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September 14, 2015


The National FFA Organization (FFA) has announced that Newton High School class of 2015 graduate, Paton Day, has been selected as a national finalist for the National FFA Proficiency Award in Forest Management & Products - Entrepreneurship/Placement. Day is one of only four students in the nation selected to compete for this award at the national finals, which are scheduled for Oct. 28 - 31, 2015 during the 88th National FFA Convention & Expo in Louisville, Ky.

The proficiency awards recognize outstanding student achievement in agribusiness gained through establishment of a new business, working for an existing company or otherwise gaining hands-on career experience. The Forest Management & Products - Entrepreneurship/Placement Award is one of 49 proficiency program areas FFA members can participate in to develop valuable experience and leadership skills at the local, state and national levels.

Day, a member of the Newton County FFA Chapter, became eligible for the national award after winning the Georgia state FFA competition earlier this year. In addition to attending Newton High School, Day was also a student at the Newton College & Career Academy (NCCA).

“Paton is the prime example of why agricultural education and FFA is important to student success,” said Marcus Pollard, NCCA Agriculture Instructor and FFA Advisor.  “He has taken his interests, pursued them in agricultural education classes, and succeeded in those interests on both a state and national platform.  I am very proud of Paton, who will represent Newton County well at National Convention this October.”

As a finalist, Day received a plaque and $500 from award sponsor, John Deere.  Should he win the national Forest Management & Products - Entrepreneurship/Placement Award, he would receive an additional $500 during a special ceremony at the National FFA Convention.

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About National FFA Organization
The National FFA Organization is a national youth organization of 610,240 student members as part of 7,665 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. The National FFA Organization operates under a federal charter granted by the 81st United States Congress and it is an integral part of public instruction in agriculture. The U.S. Department of Education provides leadership and helps set direction for FFA as   a service to state and local agricultural education programs. For more, visit the National FFA Organization online at, on Facebook, Twitter and the official National FFA Organization blog.


About National FFA Foundation
The National FFA Foundation builds partnerships with industry, education, government, other foundations and individuals to secure financial resources that recognize FFA member achievements, develop student leaders and support the future of agricultural education. Governed by a 19-member board of trustees comprised of educators, business leaders, individual donors and FFA alumni, the foundation is a separately-registered nonprofit organization. About 82 percent of every dollar received by the foundation supports FFA members and agricultural education opportunities. For more, visit