By Charvon Taylor, Staff Writer
Hailee Campbell, a recent Woodruff High School graduate, has received the Region One Star Farmer award from the Future Farmers of America (FFA).
FFA is a youth organization designed to prepare members for leadership opportunities and careers in science, technology, agriculture and agribusiness. FFA offers hands on experiences to change lives through personal growth, agriculture education, leadership development, and goal attainment. This award is very prestigious and given to one person in each region.
Campbell has been a member of FFA for three years and has experienced many amazing opportunities during her participation. Some of the experiences she has had include representing FFA at the South Carolina State Fair, the South Carolina General Assembly, in 4-H activities, and much more. Participating in FAA has expanded her perspective about things, and “it made me stick out,” said Campbell.
Campbell plans to continue participating in FFA beyond high school graduation because of the valuable role FAA has played in her life. Engaging in activities with FAA refocused her energy and attention on positive things. Campbell plans to attend the University of South Carolina-Upstate in the fall.
Elizabeth Morton is a teacher at RD Anderson (RDA), the FFA advisor, and lifetime member of FFA. Morton has worked at RDA for 4 years and taught Campbell for three.
Because of FFA, Morton learned communication and leadership skills which lead her to being the South Carolina State FFA president in 1995.
Morton selected Campbell for this award because Campbell works with her family’s cattle, takes a lot of pride in her pride in her personal growth and development, and always does her best. “Hailee is a natural leader and well deserving of the award,” said Morton.