Scholarship Winners

Four FFA Members presented with scholarships at the State Fair

SC Association of Fairs (SCAF) presented four Agricultural Education students a $500 scholarship for their excellence in Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE), FFA Leadership, School and Community Activities and Scholastic Ability. The students were presented with the scholarship by Nancy Smith, President of the SCAF, during the 2017 South Carolina FFA Day at the State Fair in Columbia before a statewide audience of FFA members, agricultural educators, and agricultural industry leaders.

Hayden Lafontaine is a member of the Barnwell County FFA Chapter. As chapter Secretary, he has been involved with many FFA local and state events. His FFA involvement and SAE experiences including growing and selling vegetables, working at Palmetto Pride Deer Processing and Hayden also built a recycling bin for his school. Hayden would like to major in forestry at Horry Georgetown Tech after graduation and then transfer to Clemson University. His advisor is Mrs. Mindy Sandifer.

Abigail (Abby) Lewandowski is a member of the Crestwood FFA Chapter and serves as Chapter President. Abby’s involvement is abundant in many FFA events on the local, state and national levels. She has been involved in vegetable production and mentoring of many elementary school students. She has planted gardens, establish landscapes, erected fences with these children to establish a love for nature and agriculture. Abby plans to attend Clemson University and major in Agriculture Education. Her advisor is Mr. Jason Gore.

Gracie Herrin is a member of the Strom Thurmond FFA Chapter. As chapter President, she helps coordinate and plan all chapter activities, while working on the family’s Egg production farm and working at Titan Farm. She has many jobs there including sales, quality control and Human Resources duties. She has been involved in many different FFA activities at every level the FFA has to offer. Gracie would like to attend Clemson University and major in Agriculture Business. Her advisors are Mrs. Darla Steel and Mr. Jeremy Brooks.

Jill Shoolbred is a member of the Belton Honea Path FFA Chapter. She is very active not only in her FFA Chapter as President but also is a member several school and community organizations. Her SAE consists of working with Goats, Chickens and Horses. Working with the horses in their rehabilitation has had the largest impact on Jill. She plans to attend Tri County Tech and transfer to Clemson and obtain a degree in Agriculture. Jill’s advisors are Glenn Stevens and Ben Woody.