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FFA’s Emma Long competes at national convention


Emma Long performs her original song “Sacred Ground,” on the big stage at Bankers Field House in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Submitted by Cassidy Byess

Agriculture Teacher & FFA Advisor

Pickens High School

National FFA Convention is the annual convention held each year in Indianapolis. It is the one time each year that thousands of FFA members from across the country congregate together to compete in competitions, attend workshops, and listen in to awesome and inspirational sessions put on by the National FFA Officer Team. 

Mr. Jason Cantrell, Ms. Cassidy Byess, and Ms. Emma Long and her parents attended the convention this year. Emma was one of 48 FFA members from across the country to get picked to compete in the National Talent Contest. Emma is the fourteen year old daughter of Greg and Ann Long. She is involved in SGA as well as several other clubs at PHS. She loves to sing and show sheep through FFA. She was excited to showcase her talent through FFA this year at National Convention, building upon her success from this past year when she won the Georgia FFA Talent Contest! [Watch video from performance here]

Everyone arrived to the convention on Tuesday afternoon and Emma prepared to compete in the first round of the contest. She sang “Georgia Clay,” an original song written by Emma. The next morning Emma found out that she made the first round cut and she would sing on the big stage for round two. On Thursday, Emma competed once again and did an outstanding job as she sang another original entitled, “Sacred Ground.” Emma was one of the top fifteen members in the talent contest, which is a huge accomplishment for the young FFA member from PHS. Friday night, Emma sang the National Anthem at the rodeo and she even got to perform before the show as well Emma represented Pickens County FFA as well as the entire state of Georgia as she showcased her talent! We are excited to see how far she will go next year!