FFA Story Contest

From parent to child, generation after generation, family legends are passed on. Sometimes during special occasions and sometimes at times of loss, we share stories of loved ones, past and present. These personal stories, especially those that reflect the struggle and triumph of West Virginians who have forged out a life from the land itself, are invaluable. So many of our family histories overlap and intersect and reflect a common journey.

For the past three years, FFA students have been invited to submit family stories depicting rural life from the 20th century. A select handful of submissions were chosen for their special sense of time and place, and for capturing a quintessential aspect of West Virginia farm life.

1st Place

A Farmer’s Perspective, Easier Said than Done
Mikenze Poling, Upshur FFA

2nd Place

The Promise and Life Lesson
Kelsey Gatens, Buffalo FFA

3rd Place

The Work Horse and Our Heritage
Jacob Easton
Buffalo FFA

Honorable Mentions

Life on the Farm was Rough
Chris Goldsmith, Upshur FFA

Farmers had to be their own Mechanics
Brennah Turner, Cabell FFA

My Grandma, Velora Lane
Hillary Lane, FFA

Click here to read the other entries


A Farmer’s Perspective, Easier Said than Done

My uncle, a city boy, who occasionally spent summers on a family farm fancied himself a farmer. Although Grampy had been raised on a farm he mostly was responsible for the growing and harvesting of crops. Neither of these two had  experience with cattle, but together they embarked on a joint farm venture. Included in […]