Appomattox, VA - The Future Farmers of America chapter in Appomattox is officially number one in Southside Virginia. They won the title at the Virginia FFA Convention in Blacksburg last week.
Appomattox FFA brought home at least 13 awards in areas like student development, forestry and wildlife and more.
One of the most notable is their Veterinary Science Team.
While most students were sleeping in this summer, four young women were studying.
"We took flash cards with us. We carried them around and just started quizzing each other," said one of the students.
They had to memorize 200 animal breeds, 35 pet parasites and hundreds of tools.
"It's a lot of hard work and preparation," said Ed McCann.
McCann is an FFA advisor and also teaches the Veterinary Science Class.
To better prepare, some students took his course twice.
"We didn't even get credit for it the second time. I guess we just love McCann," said student Mallory Baldwin laughing.
They also had to solve math problems, perform hands on clinical's and present a research project on cat obesity.
"McCann put this book together. He did all of it," said Baldwin.
The students say McCann even made games for them to play to make studying more enjoyable.
"They pushed me. And as a professional teacher that was very exciting to see students pushing me to provide them with more resources to learn."
So when won, the girls might have been surprised, but McCann was not.
"They're very driven. I'm just fortunate that I have the opportunity to work with young individuals like this," said McCann.
The girls and other FFA winners will compete in nationals this fall. The School's Veterinary Medicine course was also recently recognized and awarded for excellence by the Department of Education.Organizations wishing to sponsor the chapter's trip to the national FFA convention should call FFA Advisor, Ed McCann at 434-352-8396.