Two high school seniors worked to make community impact through FFA

PITT COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) – Two high school students are making an impact in their community, all thanks to a shared love of agriculture and their FFA, or Future Farmers of America, group.

“The big thing is you have to accumulate 300 hours in your supervised agriculture experience project, and I just hit that benchmark,” said North Pitt High School Senior Walt Moore.

Walt Moore has just won his state degree, which is the highest award a state association can give.

“I’m super excited. I mean, I’ve been hard at work for this for about four years, and now that I’m graduating, I’m starting to see all the fruits of my labor,” said Moore.

A big part of Moore’s work is due to his supervised agricultural experience. “I volunteer at ECU Health Medical Center. I’ve been there since summer of 2022,” said Moore.

But Moore isn’t the only student making a change for the better at the school.

“I wanted to help the environment out. So after football games and after school on, I believe, on Thursday, I would go around the school and pick up trash. There would be somedays I would have 6 or 7 trash bags full,” said Another North Pitt High School Senior, Colin Hardee.

Colin Hardee won first place in the environmental science and natural resources division for his hard work.

Their FFA advisor says her students truly make the group thrive. “I’m so proud of all the hard work each of my students puts into my program, and honestly, if it wasn’t for them, I would not have a successful program,” said the lead FFA Advisor, Lauren Wilmont.

Both Moore and Hardee wanted to emphasize how much agriculture affects everyone’s daily life, down to the clothes we wear and the food we eat.

Moore will be recognized for his state degree award at the state convention this summer. He also plans to continue his FFA journey in college by running to become a state officer.