his favorite sports team is the Clemson Tigers. His favorite genre of music is country. If he could travel anywhere in the world he would hike the Appalachian Mountains. Matthew’s favorite thing to do outside of the FFA is enjoy life’s great gift – the outdoors. He loves to spend time with family and friends and also hunting and fishing. If he had to be any farm animal he would choose an owl.

Matthew’s SAE is Diversified Agriculture Production. His most memorable FFA activity has been the Commissioner School of Agriculture held at Clemson University. He attended his junior year of high school and it transformed his FFA career. Matthew met lifelong friends and found the desire to go into teaching as a lifelong career.

The most valuable lesson Matthew has learned from his Agriculture Teacher is that life is in session and you can’t just let life happen to you, you have to make life happen. He also learned to be on time, make good decisions, appreciate the little things, and keep pushing forward.

Matthew’s future plans is to continue to spread love for teaching throughout his college career and transfer to Clemson University after technical college to purse his Masters in Ag Ed. In five years he would like to become an Agriculture Education teacher and transform lives in the agriculture industry just like his was changed.

He wants his lasting contribution to the SCFFA to be one of representation His wish is to represent the CFFA for the next year and spread love of agriculture. He wants members to experience the life changing moments of the organization that he experienced.

      

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Jake Faulkner

State Vice President

 

Jake is a member of the Indian Land FFA Chapter.

He has 1 brother and a dog named Teddy. Jake’s favorite food is Chick-fila-A and his favorite music is bluegrass and classic country. His favorite thing to do outside the FFA is to attend his favorite sports team, the Clemson Tigers, football games. If he could travel anywhere in the world it would be New Zealand. If he had to be a farm animal he would choose a cow.

Jake’s SAE is placement in agritourism at the Ivy Place Farm in Van Wyck, SC. His most memorable FFA activity is the State Convention where he was chosen to be a SC FFA State Officer.

The most valuable lesson Jake has learned from his Agriculture Teacher is how to be an effective and good teacher. His future plans is to continue his education at Clemson University. In five year he would like to be teaching agriculture in South Carolina. Jake wants his lasting contribution to the SCFFA to be making every member he encounters feel valued.

 

 

Sydney Gambrell

State Secretary

 

Sydney is a member of the Pendleton FFA Chapter.

She has three dogs, Cleo, Sammy, and Ozzy. Her favorite food is Japanese and sushi. Her favorite singers are Kacey Musgraves, Fleetwood Mac, and Miley Cyrus.  Her favorite thing to do outside the FFA is to create art that reflects her passion for agriculture and the FFA. She also enjoys traveling with her best friends – her parents.

If she could travel anywhere she would go to Venice, Italy to ride a gondola with her parents. She isn’t really a sports fan and prefers watching dance competitions and recitals. If she had to be any farm animal she would choose a Sheep dog. Sheep dogs are sweet but determined to get everything done.

Sydney’s SAE is Agricultural Education. Her most memorable FFA activity so far is teaching her local elementary fifth grade class agricultural based curriculum through her Supervised Agricultural Experience. She found her passion in education through her latest agricultural education SEA during her last semester in Pendleton’s FFA Chapter. The most valuable lesson Sydney learned from Mr. Berry is to be unapologetically nit-picky and strive for perfection, even when that’s not possible. He has taught her that no goal is too big or bold if you set your mind to it.

Sydney’s future plans are to attend Winthrop University to work towards a Bachelors of Fine Arts. In five years, she hopes to become a stable and successful artist while also potentially being in a classroom environment. She plans to earn a Master’s Degree and potentially a Doctorate. Her dream job is to become an educator and advocate for personal development while also creating art.

Sydney wants her lasting contribution to the SCFFA program to be creating relationship and bonds with as many students as possible. She wants to inspire others to serve whole heartedly beside her. She hopes to share her personality, passions, and values with all the members.

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