Agriculture Educators And FFA Members Present Plants
To Be Planted On The State House Grounds
Plant Presentation Day is an annual project of SC Association of Agricultural Educators in which spring bedding plants are contributed to landscape the State House grounds. The plants are grown by FFA members, who are enrolled in the Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources Career Clusters, as part of their hands-on-training experience.
This years ceremony was held on April 14 on the south side steps of the State House. Mr. Pat Black, former officer of the SC Agricultural Educators Association and retired Agriculture Educator at Branchville High School, presided over the event.
The program began with the posting of the colors presented by Manning FFA Color Guard members. A Manning FFA member also performed the National Anthem.
Other program participants included Aaron Wood Assistant SC Commissioner of Agriculture: Anna Catherine Wayne, President of the SCFFA Association; Courtney Barnett, Vice-President of the SCFFA Association; DeShawn Blanding, Vice President of the SCFFA Association; and Derrick Cooper, President of the South Carolina Association of Agriculture Educators.
The plants were presented to Commissioner of Agriculture Hugh Weathers; Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman; State Senator Daniel Verdin, Chairman of the Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee; State Representative David Hiott, Chairman House Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Environmental Affairs Committee and Dennis Haigler, Horticulturalist with the Division of General Services.
The Saluda High School FFA Chapter was well represented with fifteen members taking part. Troy Hudson, father of SHS FFA senior member Kaylee Hudson was also in attendance. Members enjoyed visiting with Superintendent Spearman before the event. They presented her with a potted plant grown in the SHS greenhouse.
WKA Varsity Girls Sporting Clays
Win SCISA State Championship
On Saturday, April 18th, the WKA Sporting Clays team competed in the State Championship shoot for SCISA schools, High Schools, and Shooting Clubs. This competition was held at the new Palmetto Shooting Complex in Edgefield, SC. The WKA Varsity Ladies team won the State Championship in both the SCISA and High School Divisions. Also, Senior, Jessie Eidson, was awarded a $1000 scholarship from the Hampton Wildlife Fund. Congratulations to (pictured left to right) Jessie Eidson, Coach Dan Paxton, Samantha Langford, and Nicki Boone.
Knights In Drivers Seat For Region Crown
By: Gerald Doolittle
Batesburg-Leesville, S.C. - This week the W.W. King Academy Knights of Coach Zach Matthews enter the final week of regular season play in the drivers seat of SCISA Region 2-A with a 3-0 region record and 6-4 overall.
Last week, with a 3-0 win over Richard Winn Academy, the Knights took over the region leadership over the Eagles. This week the Knights will close out the regular season with region games at Newberry Academy on Tuesday, Richard Winn on Wednesday and then close with a region home game on Thursday against Laurens Academy. Wins on Tuesday and Wednesday will clinch the regular season title and a good seeding for the playoffs.
It took two days last week for the Knights to earn the win over Richard Winn. The game started on Monday, with Jonathan Griffith on the mound for the Knights. Griffith had his strike out pitch going over his 3.1 innings of work before the rains came. He had recorded 5 strikeouts and allowed only one Eagle hit. He also had a two base hit in the third inning and scored on Graham Van Dykes double to give the Knights a 2-0 lead.
When the game resumed on Tuesday, Corbie Long took the mound in the top of the fourth inning with the Eagles having runners on first and second with only one out. He also had his strikeout pitch working and promptly struck out 2 to retire the side. Long, in his 3.2 innings of work, recorded 7 strikeouts and allowed no hits. He also walked 3 Eagles. Long had opened the game with a double, scoring the Knights first run on a wild pitch.
Alex Berry had a good game getting three base hits in his 3 for 3 game. He scored the third Knight run coming in on another wild pitch. Caleb Fulmer and Connor Fox had the other two Knight hits in the game. Fox had a sacrifice in the fourth inning to setup Berrys run.
The Knights must have good solid pitching again this final week to get over the finish line. Playing three games straight is a mighty task for a Class A school.
Knight fans are urged to follow the Knights to Newberry and Winnsboro to fire the team to victory.