Rebekah Meller, PHS ‘09 and a member of the Pettisville FFA chapter, was awarded the American FFA Degree at the 85th National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis, Ind., Oct. 24- 27.
The award recognizes demonstrated ability and outstanding achievements in agricultural business, production, processing or service programs.
To be eligible, FFA members must have earned and productively invested $7,500 through a Supervised Agricultural Experience program in which they start, own or hold a professional position in an existing agriculture enterprise.
Recipients must also complete 50 community service hours, as well as demonstrate outstanding leadership abilities and community involvement.
Meller, daughter of Gene and Donna, collected a gold American FFA Degree Key plus a certificate from the National FFA president.
She was an active member at Pettisville, serving as secretary and holding many committee chairmanships. She attended many leadership activities, including the Washington Leadership Conference.
Meller participated in many science fairs. She was named the Agriscience Student of the Year in 2010 and earned a trip to Costa Rico.
A senior at The Ohio State University, she is majoring in Animal Science. She is the student manager at Waterman Farm, the OSU dairy facility.
Donna Meller, a member of the Pettisville FFA Alumni, was recognized as one of three National Achievement recipients at the National FFA Alumni Convention, Oct. 24-27.
Meller, the high school science teacher at Pettisville, has been an FFA Alumni member since 2004. She and her family have contributed to the FFA and Alumni on the local, state and national levels.
She has donated items to the local auction, served as chairman of the recipe contest at the Pumpkin Fest for the past eight years, restarted the school science fair program, and assists area agriculture teachers with ag research projects.
She coaches ag students with their research projects and team teaches with the ag teacher the environmental science curriculum for eighth graders and the environmental science class.
Meller has chaperoned State FFA Convention for seven years, worked at the alumni booth for three years, and served as an Agriscience Fair judge for five years.
She has attended State Alumni Convention and served as a delegate, chaperoned National FFA Convention for five years, and served as an Agriscience Fair judge for four years.
Meller has assisted in the completion of the National Agriscience Student of the Year application for three FFA members.
She has received the Ohio Outstanding Alumni Member Award and the Ohio FFA Honorary Degree.