For 10 FFA members long hours of practiced paid off as they took home their
Georgia Green Industry Junior Plant Professional Certification this past
Thursday.   FFA members that past certification include Tyson Strickland
(top individual), Tabitha Williford (2nd place high individual), Ashton
Jones, Clayton Thornton, Anna Savelle, Jessica Cox, Andrew Wade, Jordan
Wood, Brandi Bishop and Lauren Chandler.

 The Georgia Green Industry Junior Certification program consists of a
written exam and plant identification practicum. The written test is based
on the educational objectives of the Georgia Agriculture Education
horticulture curriculum and standard practices in the horticulture
industry.  To pass the written exam, a student must answer thirty-five
questions correctly. The second portion of the certification is plant
identification. Fifty plants will be displayed for students to identify.
To pass the identification, a student must identify thirty-five plants

The Junior Plant Certification exams were administered at the annual GGIA
Conference and Trade Show held at the Classic Center in Athens, Georgia.
The purpose of the junior certification is to connect students with Georgia
Green Industry linking classroom instruction directly to real life.
Additionally the certification process establishes guidelines for academic
achievement and competence while promoting students in the future of the
horticulture industry.

Fifteen other FFA members passed one of the two components of the
certification program and are half way there to being certified.
These members include Cate Buchanan, Amber Painter, Matthew Peeler, Jacob
Daniel, Brandon Eskew, Casey Cummings, Colt Spivey, Lauren Teasley, Chris
Baer, Kaci Cowan, Scott Smith, Zach Benenfield, James Craton, Tyler Frost,
and Melisa Dodd

All the scores and photos are posted on the Ag Ed Website.

Dr. Teri Hamlin
North Region Agriculture Education
Georgia Department of Education
Four Towers, University of Georgia
Athens, Georgia  30602