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Baden Skates, son of Jerry and Pam, left, was named the Pettisville FFA Star Greenhand. Andrew Hulbert, son of Brian and Heidi, right, was the Pettisville FFA Star Chapter Degree recipient.– courtesy photo

Baden Skates, son of Jerry and Pam, left, was named the Pettisville FFA Star Greenhand. Andrew Hulbert, son of Brian and Heidi, right, was the Pettisville FFA Star Chapter Degree recipient.– courtesy photo

The Pettisville FFA chapter held its 69th Parent- Member banquet, Thursday, April 11, where students were awarded for their work they put in over the year.

There were 20 Greenhand FFA Degree recipients. The Greenhand Degree is given out as the first degree.

The star Greenhand this year was Baden Skates. He got the award for his attendance at multiple meetings, competing in state soils, and attending agriscience. He also attended national and state conventions.

Eight FFA members received the Chapter FFA Degree, the second and last degree given out by the chapter.

The Star Chapter Degree award went to Andrew Hulbert. He participated in wildlife Career Development Events, soils CDE competition, and attended Farm Science Review, plus other activities.

Honorary members were Gene and Judy Wyse. They were elected because of their support of the chapter over the years. They have chaperoned and attended state and national FFA conventions.

Both are members of the alumni affiliate; Gene is on the ag advisory committee.

Gretchen Lee, a Pettisville graduate and current FFA state secretary, spoke on how the little changes that we make transform into huge solutions to big problems.

Elizabeth Beck, Madeline Wixom, and Kayla Wyse completed proficiency applications and Wyse was a Star applicant.

CDE award pins were handed out to students who met one of the requirements for being in the top four in the district or county:

•The Equine group of Clara Damman, Elizabeth Beck, Lindsey Crossgrove and Kearsten Zuver placed third in the district.

•Emma Salmi was second in the county in creed. Kayla Wyse was first in advanced prepared public speaking and third in the district.

•The Greenhand quiz team of Clara Damman, Carson Bennett, Baden Skates, and Angela Rosillo placed third in the district.

•The Ag Tech and Mechanical contest team of Mauricea Crouch, William Fenton, Zach Morrison, and Stetson Aeschliman placed third in the district.

•In Urban Soils, Gideon Myers was recognized for placing second in the county and the team Clara Damman, Carson Bennett and Baden Skates placed second in the district team.

•The Rural Soils team of Grace Schnitkey, Sam Wilburn and Kearsten Zuver placed second in the county; Schnitkey placed second individually.

•The Wildlife team of Madeleine Wixom, Carson Bennett, Zach Morrison, and Drake McKeever placed third in the district.

•The Agronomy team won the district and Kayla Wyse was first; Ava Hoylman, second; Jessie McWatters, third; and Matt Rupp, sixth.

The top four in fall sales were Kayla Wyse, Mauricea Crouch, Matt Rupp and Madeleine Wixom.

The pest hunt was won by Baden Skates, followed by Madeleine Wixom and Blake Eyer.

Our top recordkeeping award went to Brandi Schnitkey. The top scholar award went to Lindsey Crossgrove.

Agriscience recognition went to Jordan Skates, Kayla Wyse, Matt Rupp, Jessie Mc- Watters and Baden Skates.

More than 30 members were recognized for having A grades in ag in the third nine-week period and for being part of the top-point performers.

The winner of the junior achievement award was Jessie McWatters. She attended state and national FFA conventions, went to Washington Leadership Conference and Leadership Night, plus many other activities.

The senior achievement winner was Kayla Wyse. Among her activities, she attended state and national FFA conventions, presented at the county public speaking contest, and went to Leadership Night.

Retiring Chapter Sweetheart Elizabeth Beck was given a half-dozen roses. Ava Holyman, new Sweetheart, was given her tiara from Beck plus a trophy and a single rose. Hoylman will help with chapter public relations.

Newly elected officers were installed by last year’s officers: Jessica McWatters, president; Matthew Rupp, vice president; Kearsten Zuver, secretary; Carson Bennett, treasurer; Andrew Hulbert, reporter; Ava Hoylman, sentinel; and Jaton Zuver, student advisor. Karsen Pursel is the assistant treasurer.– Andrew Hulbert, reporter