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State Champions and National Medalists for SCHS Agronomy Team

LENOIR, NC (January 16, 2019) — At the national Future Farmers of America (FFA) Convention and Expo in Indianapolis this fall, four young men serving as the North Carolina Champion Agronomy Team, proudly represented their state, the Caldwell County School System and South Caldwell High School in competition as winners of the team Silver rating and finishing 19th in the nation.

Front – From left to right: Lawton Looper, Koby Hilton, Corey Reid, Thomas Joplin, Ben Kohnle
Back – L to R: Board members Teresa Branch, Duane Knight, Ann Edwards, Tim Hawkins, Chris Bumgarner, Darrell Pennell, and Superintendent Dr. Donald Phipps

The National FFA Agronomy Career Development event recognized individual and team scores.

Ben Kohnle, agricultural education teacher at South Caldwell for 13 years and team sponsor, is teacher, coach and supporter of this winning team.

Congratulations to the outstanding performances of the South Caldwell High Agronomy team members:

Thomas Joplin, 11th grade: Bronze Medalist

Corey Reid, 12th grade: Silver Medalist

Koby Hilton, 12th grade: Silver Medalist

Lawton Looper, 12th grade: Gold Medalist

This is the first year that South Caldwell High School entered an agronomy team into competition, and they won the FFA North Carolina Champion title, USA Silver rating and finished 19th in the nation!