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Local FFA members to be recognized in Indianapolis

INDIANAPOLIS- When the lights are dimmed and a hush descends upon an audience of more that 54,000 at the nation’s largest annual student convention Oct. 25 through Oct. 28, in Bakers Life Fieldhouse, Wilson Boyd will share the spotlight with other FFA Members as he is recognized as a FFA National Proficiency Finalist.
Boyd was selected as a Finalist in the FFA National Proficiency Award program in the area of Fiber and Oil Crop Production.
Prior to being named as a National Finalist, Boyd was named the State Winner in his area at the State FFA Convention held in April 2017 in Macon. From there, his proficiency application was sent on to Indianapolis for national judging.  
Participants in the National Agricultural Proficiency Awards program receive a rating of National Finalist, Gold, Silver, Bronze, Participant or Disqualified.  
Four “National Finalists” were selected for each of the 47 award areas and go on to compete through an interview process for a national proficiency award. These students are deemed as the top four in the nation in their area.
National Agricultural Proficiency Award winners are announced onstage Friday afternoon during the National FFA Convention. Each national finalist receives a $500 cash award and a plaque.
Also, national winners receive an additional $500 award and a plaque.
Boyd completed his Supervised Agriculture Experience program work at Boyd Farms where he works with his family. Boyd also participates in the Work Based Learning program at Screven County High School. Coverage of Boyd’s recognition can be viewed on RFDTV at 3 p.m. on Friday.
Boyd is not the only student that will enjoy time in the spotlight on the National FFA Convention stage.
Tayla Scott has been selected to perform as a National FFA Talent. The student submitted an audition CD and was one of four Georgia FFA Association members selected to entertain convention attendees.  
Scott will arrive in Indianapolis on Monday to rehearse and determine her performance time during the convention. Scott also was selected as a National FFA Talent to perform at the 2016 National FFA Convention.
Three graduates of the Screven County FFA Chapter also will be recognized at the convention.
Savannah Brannen, Alyson Pope and Emily Pope will receive their American FFA Degrees Saturday morning as a culmination of their FFA careers.
Only 1 percent of FFA members ever attain the American FFA Degree.
To be eligible, a student must have received the State FFA Degree, completed three years of Agriculture Education classes, earned and invested $10,000 in their Supervised Agriculture Experience program, completed 50 hours of community services and participated in FFA events on the local and state level. RFDTV will cover the American Degree Ceremony starting at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday.
Joining the honorees at the convention will be Screven County High FFA members Weston Boyd, Alex Buie and Caroline Burke.  
The National FFA Organization, formerly known as the Future Farmers of America, is a national youth organization of 649,355 student members- all preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business, and technology of agriculture- as part of 7,859 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.  
Visit www.ffa.org from more information.