Bowling Green FFA celebrates another outstanding year PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 17 April 2013 09:55
The recipients of the Star Awards (back row from left) Thomas Fas, Nick Brennon, Eddie Tolles, (front row from left) Kinsey Kale, and Natalie Carpenter pose for a picture after the FFA banquet awards held at Bowling Green High School Saturday night. (Photo: Shane Hughes/Sentinel-Tribune)
The Bowling Green FFA held its 82nd annual banquet on Saturday night as the national award-winning chapter celebrated another successful year.
This year the chapter was presented with the two-star national award, continuing its tradition of national awards.
Approximately 400 members and guests were in attendance as the chapter recognized many of its top achievements of the year.
Five students were recognized with chapter awards.
The Star Greenhand award, recognizing the efforts of a first-year member, went to Kinsey Kale. The Star Chapter award is given to a member who has earned their Chapter Degree. This year's recipient was Natalie Carpenter.
The Star Agri-business award is sponsored by Klotz Floral and Gifts. In presenting the award to Thomas Foos, Gene Klotz added some levity by suggesting to Foos that he could buy a very nice corsage for his date to the prom with the gift card to the floral shop which was part of the award.
The Star Leadership Award was given to the chapter's outgoing president, Nick Brennan.
And the final "star" award was the Star Accounting Award, which is sponsored by First Federal Bank. That award went to Eddie Tolles for his accurate record-keeping on his projects.
The chapter bestowed three honorary degrees at the banquet. They were presented to former chapter adviser Mike Shertzer, Tractor Supply Company and Bill Ryan, the Sentinel-Tribune farm editor.
Henry Apple read the introduction for the former adviser.
Apple read, "It is only fitting that after dedicating his life to this chapter for 42 years that Mr. Shertzer earn the award that he has bestowed upon so many others. Mr. Shertzer began his career at Bowling Green High School in 1970. During his tenure, he had (students receive) 110 State Degrees, 65 American Degrees, eight State Officers, three National Contest Teams, and many more accomplishments that we don't have time to read. He was a mentor and role model to thousands of students and built the Bowling Green FFA Chapter to one of the premier Agricultural Education departments in the country."
Jordan Engle introduced the Tractor Supply Company degree which was accepted by Penny Parker.
(From left) The recipients of the Honorary Chapter Award Mike Shertzer, Penny Parker, and Bill Ryan pose for a picture after the FFA banquet awards held at Bowling Green High School Saturday night.
Engle read, "The Tractor Supply Company is a strong supporter of the Bowling Green FFA. This past year, the company has generously donated boxes of tools and equipment for the students to use in the woodworking and metalworking labs. Because of this donation, we are able to replace worn out equipment and have access to new equipment we haven't had before without any expense to the school. We are thankful to have such a strong supporter in the Bowling Green business community."
Natalie Carpenter introduced Ryan for his having "been a tremendous help to our FFA. He is always willing to come to our events and provide news coverage of all the wonderful things that we are doing. He makes sure to put a positive spotlight on agricultural youth programs, especially the FFA. We appreciate his help in spreading the word about our nation's No. 1 industry and providing positive public relations for the chapter."
Though not able to be in attendance, the annual Blue and Gold Award recipient was recognized. This year award was previously presented to Corey Sexton, media specialist at the high school. It is presented annually to a facult member, administrator or employee of the school district.
Her introduction read, "Her endless support of our FFA chapter is truly appreciated. Whether it's proctoring our online exams for the over 20 Career Development Events that the FFA members participate in during the year or helping with any technology need that we may have, she has alwasy been willing to support all the activities of the BG FFA. We can always count on Mrs. Sexton, as a friend and strong supporter of the BG FFA."
The evening closed with the new officer team installed.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 April 2013 10:35

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