Barber receives FFA honor as group attends national convention

Polk County High FFA students who attended the 91st National FFA Convention and Career Expo included, back row, from left: Matt Mullis, Hunter Lynch, Nicholas Wilson and James Coffey; Front row, from left: McKenna Hill, Lacey Gosnell, Lauren Dotson and Katie Campuzano-Gomez

Polk County High School agriculture teacher Chauncey Barber received an Honorary American FFA Degree at the 91st National FFA Convention and Career Expo in Indianapolis, held Oct. 23-27.

The honor is considered the highest an agricultural teacher can receive and is awarded to “individuals who have provided exceptional service on a national level to agriculture, agricultural education or FFA. Additionally, teachers who have created high-quality agricultural education programs which inspire and motivate their students to strive for success are eligible.”

Barber and eight Polk County High School FFA students attended the national convention, where more than 64,000 high school students from across the nation and from the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico participated.

Former Owen teacher Tim Paseour, left, nominated Chauncey Barber for his
Honorary American FFA Degree

PCHS students participated in a career expo, listened to motivational speakers, attended leadership classes, a Garth Brooks concert and rodeo. The students also received a tour and a meal at the nationally known Fair Oaks Farm located in Fair Oaks, Ind.

The FFA group extends special thanks to the Polk County Farm Bureau, Carolina Farm Credit, Stott’s Ford, Nelon-Cole Pest Control, Harmon Brothers Farm, McGuinn’s Store and the families of the students for making this trip possible.