Members of the Polk County High FFA Chapter enjoyed successful competition as well as time spent developing character and leadership during the North Carolina FFA Camp held in mid-June at White Lake.

The chapter had three teams taking part in competitive events: Blue, Silver and White. The Blue team took top honors, with the Silver team placing fifth and the White team placing sixth.

The camp program consisted of character building, leadership and recreational activities. Each day started with students taking part in devotional, flag-raising ceremonies and calisthenics. Next, students attended leadership sessions where they enhanced their leadership skills.

The remainder of the day the students participated in competitive events including water sports (swimming, canoeing, water ball), basketball, volleyball, softball, horseshoes, shuffle board, checkers and table tennis. All activities were based on a point system and the team with the most points at the end of the week was declared the winner.

Polk County students attending the camp included:

Front row, from left: Rachel Davis, Carolina Castillo-Ibara, Sydney Waldman and Natalee Davis.

Second row, from left: Autumn Owen, Everett Gilbert, Delaney Hill, Haley Robinson, Kendall Hall, Paige Schlabach, Banks Barber, Scout Harmon, Jesus Avellaneda-Torres, Tana Harris, Karli Wood and Marilynn Castillo-Ibara.

Third row, from left: Isaac Edwards, Matt Mullis, Nick Capozzi, Evan Miller, Brady Hall, Taylor Newton, Anna McFadden, Morgan Stott, Kristen Hall, Grayson Jones, Jake Justice, Jared Wolfe and Ethan Edwards.

Back row, from left: Ben Hardin, Caleb Horton, Jackson Tipton, Kyler Scruggs, Brady Hall, Seth Hardin, Sean Hudson, Amy Chupp, Charlie McKaig, Chan Barber, Mariah Overholt, Lukas Tipton, Caleb Potter, David Horton and Weston Fisher (not pictured – Jack Derkach, Clark Phipps and Brett Phipps).