Marshall Technical School (MTS) is home to an award-winning Future Farmers of America (FFA) program.

FFA Advisor Andrew Brock said MTS FFA student members recently earned a total of nine state banners, four chapter awards and six state degrees at the Alabama State FFA Convention held in Auburn.

“These students have put in a lot of hard work, studying and practicing on their own time,” Brock said. “I am proud that all of that work has paid off.”

The FFA Ag Construction team, including Tristian Clark, Nick Knepper, Hunter Riddle and Justin Allen, won the state championship competition – state is the highest level of competition for construction.

Garret Haynie and Rylee Shell were also named state champions in their respective proficiency award areas, Brock said. Garret won the Home and Community Development Award area, and Rylee won the Outdoor Recreation Award area. Both will advance to National Judging at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Tristian Clark, Everett Wayne Thompson and Hunter Riddle also had proficiency awards that received banners and recognition for placing inside the top four at the state level.

Brock said his chapter also received “gold” honors for its National Chapter Award, which would advance to National Judging.

Additionally, Brock said, the chapter was recognized for a Building Our Alabama Communities Award, 100% Membership Award and State Superior Chapter Award.

Tristian Clark, Wayne Thompson, Rylee Shell, Garret Haynie, Osvaldo Pacheco and Xavier Jesus Torres also earned their Alabama FFA Degrees.

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