Monett FFA announces awards at annual banquet

Saturday, June 24, 2017
Andy Hampton receiving the drill from Ozark Electric for his outstanding work in the shop. Contributed photo

Chapter, state honors, new officers announced

Honors and achievements by the Monett FFA were announced at the organization's annual Parent/Member Banquet. A total of 36 members and guests attended.

The Monett FFA Chapter had a successful year in career development events and FFA contests. Career development events, or CDE’s, are designed to educate students and develop skills in different areas of agriculture for possible careers in the future. FFA contests prepare students by giving them leadership opportunities in events such as public speaking and FFA Knowledge.

State champion Dairy Team from Monett were: Lora Wright, Blake Wright, Sam Masri, and Marianna Serano. Contributed photo

Team awards

Five teams performed exceptionally well in competition:

• The dairy cattle team consisted of Lora Wright, Blake Wright, and Sam Masri. Their contest consists of a written test, class evaluation, and oral reasons given on the classes. The team took first place in state. In high individual rankings, Lora was second, Sam was third and Blake was 10th. All three earned a gift card from PFI as well as graduate credit from MSU. These three, along with Lilly Schmidt, will be judging at the National Competition in Indianapolis in October. If they place in the top three, they will be able to judge internationally.

Lilly Schmidt and Lora Wright receiving their plaques and chains for their State FFA Degree. Contributed photo

• The FFA Knowledge team included Moo Shee, Julissa Cruz, and Cheyenne Gross. The knowledge contest consists of a test of 100 questions taken from anywhere in the official FFA manual. The Monett team received a group two rating at the Area FFA Contest.

• The Creed Speaking contest consists of memorizing and presenting the FFA Creed. Once it is presented the member is asked a few questions on what the FFA Creed means to them. This year Cheyenne Gross received a group two rating at the Area FFA Contest.

* Record Books review the Supervised Agricultural Education Program (SAE) done by each member, designed as a planned practical agricultural activity which supports skill and competency development, career success and application of specific agricultural and academic skills a student has learned through classroom instruction in agricultural education. Students must keep financial records of all receipts and expenditures.

Chapter members who submitted their work in area competition were: Jonathan Heckman, beginning placement; Kassandra Gonzalez, completed placement; Lora Wright, completed ownership.

* Dairy Cattle Showmanship: This year Colbe Stephenson placed third.

Additional awards

Leadership pins are given to students who demonstrate outstanding leadership skills both in and outside of the FFA organization. The 12 members honored will each receive a pin that can be worn on their FFA jacket.

Ten members received pins for excelling in classroom performance. Those honored received a pin that can be worn on their FFA jacket.

The National FFA Foundation recognizes FFA members nationwide through their support of the FFA Agricultural Proficiency Award program, designed to honor members for their SAE project. These awards encourage members to develop specialized skills that well apply toward a future career. Members are recognized at the local, area, state, and national levels in 49 different areas, all related to different areas of agricultural production or agribusiness.

Chapter awards

• Logan Mills, Agricutltural Mechanics Design and Fabrication

• Peyton Hudson, Agricultural Mechanics Repair and Maintenance Placement

• Lilly Schmidt, Diversified Crop Placement

• Trevor Prewitt, Forest Management

• Katie Schmidt, Swine Production Ownership

• Kaitie Long, Specialty Crop and Nursery Operations

• Andrew Hampton, Agricultural Sales Ownership

Area Proficiencies

• Lora Wright, Agricutlture Communications, third;

Dairy Production, second.

• Kaitie Long, Diversified Horticulture

•Sasha Mace, Fruit Production

• Katie Schmidt, Swine Placement

First in Area and State Qualifiers

• Lora Wright, Agricultural Education

• Eric Villa, Agricultural Sales – Placement

• Zach Johnson, Dairy Placement

• Kaitie Long, Environmental Sciences

• Sasha Mace, Vegetable Production

Each year the Midwest Dairy Association recognizes students with SAE projects in the dairy industry. Local dairy producers provide plaques to FFA Chapters in the area for students who own dairy cattle or work on a dairy farm. This year the award goes to a student who has worked several hours with her family on their family farm. Lilly Schmidt received this award.

The Ozark Electric Drill Award recognizes a student who exhibits working knowledge in the field of mechanics. This award recognizes outstanding accomplishments in the agricultural shop. This year the construction class selected Andy Hampton, who received a cordless drill from Ozark Electric in recognition of his hard work.

The DeKalb Award is presented to Lilly Schmidt as the senior FFA member who has an outstanding SAE, strong leadership skills, and has excelled academically. The recipient received a pin to put on the jacket sponsored by Monsanto. A plaque with the winning seniors name will hang in the ag room.

The Booster Club Scholarship, funded by the chili supper and auction held in October, went to Kassandra Gonzalez, Salena Brattin, and Lilly Schmidt.

The Star Greenhand Award,sponsored by Farm Pro and Friend Tire company, is presented to an outstanding first year member, based on participation and dedication to chapter activities as well as their supervised agricultural experience program. Blake Wright and Colbe Stephenson, the only two freshman to be on a contest team, received the honor.

Grace Wormington was named the Chapter Star Farmer, the member who has an outstanding SAE and demonstrates the most involvement in all phases of the chapter’s activities is awarded

Natalie Long received the Chapter Star in Agricultural honor, given to a member who is working for an agricultural industry.

Lora Wright received the Chapter Star in Agricultural production is given to a chapter member who has an outstanding SAE in agriculture production.

Trevor Prewitt received the Chapter Star in Agricultural Business for having an outstanding SAE in Agricultural Business.

Fifteen FFA members were recognized for receiving Area FFA degrees. A recipient must have earned at least $150 in a supervised agricultural experience program, have led a group discussion for 15 minutes, be progressing toward individual achievements in the FFA awards program, and have submitted a written application for the Area FFA Degree.

Lora Wright and Lilly Schmidt earned the State FFA Degree, the highest degree awarded by the State FFA Association. Only 3 percent of the state's membership receives this degree. A recipient must have been enrolled in agriculture classes for two years, demonstrate leadership qualities, participated in five FFA activities above the local level, and earned at least $1000 dollars, or worked at least 300 hours in a supervised agricultural experience program.

Devon Blevins and Ryan Mareth earned the American FFA Degree, the highest level an FFA member can earn, the final step in the FFA Degree system. Attaining the American FFA Degree requires a solid commitment to agriculture and FFA.

New officers were announced for the coming year. They will be: Lora Wright, president; Sam Masri and Grace Wormington, vice president; Cassidy Abramovitz and Blake Wright, secretaries; Chet Butterworth and Fernando Salas, treasurers; Gunnar Bradley, reporter; Colbe Stephenson, sentinel; Kristen Abramovitz and Katie Schmidt, historians; Clayton Dean, chaplain.

Club sponsors for the year were: Animal Clinic of Monett, Main Street Feeds, Larson Farm & Lawn, Farm Pro, Gleidt Electric, the Long Family, Friend Tire Company, Race Brothers, Lynn Schad, Jared and Mendi Wormington, Brian Prewitt, Jodi and Larry Wright, Libby and Bob Mills.