Otsego, a 3-star national chapter, celebrates PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 13 April 2013 08:39
(From left) Dalton Walls, Bill Potter, Allen Limes, and Courtney Garrett pose with their Star Awards after the FFA banquet At Otsego High School. (Photo: Shane Hughes/Sentinel-Tribune)
TONTOGANY - The Otsego FFA chapter held its 50th annual banquet on Wednesday at the high school celebrating the 54th year of the chapter.
President Bill Potter welcomed all those gathered noting, "FFA members are living the theme of 'Grow' by exploring the many options that are open to them within the National FFA Organization and the agricultural industry. From competing in soil, poultry, and livestock CDEs to hosting Ag. Day, an Agricultural literacy event, Otsego FFA members are striving to 'Grow' their potential within their school, community, and world.
Among the highlights on Wednesday was a review of the chapter earning top honors of being named a 3-star National Chapter at the national convention.
Ben Thomas read the details of the honor.
"Each year all FFA chapters across the state are to submit a National Chapter Application to the State FFA Association for evaluation of their program of activities," he stated.
There are three areas that are evaluated, student development, chapter development and community development.
Thomas explained of its 3-star honors, "This is the highest ranking a chapter can receive from the National FFA Organization."
He also noted the Otsego chapter has also been named as a "Top Ten Chapter" in the state for the National Chapter award area. Otsego FFA also earned a top 10 ranking in the area of community development. The chapter will now compete at the State FFA Convention for the overall top place in the state.
Jane Alexander, left, and Carole Garrett pose with their Honorary Chapter Membership Awards.
During the course of the evening numerous other awards were given and recognition provided for another successful year for the chapter.
Dan and Rose Potter were recognized with the chapter's appreciation award for their help and assistance in numerous ways over the last four years.
Carole Garrett and Jane Alexander were recognized with honorary chapter membership.
Garrett's introduction read that she "has been a very active parent and supporter of our chapter for the past four years."
Her assistance has been received in decorating livestock exhibits for the fair, feeding hungry FFA members during the tractor pulls and helping set up of the annual banquet.
Alexander's introduction noted she "has worked with many FFA members over the years in collecting, counting and taking in money. She is an assistant to our school treasurer here at Otsego."
She also worked closely with the chapter's treasurer each year in making sure the accounting is accurate.
Among the students recognized were those honored with the "Stars over Otsego" awards.
The Star Greenhand was presented to Dalton Walls. It is awarded to a first year member who has participated in chapter activities, had excellent scholarship, has contributed to the success of the chapter, and has been an outstanding FFA member.  
The Star in Agricultural Placement was presented to Courtney Garrett. It is awarded to an FFA member who has an outstanding SAE in agribusiness or production agriculture, and is actively involved in chapter activities, as well as leadership and scholarship programs.
Ben Thomas poses with his 110 Percent Award.
The Star in Agribusiness was awarded to Bill Potter. It is given to an FFA member who has an outstanding SAE in owning and operating an agribusiness, they have contributed to the success of the chapter, and have been outstanding FFA members.
Allen Limes received the Star Farmer award. It is awarded to chapter degree members who have exhibited leadership skills, has a strong SAE project, has contributed to the success of the chapter, and has been outstanding FFA members.
Brandon Bailey, Ben Thomas, Alex Vollmar and Jon Weihl  were each recognized for earning their state FFA degrees and presented a wooden frame to display their degree.
Among the contest winners recognized were Potter who won the district extemporaneous public speaking contest; Alex Vollmar was the second highest individual in the Dairy Foods contest; Sara Caris placed second in the district in the sophomore division of the job interview district event.
Other top honorees included the second place district livestock judging team of Allen Limes, Jon Weihl, and Drew Baus, with Limes placing second highest as an individual in the contest out of 343 members.
Similarly the district agronomy contest team finished second at the district. Members were Bill Potter, Alex Vollmar and Ben Thomas with Potter winning top individual honors.
The celebration concluded with a recognition of outgoing officers and installation of the new officers.
Last Updated on Saturday, 13 April 2013 08:51

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