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Kayla Wyse, left, received the Star Greenhand Degree. Gretchen Lee, right, received the Star Chapter Degree.– courtesy photo

Kayla Wyse, left, received the Star Greenhand Degree. Gretchen Lee, right, received the Star Chapter Degree.– courtesy photo

Pettisville FFA held its 66th annual banquet, Thursday, April 7, including individual awards.

Eighteen members received Greenhand degrees, the first degree a member can receive.

The Star Greenhand Award was given to Kayla Wyse for her participation in Career Development Events (CDE), Agriscience Fair and for her Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) projects.

Thirteen members were recognized for earning Chapter FFA degrees.

The Star Chapter FFA Award was given to Gretchen Lee. It is an award that is given to the student who has a strong SAE and is active in the chapter.

Lee participated in multiple state CDEs, went to Washington Leadership Conference and several conventions.

Jeremy & Kim Crouch and Curt & Judy Nofziger were elected as honorary members. Both have supported the chapter over the years.

Justin Nofziger, Hannah Meller, and Jacob Dennis completed proficiency applications. Nofziger competed in Diversified Agricultural Production, which consisted of his work breeding and showing cattle, as well as raising crops.

The 2016-17 sweetheart, Madison Stuckey.– courtesy photo

The 2016-17 sweetheart, Madison Stuckey.– courtesy photo

Meller competed in Agriscience Research-Integrated, which consisted of her research projects that she did throughout high school. She is also a finalist for the Ohio Star in Agriscience.

Dennis did a research proficiency in the category of Plant Systems, which consisted of the research that he has done on soybeans.

All three placed first in the district and will compete as top-four finalists at the state level.

Eight sophomores and juniors were awarded chapter proficiency awards: sophomores Sarah Beck, Gretchen Lee, Gavin Riegsecker, and Jordan Skates; and juniors Caitlin Beck, Lynnsey Crouch, James Eicher, and Austin Schmucker.

The award is meant to encourage advancement to the district level.

Several members were recognized for their participation in CDEs. Kayla Wyse placed first in the county and seventh in the district for Creed Speaking.

Lynnsey Crouch received the Scholar Award. Matthew Krill received the Ron Rupp Leadership Award.– courtesy photo

Lynnsey Crouch received the Scholar Award. Matthew Krill received the Ron Rupp Leadership Award.– courtesy photo

Gretchen Lee placed first in the county and the district and eighth in the state in Beginning Prepared Public Speaking.

Jordan Skates placed first in the county and fourth in the district in Advanced Prepared.

Jacob Dennis placed second in the county and third in the district in Extemporaneous Speaking.

The parliamentary procedure team of officers placed second in the county and eighth in the district.

The Urban Soils team of Kayla Wyse, Mauricea Crouch, and Logan Rufenacht placed first in the county and second in the district. Wyse and Crouch placed first and second individually. Wyse also placed first in the district.

The Rural Soils team of Dillon King, Gretchen Lee, and Lynnsey Crouch placed second in the county and third in the district. King placed second in the county.

Jordan Skates, secretary, and Lynnsey Crouch, treasurer, were recognized for their gold-rated officer books. Jacob Dennis, reporter, was recognized for his silver rating on his scrapbook.

Hannah Meller, Jacob Dennis, Gretchen Lee, Jordan Skates and Kayla Wyse attended State Agri-science fair in May 2015 and were recognized for their accomplishments.

In addition to the state competition, Meller, Lee and Skates earned gold ratings at the National Agri-science Fair in October 2015.

The top four salespersons for fall sales were Claire Foor, $5,377; Lynnsey Crouch, $3,804; Caitlin Beck, $1,805; and Gretchen Lee, $1,689.50.

Elizabeth Beck, who placed first, and Stetson Aeschliman, second, were recognized as the pest hunt top performers.

Aaron Bontrager, Drake McKeever, Calvin Nofziger, Caleb Keim, Sarah Beck, Gretchen Lee, Lynnsey Crouch, Justin Nofziger, and Andrew Sauder were recognized for good recordkeeping. Jacob Dennis received the overall recordkeeping award.

The Scholar Award was given to Lynnsey Crouch. She had the highest overall GPA (3.95) out of the junior and senior agriculture students.

The Pettisville FFA Alumni and Friends gave out four $500 scholarships to Pettisville graduates who are attending college and plan to have a career in agriculture. Recipients were Chrysta Beck, Josiah Hoops, Dustin Nofziger, and Mikayla Crouch.

The Ron Rupp Leadership award was given to Matthew Krill. The award is determined from votes from the FFA members and points from the chapter leadership chart.

He served as the FFA president for 2015-16 and was the chair of three committees.

The junior and senior achievement awards go to students that have the highest combined score from their SAE, leadership, and scholarship areas. The senior award went to Justin Nofziger; the junior award went to Lynnsey Crouch and Jacob Dennis.

The Positive Points Performer Award is given to the most active of each class. Thirty members received the award.

Madison Stuckey was crowned the 2016-2017 Sweetheart. She was crowned by last year’s sweetheart, Aleeyha Kurth.

The 2016-2017 officer team was installed: Lynnsey Crouch, president; Caitlin Beck, vice president; Jordan Skates, secretary; Kendal Pursel, treasurer; Jacob Dennis, reporter; John Rufenacht, sentinel; and Levi Nofziger, student advisor.

The chapter also has six assistant officers for 2016- 17.–Jacob Dennis, reporter


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