SC FFA Association Officers

Cayden Gates - Checkpoint

Cayden Gates, Nation Ford Chapter

State President

Cayden is a sophomore at Clemson University. He has a passion for Agriscience, which was the focus of his SAE. He is currently researching the properties of hemp as a bio-plastic. Cayden hopes to have completed his research with hemp viability and biosynthetic plastics by the end of the year. He also hopes to have a research paper published by the time has graduated from Clemson. Cayden’s favorite memory from his Nation Ford FFA Chapter was his trip to the 2018 National Convention. He was inspired by how large the FFA truly was and that it was much more than just a high school club! One of the most valuable lessons he learned from his Agriculture teacher was that a busy life isn’t a bad thing. He learned that there we can always be bettering ourselves. In his free time, Cayden loves to read, watch the Steelers, and spend time with his friends. He hopes to visit the Mayan Ruins in the future. Cayden loves Latin American culture and seeing the ruins is a dream of his. Cayden most looks forward to the opportunity to reach South Carolina students who may not have access to agricultural education and helping them!

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Veronica Corteville, Laurens Chapter

State Secretary

Veronica is a freshman at Piedmont Tech and is anxious to begin her Vet Tech courses. She loves animals and has 5 dogs, 3 cats, 9 goats, and 2 horses! Veronica loves to show goats in her free time and it’s no surprise that her SAE was in Goat Production. The FFA activity Veronica remembers most is when her Vet Science CDE team found out they were going to Nationals. The entire team cried with joy and it’s a moment she will not forget! Veronica would like to travel to Australia one day to visit the Australia Zoo because she grew up watching Bindi Irwin. For the present, she wants to be the best state officer she can be and help others realize that no matter what background or upbringing, we are all capable of great things. Veronica feels her most valuable lesson learned from her Agriculture teacher is “don’t wait until it is too late”. She hopes to work at a large animal clinic someday and continue her love of caring for animals!

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Kinlyn Hinson, WTC-Kershaw Chapter

State Vice President

Kinlyn is currently a freshman at Clemson University studying Agriculture Education. She helps run her family farm outside of Camden and uses traditional farming methods to preserve her family’s way of farming. Her SAE was in Agribusiness and she enjoyed using traditional farm equipment rather than modern tools to continue her family’s traditional ways. Kinlyn has numerous pets including chickens, goats, horses and dogs! Her favorite thing to do in her spare time is ride her horses and plow the fields. She is a true country girl! Kinlyn’s favorite FFA activity has been hosting her FFA Chapter’s Potential Officer Workshop. It stood out to her because she was able to not only impact her chapter but her entire community. She is passionate about empowering others to reach others and impact the lives around them. She wants this belief to be her lasting contribution to the SCFFA, as well as helping people understand how important agriculture is and how important it is to our world. Kinlyn learned many things during her time in the WTC Kershaw Chapter, but the most valuable lesson was from her Agriculture teacher. She learned that “no matter the challenges that you face in life, there is always a plan and path that has been set out for you. That plan and path will be specially made to fit you.”  Kinlyn hopes to run for National FFA office in the future, as well as graduate with her Agricultural Education degree and become an Agriculture teacher and FFA Advisor. She also would love to visit Australia and experience its unique wildlife! Kinlyn’s favorite food is blue stoneground grits and her favorite type of music is country. Kinlyn plans to spend the next year on her studies, cheering on the Clemson Tigers, and serving the SCFFA and its members!

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Quinten Miller, Saluda Chapter

State Vice President

Quinten is currently a freshman at Clemson University. He loves cheering on the Tigers, going to the beach, and spending time with his friends! He also loves country music, his cat, Flicka, and eating at McDonald’s. Quinten would love to travel to Texas and visit the Fort Worth Stock Exchange. His favorite FFA memory was the 2019 Chapter banquet because it was his first time to be elected as an officer. It was rewarding for him to be rewarded for his hard work! He chose to do his SAE on poultry by raising hens and harvesting and selling their eggs. One lesson he learned during his time in the Saluda FFA Chapter was to “be quiet whenever you are not involved, speak only when it’s appropriate”. Quinten hopes to be a teacher and FFA advisor in the future. He looks forward to the memories he and his fellow FFA members are making!

 

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Elizabeth Mey, Conway Chapter

State Vice President

Elizabeth is a freshman at Clemson University majoring in agricultural education. Following college, Elizabeth wants to begin a career as an agriculture teacher and FFA advisor. Her SAE is in small animal care and poultry production. Elizabeth’s favorite FFA memory was the opportunity to go to the National FFA Convention and compete with her teammates in the National Milk Quality & Products Career Development Event. The most valuable lesson she has learned from her FFA advisors is to always be herself and never give up. Outside of the FFA, Elizabeth enjoys spending time with her friends and family and cheering on the Clemson Tigers. If she had the chance to travel anywhere in the world, Elizabeth would visit Europe and take in all of the beautiful sites found across the continent. During her year of service, Elizabeth hopes to encourage members of the SC FFA Association to step out of their comfort zones and be the best versions of their selves.

Jayla Washington - Checkpoint

Jayla Washington, Lowcountry Leadership Chapter

State Vice President

Jayla is a senior at Lowcountry Leadership Charter School. She hopes to finish her senior year and attend Alabama A&M, along with finding a student who will be passionate about continuing her SAE. Jayla’s SAE, Produce For All (aka Jayla’s Local Farm), is an entrepreneurial community service project that educates the community about fresh food availability within food deserts and food swamps, as well as providing food to local residents and soup kitchens. Her favorite memory of her time in the Lowcountry FFA Chapter was seeing the excitement of elementary children as they learned letters using pumpkins and candled fertilized chicken eggs! Jayla’s agriculture teacher instilled in her that she should never underestimate herself and helped her to have confidence in herself! In her free time, Jayla loves babysitting her nieces, playing volleyball and softball, listening to music, and watching the Cowboys or any team Lebron James is a part of! She would love to travel to Jordan and Iceland someday to dip her toe in the Jordan River and see the Aurora’s Borealis. Jayla wants to leave a lasting contribution to the SCFFA by representing minorities, as well as changing how people see community service, and educating the state about the problems of food deserts and food swamps!

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