White House High FFA Members Compete Nationally- ranked 13th
Submitted: Mike Akridge WHHS FFA Advisor
White House FFA recently competed for national recognition in a career development event at the 90th National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis, Oct. 25-28. Members of the team traveled to Indianapolis to represent Tennessee and vie for national honors in the conduct of chapter meeting area. The team finished the competition ranked 13th in the nation and receiving a silver rating, barely missing the semi-finals by a few points. FFA members who represented the chapter include Riley Keller, Jacob Jenkins, Kolvin Oaks, Anneka Staley, Kenzie Lane, Conner Stewart, and Jaycee Whitaker. Mike Akridge is the chapter advisor and coach.
The National FFA Foundation and The National FFA Organization sponsor the event. Conduct of chapter meeting is one of 25 career/leadership development event areas, covering jobs skills in everything from communications to mechanics. Ninth grade FFA members are introduced to parliamentary procedure while learning how to conduct efficient meetings and building their communication skills. CDEs and LDEs help students develop the abilities to think critically, communicate clearly and perform effectively in a competitive job market. The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 649,355 student members who belong to one of 7,859 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The organization is also supported by 225,891 alumni members in 1,934 alumni chapters throughout the U.S.
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White House Heritage Marching Band Completes Another Successful Season.
The White House Heritage Band of Patriots marching band recently concluded another successful competitive season performing their show “Words”. Under the direction of J.R. Baker and Rebecca Pal the band competed in five competitions this fall at Clarksville Northeast High School, Siegel High School, Station Camp High School, Columbia Central High School and Franklin High School.
The band and percussion sections finished second in their class at three of these events, and the color guard finished third at Columbia Central’s contest. At the Clarksville Northeast contest the percussion section placed first in their class and fourth overall in the entire contest.
The band placed first in its class at the Columbia Central Marching Invitational and was also awarded a superior rating at two other different contests this year. This combination of achievement fulfills one component of the Tennessee Band Masters Sweepstakes award.
Baker said he hopes to qualify the band for this award in the spring with their performance at a regional Concert Performance Assessment event which will be held at White House Heritage High School March 13-15.
The band’s 2018 program “Words” featured a variety of music illustrating how everyone uses words to describe themselves and their world, how words are used to lift one another up, and how when words are not sufficient, that music can fill that void.
According to Field Commander and senior, Alex Copenhaver Pounds, “We all have our own special way of doing things and expressing ideas. With this show we expressed through marching and playing the thought that our differences are what we live for and that music and words alike build up the world.”
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