BCS Advantage Magazine Fall 2017 - Page 23

Pictured from left to right: Harper Hockaday (7th), Lisset Bravo-Binuelo (7th), Carlie Lackey (7th), Georgia Grant, (7th) and Lauren Parris (8th) listen as Mr. Penland explains the anatomy of a calf. “Agriculture and FFA allows students to challenge themselves in a supportive environment to do things they may not otherwise have the opportunity to do, and in the process, discover a talent or passion they didn’t know they had,” said Dave Penland, a North Buncombe Ag. teacher. “I am amazed at the enthusiasm my students bring to the classroom.” Mr. Penland is able to incorporate math, science, and leadership skills into his curriculum. He says his students develop character and confidence, especially when they go on to FFA where travel; and competitions are a significant part of the experience. 21