Pettisville FFA held its 62nd annual FFA banquet, Tuesday, March 27.
Seventeen freshman, three sophomores and a senior received Greenhand degrees, the first degree a FFA member can receive.
Hannah Meller received the Star Greenhand award for her participation in FFA and her work with Supervised Experience Projects.
The Star Chapter FFA award was given to Chrysta Beck. The award depends in part on the Supervised Agriculture Experience program, or SAE. She also participated in more FFA functions than any other Chapter Degree recipient.
Jack and Peggy Kruse were elected as honorary members.
Six sophomores received proficiency awards: Chrysta Beck, poultry production; Josiah Hoops, diversified crop management; Kaylyn Mc- Dermott, small animal placement; Logan Nofziger, ag services; Korben Rychener, turf grass business; and Forest Stuckey, environmental and natural resource placement.
Five junior and seniors were recognized for their profi ciency places at the district and state levels: Annie Eicher, nursery management; Aaron King, beef placement; Justin Pursel, environmental and natural resource management; Nathan Betz, ag mechanics repair and maintenance; and Taylor Kruse, ag research-plant systems and specialty animals.
All earned District 1 firsts or seconds, but some won’t know which placing until after the state convention in May.
King, Pursel, Betz, and Kruse are all finalists in the state competition.
Kelsey Weirauch, secretary; Nathan Spotts, treasurer; and Annie Eicher, reporter, were recognized for officer books. Spotts and Eicher received gold ratings.
Eleven individuals attended the state agri-science fair in May 2011 and were recognized for their accomplishments: Taylor Kruse, botany project on organic fertilizer; Justin Pursel, worm casting on plants; Nathan Spotts, hydrogen fuel; Chrysta Beck, effects of different light colors on broiler growth; Brooke Betz, water quality; Annie Eicher, bacteria on countertops; Brittany Hamilton, different propagation techniques on plants; Katie Nofzinger, effects of fertilizer on corn; Kelsey Weirauch, disinfectants for coccidiosis; Hannah Meller, worm castings extracts; and Dustin Nofziger, effects of row spacing on soybeans.
The top four fall salesmen received prizes: Dustin Nofziger, first; Hannah Meller, second; Mikayla Crouch, third; Kelsey Weirauch, fourth.
Arrin Short was recognized as the pest hunt top performer. He also received the records and accounting award for having good re- cordkeeping and organization skills.
The scholar award was given to Nathan Spotts for having the highest GPA out of the junior and senior class. He has a 4.0.
Other awards and scholarships handed out:
•Alumni senior scholarship– Zach Pursel
•Alumni college scholarship– Dylan Weirauch
•Ron Rupp leadership award– Aaron Bruner
•DeKalb agriculture achievement award– Taylor Kruse
•Junior Achievement award– Nathan Spotts.
Positive Points Performer awards are given to the top 60 percent of each class to recognize the most active FFA members. Thirty-two members received FFA bags.
Katie Nofziger, daughter of Curt and Judy, was crowned the 2012-2013 sweetheart. She was crowned by last year’s sweetheart, Taylor Kruse.
The 2012-2013 officer team was installed: Justin Pursel, president; Chrysta Beck, vice president; Trisha Cousino, second vice president; Kelsey Weirauch, secretary; Hannah Meller, assistant secretary; Nathan Spotts, treasurer; Tyler Hershberger, assistant treasurer; Annie Eicher, reporter; Brittany Hamilton, assistant reporter; Katie Nofziger, sentinel; and Claire Fry, student advisor.–Brittany Hamilton, assistant reporter