Elmwood FFA officers all have perfect books PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 16 February 2013 09:44
The start of February has kept the Elmwood FFA busy as it prepared for the District 1 FFA Evaluation. This event was held at Penta County Career Center on Feb. 5.
During this event three of the chapter's officer positions had the book associated with their office, evaluated for quality. Secretary Chelsie Schmitz and assistant Taylor Murphy received a perfect score on their book which designated them as the top in District 1. In their book they displayed copies of the minutes from chapter meetings, officer and committee reports, and all correspondence sent and received.
Treasurer Cassandra Shaffer and assistant treasurer Robbie Sigler also received a perfect score on their treasurer's book which ranked them first amongst treasurer entries. With their book they displayed complete records of all receipts and expenses, individual member financial activities, and records of any special chapter projects.
Still another officer book submitted was the chapter scrapbook. Reporter Amanda Jones and assistant reporter Meagan Wise submitted a scrapbook featuring news articles and snapshots from the past year. They also scored a perfect score and ranked first.
In addition to the officer books, the chapter had 10 of its finest members submit applications for the State FFA Degree. The state degree is a 13-page application documenting numerous accomplishments in the area of leadership, community development, personal finance, and scholarship. All 10 applicants passed this initial evaluation and were sent on to Columbus where they will undergo one final check in early March. This year's applicants include: Garrett Benschoter, Brittany George, Chelsie Schmitz, Morgan Huff, Amanda Jones, Marisa Ayala, Kara Buchman, Isaiah Lundquest, Madison Reinhard and Mitch Beaverson.
Other applications submitted to the district evaluation included six American Degree candidates. The American Degree is the highest accomplishment of an FFA member and requires the completion of a 13-page application. All of Elmwood's American Degree applications were sent on to undergo further evaluation at both the state and national level. Elmwood's American Degree applicants for this year include: Michelle Sander, Sarah Laborie, Vanessa Wagner, Mitch Emmitt, Max Zyski and Justin Barndt.
National FFA Week will be celebrated by the chapter the week of Feb. 17-23. A variety of activities will take place throughout the week to publicize the event. On Tuesday the chapter members will decorate their lockers while first year members will wear "green" hands for the day. On Wednesday all chapter members will dress in official FFA attire for the day and a PowerPoint presentation will be shown in the cafeteria during the lunch hour. Thursday will find members hosting an appreciation meal for all school staff. On Friday, the chapter has planned to have members drive tractors to school and test them for horsepower on a dynamometer.

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