2018-05-16 / People

FFA News


Gretchen Lee, Elizabeth Sauder, and Jordan Skates, from left, with their scholarship awards. Lee and Skates won scholarships from the FFA Alumni for ag-related college work next year. Sauder won the Scholar Award as having the highest gpa of all members, a 4.0.– courtesy photo Gretchen Lee, Elizabeth Sauder, and Jordan Skates, from left, with their scholarship awards. Lee and Skates won scholarships from the FFA Alumni for ag-related college work next year. Sauder won the Scholar Award as having the highest gpa of all members, a 4.0.– courtesy photo The Pettisville FFA, FFA Alumni and Friends, and community gathered at Pettisville Missionary Church for the 68th Pettisville FFA Awards Banquet, Tuesday, April 10.

Students were recognized for outstanding achievements in FFA, the new officer team was installed, and the students looked back on the year.

The Star Greenhand was Jasmine Rodriguez and receiving Star Chapter degrees were Jessie McWatters and Matt Rupp. Honorary Chapter degrees were awarded to Pam and Jerry Skates and King Lumber, owned by Roland King and Brent King.

Four members completed six proficiency or star applications and placed in district competition.


Sarah Beck, previous Pettisville FFA chapter Sweetheart, left, crowns her sister Elizabeth Beck, as this year’s Sweetheart. They are the daughters of Randy and Joy.– courtesy photo Sarah Beck, previous Pettisville FFA chapter Sweetheart, left, crowns her sister Elizabeth Beck, as this year’s Sweetheart. They are the daughters of Randy and Joy.– courtesy photo Gretchen Lee placed first in Integrated Agriscience Research and second in Diversified Livestock Production; Brandi Schnitkey, first in Equine Entreprenuership; Jordan Skates, second in Integrated Agriscience Research; Kayla Wyse, first in Agriscience Plant Systems, and is a finalist for state competition.

The chapter also awarded seven junior and sophomore members for chapter proficiencies: Elizabeth Beck, diversified livestock production; Madeleine Wixom, small animal production; Felipe Chavez, home development; Brett Coopshaw, sheep production; Kaitlyn Wiemken, vegetable production; Jessie McWatters, agriscience research animal systems; and Matt Rupp, agriscience research power systems.

Career Development Event teams and individuals were given pins for placing at the county, district, and state levels:

Parliamentary procedure team, second at county; Jacob Dennis, first at state, grain merchandising; Gretchen Lee, first at county, second at district, advanced prepared public speaking; Jordan Skates, first at county, fourth at district, extemporaneous public speaking; Gretchen Lee, first at county, second at district, job interview; meats evaluation team, second at district with Maurecia Crouch placing second; farm business management team, first in district; wildlife team, second at district with Jordan Skates placing third; agronomy team, third at district; Kayla Wyse, second at spring agronomy competition.

Kayla Wyse received a gold rating at state for her secretary’s book. Mauricea Crouch received a gold rating at state for her treasurer’s book.

The top fall salesmen– Mauricea Crouch, Gretchen Lee, Kayla Wyse, and Brandi Schnitkey– were presented with prizes. Gretchen Lee was also awarded as the top pest hunt participant.

Nine members received the Good Recordkeeping Badge for keeping accurate records of FFA and SAE work: Brett Coopshaw, Drake McKeever, Elizabeth Sauder, Brandi Schnitkey, Jordan Skates, Preston Stevens, Antonio Stuckey, Gretchen Lee, and Kayla Wyse.

The Overall Recordkeeping award went to Gretchen Lee.

Students who participated in the state agriscience fair last spring were Jacob Dennis, Gretchen Lee, Jordan Skates, Kayla Wyse, Matt Rupp, and Jessie McWatters. Each was given a pin, certificate, and check.

Students who received an A, A-, or raised their letter grade in ag were given candy bars. Elizabeth Sauder was recognized as the top scholar for having the highest overall gpa.

Jordan Skates, Gretchen Lee, and Lynnsey Crouch were awarded alumni scholarships of $500.

The Ron Rupp Leadership Award was presented to Jordan Skates. The Dekalb Senior Achievement Award was presented to Gretchen Lee. The Junior Achievement Award was awarded to Kayla Wyse.

Twenty-nine members were recognized for being top point performers and were awarded a water tumbler. The highest-ranking top point performers from each class were Gretchen Lee, senior; Kayla Wyse, junior; Matt Rupp, sophomore; and Jasmine Rodriguez, freshman.

Senior scholarships were presented and the new FFA Sweetheart, Elizabeth Beck, was crowned by her sister, Sarah, the previous Sweetheart.– Gretchen Lee and Elizabeth Beck, reporters

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