INDUCTION … President Addison Harding inducts Mr. Anthony Stevens into Honorary FFA Membership.
By: Kerrin Towers, EDON FFA REPORTER
The Edon FFA Chapter celebrated a successful year by honoring students and supporters at their 82nd Annual FFA Banquet on Saturday, April 17th, presided over by Edon FFA President, Addison Harding.
Due to gathering restrictions, this year’s celebration was limited to members and their families and did not include a meal. Even with all of the obstacles and setbacks, the chapter was thankful to still be able to celebrate and honor all of the members’ hard work and dedication.
The afternoon started off with an address from Edon Northwest Schools Superintendent, Mr. Anthony Stevens, who spoke about the positive impact that the chapter has on the school district and the community.
Next, we recognized donors, and those that have given back to our chapter throughout the year. It was then time to conduct the Greenhand and Chapter FFA Degree ceremonies.
The following eighteen students received their Greenhand FFA Degrees: Joseph Boyer, Clayton Dulle, William Follett, John Goebel, Katrionna Grimes, Joslyn Horne, Christopher Joice, Brandon Krontz, McKenzie Main, Tehya Mills, Wyatt Moore, Kole Olds, Grace Reitzel, Lance Reitzel, Kendall Siebenaler, Jacob Smith, Jarrett Trausch, and Peyton Trausch. Additionally, nineteen students earned their Chapter FFA Degrees: Garrett Dowdy, Levi Favourite, Maddison Gearig, Brianna Herr, Emma Hickman, Ian Hickman, Emma Howard, Carter Kiess, Kaden Mosher, Caden Nester, Wade Parrish, Konnor Prince, Ethan Riter, Kendall Sheline, Garrett Skiles, MacKenzie Spangler, Connor Towers, Kalon Weaver, and Mallory Wofford.
During the banquet, time was also taken to recognize those students who earned their State and American FFA Degrees this year. Paige Briner, McKenna Hickman, Austin Huffman and Kerrin Towers will all receive their State FFA Degrees at the Ohio FFA Convention; and graduate Jacob Dulle will receive his American FFA Degree at the National FFA Convention in October.
The chapter also inducted two Honorary Members: Mr. Anthony Stevens and Mr. Jake Bonnell, and presented the Distinguished Service Award to Frank and Brenda Parrish.
Many students were recognized for their participation in Career Development Events, such as grain merchandising, public speaking, and farm business management; and twenty-nine chapter proficiency awards were given to members who have excelled with their supervised agricultural experience projects.
Edon FFA Advisor, Mrs. Hannah Everetts, then presented special awards and recognized the graduating seniors. The Star Greenhand Award was presented to Jarett Trausch, Outstanding Greenhand Degrees were awarded to John Goebel and Clayton Dulle.
The Star Chapter Degree awards were presented to Emma Howard and Wade Parrish, while the Outstanding Chapter Degrees were awarded to Kendall Sheline and Connor Towers. The Star State Degree was presented to Kerrin Towers, and the Outstanding State Degree was awarded to McKenna Hickman.
Top seniors, Addison Harding and Paige Briner, were presented with the DeKalb Award and the following students were presented with Outstanding Senior plaques: Sydney Bignell, Tyler Brandt, and Coleen Hoffman. Mrs. Everetts also recognized all of the graduating FFA seniors and presented the senior retiring officers with gifts.
At the conclusion of the event, the 2021-2022 Edon FFA Officer Team was installed to their respective offices: President, Emma Howard; Vice President, Maddison Gearig; Secretary, Carlie Kiess; Treasurer, Olivia Mitchell; Reporter, Kerrin Towers; Sentinel, Jarrett Trausch; Student Advisor, Kendall Siebenaler; Historian, Grace Reitzel; and Parliamentarian, John Goebel.
2020-2021 EDON FFA OFFICER TEAM … (L to R): Paige Briner, Treasurer; Maddison Gearig, Reporter; Sydney Bignell, Vice President; Addison Harding, President; Emma Howard, Secretary; McKenna Hickman, Student Advisor; and Garrett Skiles, Sentinel.