Pettisville FFA holds annual banquet

Staff report

Pettisville FFA held its 66th annual FFA Banquet April 7, awarding many students for their accomplishments.

This year, 18 FFA members were given the Greenhand degree, the first degree a FFA member can receive. The Star Greenhand Award was given to Kayla Wyse for her participation in career development events (CDE) and the Agriscience Fair, and for her Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) projects.

Thirteen members were recognized for earning the Chapter FFA degree. The Star Chapter FFA Award, given for strong SAE and activity in the FFA chapter, was awarded to Gretchen Lee. She participated in multiple state CDEs and attended the Washington Leadership Conference and several conventions, putting in hours of hard work and dedication.

Jeremy and Kim Crouch and Curt and Judy Nofziger were elected as the Honorary Members for the Pettisville FFA. Both have supported the chapter over the years, helping us to accomplish tasks like raising crops and having a safety day.

Three members completed proficiency applications. Justin Nofziger competed in Diversified Agricultural Production, which consisted of breeding and showing cattle and raising crops. Hannah Meller competed in Agriscience Research-Integrated, which consisted of research projects she completed throughout high school. Meller is also a finalist for the Ohio Star in Agriscience. Jacob Dennis also did a research proficiency in the category of Plant Systems, which consisted of that on soybeans. All three placed first in the district, and will compete as top four finalists at the state level.

Eight sophomores and juniors were awarded chapter proficiency awards and received a check from the alumni: sophomores Sarah Beck, Gretchen Lee, Gavin Riegsecker, and Jordan Skates; and juniors Caitlin Beck, Lynnsey Crouch, James Eicher, and Austin Schmucker. The local proficiency award is meant to encourage advancement to the district level.

Several members were recognized for their participation in CDEs: Kayla Wyse, first in county and seventh in district ,Creed Speaking; Gretchen Lee, first in county and district and eighth in state, Beginning Prepared Public Speaking; Jordan Skates, first in county and fourth in district, Advanced Prepared; Jacob Dennis, second in county and third in district, Extemporaneous Speaking.

The Parliamentary Procedure team of our officers placed second in county and eighth in district, and also received a pin. The Urban Soils team of Kayla Wyse, Mauricea Crouch, and Logan Rufenacht placed first in county and second in district. Wyse and Crouch placed first and second individually, and received a plaque from the Fulton County Soil and Water Conservation District. Wyse also placed first in district. The Rural Soils team of Dillion King, Gretchen Lee, and Lynnsey Crouch placed second in county and third in district. King placed second in county and also received a plaque from the SWCD.

FFA Secretary Jordan Skates and Treasurer Lynnsey Crouch were recognized for their gold-rated officer books. Reporter Jacob Dennis was recognized for his silver rating on his scrapbook.

Five individuals attended the State Agriscience Fair last May and were recognized for their accomplishments: Hannah Meller, Jacob Dennis, Gretchen Lee, Jordan Skates, and Kayla Wyse. Meller, Lee and Skates participated in the National Agriscience Fair last October, and all earned gold ratings.

This year’s top four salespersons for fall sales were: Claire Foor, $5,377; Lynnsey Crouch, $3,804; Caitlin Beck, $1,805; and Gretchen Lee, $1,689.50.

Elizabeth Beck, first, and Stetson Aeschliman, second, were recognized as the Pest Hunt top performers. Aaron Bontrager, Drake McKeever, Calvin Nofziger, Caleb Keim, Sarah Beck, Gretchen Lee, Lynnsey Crouch, Justin Nofziger, and Andrew Sauder were awarded for good recordkeeping, while Jacob Dennis received the overall recordkeeping award.

The Scholar Award was given to Lynnsey Crouch, daughter of Kim and Jeremy Crouch. She held a 3.95 grade point average, the highest overall of the junior and senior agriculture students.

The Pettisville FFA Alumni and Friends gave out four $500 scholarships to Pettisville graduates who attend college and plan a career in agriculture: Chrysta Beck, Josiah Hoops, Dustin Nofziger, and Mikayla Crouch.

The Ron Rupp Leadership award was given to Matthew Krill, son of Tom Krill and Cindy Rupp. Krill served as the FFA president for 2015-16 and chaired three committees.

The Jr. & Sr. Achievement Awards go to students that have the highest combined score from their SAE, leadership, and scholarship areas. The Sr. Achievement Award was given to Justin Nofziger, and the Jr. Achievement Award to Lynnsey Crouch and Jacob Dennis.

The Positive Points Performer Award is given to the most active of each class. Thirty members received a garment bag for their participation in FFA activities.

Madison Stuckey, daughter of Phil and Barb Stuckey, was crowned the 2016-17 Sweetheart by last year’s sweetheart, Aleeyha Kurth.

The 2016-17 officer team was installed: Lynnsey Crouch, president; Caitlin Beck, vice president; Jordan Skates, secretary; Kendal Pursel, treasurer; Jacob Dennis, reporter; John Rufenacht, sentinel; Levi Nofziger, student advisor.

Sponsors included the Pettisville FFA Alumni and Friends, Beck Show Lambs, Burkholder Farms, Rufenacht Farms, and Nofziger Trucking LLC.

Staff report