FREDERICKTOWN — Recently, the Fredericktown FFA chapter hosted their Annual FFA Awards banquet. This event is to give all FFA members the awards that they have earned throughout the year.
The Greenhand FFA degree is given to those who completed their first year as an FFA member that have completed the necessary items which include plans for their SAE, learned the FFA history and demonstrated the appropriate skills. This year 22 students received the Greenhand award: Ashtyn Andrews, Kaid Benson, Taylor Billman, Dylan Brown, Cody Corry, Alanna Diehl, Macey Gage, Lilly Jeffers, Katelyn Knoblock, Rachel Matthews, Aaron McNeil, Emma Morey, Cailyn Parrish, Bryce Rinehart, Jacob Rook, Wyatt Snell, Lydia Stute, Macy Thorne, Steven Tumbleson, Jesse VanAtta, Zach Vogelsang and Melissa Warner.
The Star Greenhand award is given to one or two first-year members who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and other qualities in the chapter and are the top Greenhand members overall. Those members were Macy Thorne and Steven Tumbleson.
The Chapter FFA degree is earned by participating in the second year of FFA, and agricultural classes and has demonstrated the necessary requirements and the appropriate skills. Recipients were also very active in their SAE records. Those members were Georgie Caputo, Macey Gage, William Manning, Heaven Martin, Jake Sanders, Marissa Simmons, Cassidy Small, Ethan Smith, Will Stelzer and Hannah Vaughn.
Some members were recognized with a Star Chapter Farmer award. These members demonstrated outstanding qualities as an FFA member and leader in the chapter and for being the Star Chapter Farmer member. This year, those members were Marissa Simmons and Cassidy Small.
Additional awards were given out to outstanding juniors and seniors. The Outstanding Junior Award was awarded to Alexa Jones, Maribeth Pozderac and Haley Rook. The Ebersole Awards were presented to seniors Cierrah Calbert and Ally Helmick. The Outstanding Senior Award goes and the Fredericktown FFA Alumni Scholarship Award was presented to Jessica Small.
Holly McClay and Milan Pozderac were both recognized at the banquet because they are candidates for state officers. Pozderac is running for the office of state president, and McClay is running for a state office. They will soon be going through an interviewing process to continue their journey towards state office.
Awards were given to members for their leadership in the chapter. A few members from each class, Ag I through Ag IV, are given the leadership award for setting a good example for other members by demonstrating their skills as a leader. This year’s winners were Kaid Benson, Lydia Stute, and Melissa Warner (Ag I), Ethan Smith, Jake Sanders, and William Manning (Ag II), Kyrsten Andrews (Ag III) and Ally Helmick (Ag IV).
Members also received an award for maintaining their grade-point-average in all of their classes. The scholarship award is given to the person with the highest GPA in each class. Those recognized were selected to receive special scholarship awards. Lydia Stute and Steven Tumbleson were selected for Ag I, Georgie Caputo, Cassidy Small and Hannah Vaughn were selected for Ag II, Rachael LaBenne was selected for Ag III and Jessica Small was selected for Ag IV.
The Honorary Chapter FFA degree was awarded to Judy Moore.