As part of the 62nd annual Watauga County Farm City Banquet, held on November 2nd, the Boone Area Chamber of Commerce awarded the L.E. Tuckwiller Award to the Watauga High School FFA. The award is presented annually by the Chamber to recognize outstanding efforts in community development.

L.E. Tuckwiller was one of Watauga County’s early Extension Agents who served the area for over 30 years. 

Watauga County is home to a rich history and strong program of the FFA. The Watauga High School chapter is the oldest in the mountains of North Carolina, and has had its charter for over 70 years. Its membership has been increasing yearly for the past three years, currently comprised of nearly 40 students.

Despite its smaller size, they have found success in many subject areas within the past several years. Two members have been elected as regional officers while another member was selected to sing in front of 67,000 people in the National Chorus.

The chapter participated in the North Carolina FFA Convention in June of 2017 in Raleigh. Watauga FFA was represented by 15 students in the state-wide event, where they earned a fifth place finish out of 24 teams in parliamentary procedure. Additionally the group competed in nursery landscape, food science, milk quality, and quiz bowl. Over 12,000 students from across North Carolina competed in the various events.

Watauga FFA has shown dedication in serving and strengthening the future agriculture in this community. On behalf of the full membership of the Boone Area Chamber of Commerce, we congratulate these fine students and wish them continued success as they help set the future of agriculture in our community. 

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