Members, families, school officials and friends of the Elmwood FFA gathered Saturday night in the school's auditeria for the annual banquet, with more than 250 people in attendance.
|(From left) Taylor Barndt, winner of the star greenhand award, Meagan Wise, winner of the star chapter award, and Dale Strausbaugh, recipient of the honorary degree, pose on stage after the Elmwood FFa banquet Saturday night. (Photo: Shane Hughes/Sentinel-Tribune)
A steady stream of students crossed the stage to be recognized for their achievements over the past year.
Among the special awards presented included Taylor Barndt as this year's recipient of the Star Greenhand award. This awarded is presented to a first-year member who has demonstrated outstanding achievement. Barndt was recognized for being involved with fruit sales, parliamentary procedure, the toy show, pedal pulls, and community service projects.
The Star Chapter Member award was presented to Meagan Wise. This award goes to a member who has received their chapter degree and has been an outstanding performer for the chapter. Wise was recognized for having performed more than 50 community development hours. She has participated in nearly 50 chapter activities while maintaining good grades and active in other school and community projects.
In addition to the students, the chapter recognized others for their service and involvement to support the chapter.
Dale Strausbaugh was awarded and recognized with an Honorary Chapter Degree.
His introduction read, in part, "For a number of years he has been an active Alumni member, where he has provided assistance with the chapter's beef stand, test plot and summer social. Through the years he has always provided a donation of corn which has allowed the chapter to test their marketing skills."
Strausbaugh was also recognized for assisting with the toy show, charity work auction and the meal preparation for the banquet.
S & D Application was also recognized with an Outstanding Service award. The company was recognized for having "provided valuable assistance to our organization by providing advice and input towards the chapter's test plot."
It was also noted that the company made a donation to the chapter through the National FFA and Syngenta. The donation included an FFA jacket and $500.
The chapter adviser, Ed Feasel, places a strong emphasis on career development events and other contests throughout the year.
All the various teams were recognized, with special awards presented to those teams and members who ranked in the top five in Ohio.
Four different teams not only ranked in the top five, but won their respective state contests.
Those first place teams were:
• Greenhand, consisting of Taylor Barndt, Paige Dress, Samantha Laborie, Zach Kinney, Emily Schmitz, Jack Hagemeyer, Rachael Grilliot, Nick Stearns, Alexis Miller, Rodney Rayle, Makayla Mohre and Brett Jones.
• Grain Merchandising, consisting of Courtney Thomson, Lorne Strausbaugh, Conlan Varty, Karly Haughawout, Taylor Hosmer, Michelle Sander and Cassandra Shaffer
• Ag Engineering, consisting of Isaiah Lundquest, Robbie Sigler, Sarah Laborie and Vanessa Wagner
• Cooperatives, consisting of Isaiah Lundquest, Robbie Sigler, Dimitri Davidson, Meagan Wise, Amanda Jones, Madison Reinhard, Brooke Davies, Trevor Tyson, Savannah Kline, Chelsie Schmitz, Travis Gonyer, Jon Shinew, Mitch Emmitt and Taylor Murphy.
Other top five teams included Farm Business Management, both the advanced and novice Parliamentary Procedure teams; Tractor Troubleshooting, Tractor Operators, and officers with their books.
More than 230 door prizes were available to send most of those in attendance home with a little bonus prize.