The Pettisville FFA chapter held its 60th annual banquet, Tuesday, March 23. Ashley Eicher, president, presided.
Twenty-five members earned the Greenhand Degree and nine, the Chapter Degree.
Three freshmen were presented with the Star Greenhand degree: Katie Nofziger, Kelsey Weirauch, and Nathan Spotts.
The Star Chapter degree went to Luke Meller.
These awards are based on the students’ level of activity as members, their Supervised Agricultural Experience Project, and a chapter vote.
Top salesmen for the fall sales activity were Vicki Nofziger, Luke Meller, Emily Herring, and Kelsey Weirauch.
Curt and Elaine Eicher and Darin and Sheri Fry became Honorary FFA members.
Proficiency award winners were Austin Borton, specialty animals; Ashley Eicher, poultry; Tim Spiess, ag entrepreneur plan; Vicki Nofziger, swine, specialty crop and diversified livestock; Kayla King, small animal; Charlie Nofziger, ag service; Emily Herring, oil crop; and Torin Blosser, improvement.
Sophomore proficiency awards went to Taylor Kruse, small animal; Nate Betz, ag mechanics; Zach Pursel, improvement; and Travis Beck, specialty crop.
In the Career Development Event recognition, 25 members were recognized for placing high in county, district or state events. Seven members received pins for their agriscience fair ratings from last May.
Other awards: Mackenzie Nofziger, record keeping and top scholar awards; Arrin Short, top point man, pest hunt; Ashley Eicher, Ron Rupp leadership award; Emily Herring, Junior Achievement; Vicki Nofziger, DeKalb.
The JA and DeKalb awards are weighted: 40% for SAE, 30% leadership, and 30%, scholarship.
District Stars were Vicki Nofziger, star farmer, and Tim Spiess, star agribusiness.
Dylan Weirauch received the senior scholarship. Lucas Nofziger received the college scholarship for students studying agriculture.
Officers who received gold ratings on their officer books were Krista Spiess, reporter; Torin Blosser, treasurer; and Emily Herring, secretary.
Emily Herring is the chapter sweetheart.
Officers for 2010-2011: Alex Donnett, president; Luke Meller, vice president; Emily Herring, secretary; Torin Blosser, treasurer; Taylor Kruse, reporter; Alan Donnett, sentinel; Kayla King, student advisor.–Taylor Kruse, reporter