As the annual Mountain State Fair rolled around, Future Farmers of America (FFA) put the final touches on their display. This display represented each career and technical education (CTE) subject taught in each school.

Every year the fair has been in town, FFA has entered the competition against other Henderson and Buncombe County Schools. West Henderson took first place, having competed against nine other schools this year. This was only the second year they have won first place out of the 25 years they have entered.

In order to earn this award they were required to create a display tying the fair theme with all of the CTE classes represented in the display. FFA decided to celebrate the State Fair’s 25th anniversary with balloons, present boxes and fair tickets from the past 25 years.

“Having won only once before, this year was very exciting,” said West Henderson FFA instructor Joe Taylor.

Senior Lynsey Livingston got to share in the excitement as well, helping in the creation and execution of the display.

“I had everything planned out,” said Lynsey Livingston, “I had a vision in my head and we laid it all out and won.”

With lots of help from her mother and her fellow FFA members, Livingston worked all summer putting the display together.

“I was very excited to win,” Livingston said. “In my past three years in FFA we had never won, so to get that opportunity my senior year was a great feeling.”

FFA is an important part of West Henderson High School, as it teaches students valuable leaderships skills and opens many doors of opportunity for future careers.

“Being an officer for FFA means I  have to set an example and be a leader for this school,” junior Jackson Chandler said.

By: Mia McCall, Feature Writer

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