The Appling County FFD was held today at the Appling County Forestry Unit. Hosts of the event were the Appling County FFA Chapter and the Appling County Unit of the Georgia Forestry Commission. Thanks to Mr. Van Mills, Ag Ed Teacher at Appling County High School, for procuring funds for the judges' meal and the awards. Huge thanks to the Satilla District Foresters and Rangers who assisted in the Field Day!

Thanks to Mrs. Jessica Lee for her assistance in the grading room and, as usual, to Mr. Dustin O'Neal, Ag Ed Teacher from Clinch County, for collating the scorecards.

Thanks, also, to the schools in the Central Region who visited and competed in the South Region: Bleckley County, Jenkins County, Toombs County, Treutlen County, Wheeler County Middle, and Wheeler County. We appreciate you coming south and adding to the competitive experience.

There were 429 students competing on 34 Jr. and Sr. teams. Outstanding!

The weather was cloudy and cool which made for a pleasant afternoon.

The top three teams were:

Senior Division:
First Place: 846, The Wayne County FFA Chapter, Mr. Michael Kirkland, Advisor
Second Place: 809, The Echols County FFA Chapter, Mr. Hank Majeski, Advisor
Third Place: 780, The Wheeler County FFA Chapter, Mr. Bryant Oliver, Advisor

Junior Division:
First Place: 811, The Echols County Middle FFA Chapter, Ms. Shelby Corbett, Advisor
Second Place: 713, The Bleckley County FFA Chapter, Mr. Doyle Floyd, Advisor
Third Place: 565, The Appling County FFA Chapter, Mr. Ricky Barnes, Advisor

The top two individuals in each event were:

Senior Division:
Tree Identification:
1st - 100, James Allen, Brantley County
2nd - 96, Rick Vanderveen, Wayne County 

Tree Disorders:
1st - 83, Alexis Rivera, Echols County
2nd - 72, William Hinson, Wayne County

Compass and Pacing:
1st - 96, Austyn Surrency, Wayne County
1st - 96, Cody Nixon, Charlton County 

Land Measurement:
1st - 99.8, Anna Green, Treutlen County
2nd - 97.4, MacKinley Garrett, Wheeler County

Ocular Estimation:
1st - 85, Broxton Crosby, Echols County
2nd - 70, Deonjay Daniels, Tift County

Cord Volume:
1st - 92.35, Dylan Champion, Wheeler County
2nd - 83.4, Chase Thornton, Wayne County

Board Foot Volume:
1st - 81.85, Hunter Wells, Wheeler County
2nd - 76.24, Avery Wood, Echols County 

Timber Stand Improvement:
1st - 82, Brooke Smith, Echols County
2nd - 81.5, Dannon Rozier, Wayne County

1st - 93, Austin Cravey, Wayne County
2nd - 87.5, Tucker Felkins, Bleckley County

Forest Management:
1st - 98, Zack Thornton/Richie Proudfoot, Wayne County
2nd - 86.5, Nick Parks, Brantley County 

Junior Division:
Tree Identification:
1st - 89, Evan Thomas, Bleckley County
2nd - 87, Brody Cauley, Appling County 

Tree Disorders:
1st - 70, Rose Coleman, Echols County
2nd - 70, Towns Ethredge, Wheeler County Middle

Compass and Pacing:
1st - 92, Julia Smith, Clinch County
2nd - 92, Emily Culpepper, Echols County Middle

Land Measurement:
1st - 99.9, Eli Phinazee, Bleckley County
2nd - 96, Brooke Culpepper, Echols County Middle

Ocular Estimation:
1st - 94, Lindsey Herring, Echols County Middle
2nd - 86, Hadden Powell, Bleckley County

Cord Volume:
1st - 80.61, Joseph Stewart, Bleckley County
2nd - 69.54, Chris Maddox, Treutlen County

Board Foot Volume:
1st - 78.67, Heidi Jones, Echols County Middle
2nd - 75.04, Mary Beth Gillis, Brantley County

Timber Stand Improvement:
1st - 81.5, Abbi Richardson, Bleckley County
2nd - 79, Elizabeth Coleman, Echols County Middle

1st - 87, Spencer Manders, Bacon County Middle
2nd - 83.5, Jordan Nolan, Echols County Middle

Forest Management:
1st - 94, Seth DuBeis, Bleckley County
2nd - 83, Kyler Prescott, Brantley County 

Congratulations to these and all the young people who participated in the Appling County Forestry Field Day!

Danny Bartlett
Forestry Teacher
South Region Agricultural Education
ABAC 34 - 2802 Moore Highway
Tifton, GA  31793
229/386-3198 (ofc)