Come fall, Rachel Hollingsworth and her family will be spending several days in Louisville, Ky., at the National FFA Convention. Rachel won the Alabama State FFA Creed Speaking Career Development Event (CDE) earlier this month and, as a result, will compete in Louisville Oct. 29-31, where she will represent Alabama and hopes to win the national award.
Rachel is in 10th grade at White Plains High School, where she is a member of her FFA. Her advisor is George Smith. Rachel said she’s learned a lot by being in FFA. She said it helps students learn leadership skills and develop career paths.
“It gives us the ability to work with others and become better citizens, and it helps us prepare to go out into the world,” she said.
Rachel said she feels positive about competing at the national convention, but she said the most stressful part during the competition is the waiting process wondering what questions she will be asked about the FFA creed.
“I think it will be nerve-racking at first, but I think it will be fun,” she said. “I don’t think it will be a problem to get up in front of everyone and speak, it’s just waiting for my turn that I’m not looking forward to. I’m very excited. I’m going to have some very tough competition, but I’m prepared and I’m looking forward to it.”
Rachel has been number 1 in the top 10 students of her class since eighth grade. She’s a member of the Beta Club, the WPHS Blue Reelz Fishing Team and Asberry Baptist Church where she is in the youth group.
She likes to ride horses, fish and hunt. She’s killed 15 deer and three turkeys since first grade.
“My dad taught me to hunt,” she said. “I love spending time with him in the woods.”
Rachel’s parents are Deric and Kassie Hollingsworth. She is the granddaughter of Hoyt and Shirley Turner of Jacksonville, Clyde and Freda Turner of Pleasant Valley and Tommy and Gail Hollingsworth of Piedmont.