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(L-R): Brandon Johnson, Amirah Ruffin, Haley Kneece and Jerquis Miller

Newton County High School students who attend Newton College and Career Academy recently won the State FFA Horse Judging Career Development Event.  The event was held at Fort Valley University on Saturday February 9th 2013.

Team members Amirah Ruffin, Haley Kneece, Brandon Johnson and Jerquis Miller will compete for national honors at the National FFA Convention in Louisville, Kentucky, in October. The team is coached by Kelly Smith, Agriculture Teacher and FFA Advisor at Newton College and Career Academy.

The Horse Judging Career Development Event advances the knowledge of agricultural education students about the selection and management of horses.  Participants in the event judge classes of horses, give oral reasons for class placings and take a written examination.

FFA is a national organization of over 449,000 members preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture.  FFA is an integral part of the agricultural education program in public schools.  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.