On March 24, the Pettisville FFA Chapter held the 2022 FFA Banquet at Pettisville Missionary Church. New officers were installed during the banquet. The new officers are President: Jonah Harmon; Vice President: Luke Van Den Berghe; Secretary: Mina Wesche; Treasurer: Sam Haley; Reporter: Karter Zachrich; Sentinel: Leah Beck; Student Advisor: Lily Wiemken; and Assistant Officers: Jayden Bleikamp, and Ben Boger.
Several awards were also handed out at the banquet for various competition activities along with other various activities in the FFA.
After the 29 Greenhands received their certificates, the Star Greenhand was awarded to Ben Boger and Ella Richer. Ella sold over the $600 goal for fall sales, and also worked second Saturday Recycling along with Agriscience Fair. Ben worked second Saturday recycling and also worked Toys for Cheer, Christmas Cheer, plus several other activities. They both received a star plaque and a cash prize.
FFA’s second degree is the Chapter FFA Degree and 16 members earned this in 2022. The Star Chapter FFA Awards were presented to Delana Damman and Lily Wiemken.
Lily and Delana both went to National Convention and have worked Saturday Recycling. Their Supervised Ag Experience projects were important to earning this award. They both received a star plaque along with a cash prize.
The Fall Sales Top Salesmen for 2021-2022 were first place, Karsen Pursel with $3876 of sales; second, Sophie Sterken with $2567.50; third, Sam Haley with $1759; and fourth, Leah Beck with $1,503. Each ordered an item from Shop FFA.
Having earned the Good Recordkeeping Award from the Ag Experience Tracker (AET) system was used for 10 members to be recognized for their consistent recordkeeping skills. From them, Carson Bennett was the Outstanding Record Keeping Award winner. He was up to date on his AET and received three blue ribbons and one gold ribbon.
Outstanding Junior and Senior awards were next.
The overall courses Scholar Award recipient was Leah Beck. She has had a 4.0 GPA over the course of five semesters.
The Ron Rupp Leadership Award winner was Clara Damman. The award is given to a senior that exhibits outstanding leadership. She was the chapter activity points leader and has served as 2nd Vice President and Reporter.
The Jr. Achievement Award winner was Luke Van Den Berghe. He participated in Parliamentary Procedure, Vet Science, Agronomy, and Farm Business Management career development events. He was also at all the meetings and helped with many activities.
The Sr. Accomplishment Award winners were Carson Bennett and Karsen Pursel. Both participated in General Livestock and Parliamentary Procedure teams. Carson had a large number of SAE hours. Karsen works at Pettisville Meats and Carson works at Grieser Trucking. Both also have home SAE projects. They both have worked together as officers to make the 2021- 2022 FFA Year a success.
Most years the FFA selects members of the community to recognize because of their work and support provided to the chapter. This year, the Honorary Chapter Degree recipients were Andy and Bree Damman and Scott and Laura Rupp. Andy and Bree have helped with Pumpkin Fest, Animal and Safety Day and chaperoned state and national conventions. Scott and Laura have chaperoned state and national conventions, helped with the SWCD fly over, Pumpkin Fest and taught classes. Thank you for your support.
There were multiple other awards handed out.
Career Development Event pins were awarded to teams and members in the top 4 in each event for the District 1 contests.
The top 2 scorers in the Pest Hunt were recognized as 1st Luke Van Den Berghe with 7725 points and 2nd Lily Wiemken with 7560 points. They earned gift cards.
Agriscience Research Awards, Officer Book Gold Ratings and Positive Point Performer Awards were also passed out. The top point scorer in each class was: Freshman Ben Boger, sophomore Karter Zachrich, junior Luke Van Den Berghe and senior Clara Damman.
To close the 2022 FFA Banquet the new officer team was installed along with thanking Clara Damman as 2021-2022 sweetheart and installing new chapter sweetheart Leah Beck 2022-2023. The seniors were recognized and awarded for their years in ag and new president, Jonah Harmon, closed the meeting.