Javier Duarte Begins Service as an Area FFA Officer

Fort Valley GA – Javier Duarte, a member of the Brooks County High School FFA chapter, began his term as the Area 5 Sentinel on August 4th and 5th, when the Georgia FFA Area Officers met for the Area Officer Training Conference.

Forty-eight new area officers from six areas of the state attended the two-day training conference held at the FFA Camp John Hope near Fort Valley. The objective was to orient the new officers to their position as area leaders. Each area team met with a member of their regional agricultural education staff, as well as the Georgia FFA leadership program specialist, FFA executive secretary, and state FFA advisor to discuss their roles and responsibilities. The officers explored their decision making process, developed a team philosophy of leadership, discovered what it means to be an ambassador for the FFA, and began setting goals for the coming year.

Throughout the school year, Javier Duarte and his fellow officers will have the opportunity to represent Area 5 FFA members at a variety of teachers meetings, career development events, leadership conferences and area training activities.

Aubrey Hererra recent graduate of Brooks County High School and FFA Member was just awarded an internship with the U.S. Forest Service through the American Youth Conservation Corps this Summer. Aubrey will be stationed at the 6 Rivers National Park , which is a one million acre park in Orleans, California.

YCC members will work on a variety of projects that help protect, preserve, and restore the natural, cultural, and historic resources of the Forest Service and participating partners. Participants work hard, sometimes in difficult conditions including deep mud, heat, and mosquitoes and flies. Examples of projects may include:

Restoration/ Repair/ Construction Projects

  • Trail Construction
  • Campsite Restoration
  • Fence Construction
  • Boardwalk Repair
  • Bridge Construction
  • Historic Structures
  • Boundary Marking Signage

Preservation Projects

  • Historic Buildings
  • Exotic Plant Removal to Protect Native Plants
  • Reclamation of Hazardous Abandoned Building Materials
  • Stream Restoration
  • Trail Demolition

Aubrey was one of 50 applicants selected form over 1000 entries from across the United States to participate in this program.

Aubrey is a member of the Brooks County High School FFA Chapter where she serves as Chapter Secretary. Preferences for this program is given to students with Agriculture Education Program Training . Aubrey is a member of FFA Forestry Team, Environmental Natural Resource Team, and Participated in FFA Job Interview. Aubrey plans to attend Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College where she will major in Natural Resource Management. Her FFA Advisor is Matt Howell.

Chad Schneider
Ag Instructor/ FFA Advisor
Brooks County High School
1801 Moultrie Highway
Quitman, GA 31643
229.263.8923 School
229.834.6859 Mobile