LIVE OAK — The Branford High and Suwannee High FFA Land Labs were officially renamed last week.
In an Oct. 22 ceremony, the new sign was unveiled declaring the Branford FFA farm the “Willie Veal Land Lab.”
Veal taught agriculture at BHS and was very influential to the FFA program. Veal previously received the Florida FFA Honorary Member, which is the highest award one can receive at the state level.
“Thank you Mr. Veal for your continued service to Branford FFA and for being a role model to young members and advisors everywhere,” BHS FFA President Barrett Young said during the ceremony.
Young was not the only one to praise Veal for his time and effort to Branford FFA.
“Mr. Veal gave his life to the school and the students,” District 1 Board Member Jerry Taylor said.
On Thursday, at the Suwannee FFA Fall Round Up, the Suwannee Land Lab was officially named the “Don Boyette Land Lab.”
At the Round Up, former SHS FFA Advisor Dee Broughton spoke highly of Boyette — her grandfather — and how much he helped her get the Land Lab established.
Boyette, a former Live Oak city councilman that passed away in May, was a tireless advocate for the FFA and volunteered his efforts constantly at the ag farm, securing donations and helping to turn the land lab into a source of pride for the FFA. He also received an honorary Florida FFA State degree.
The Round Up concluded with a cake auction. According to SHS FFA Advisor Travis Tuten, $7,465 was raised off the cake auction.