By Janet Kehres
Four hundred twenty-five members and guests attended the Wynford FFA Chapter banquet recently. Several members and FFA officers from Colonel Crawford were special guests for the evening. The banquet started with a potluck meal in the high school gymnasium. During the meal, families were invited to stand together for family pictures and group pictures as a memento of the night. Some of the pictures will be on display during the county fair when the students are showing their projects and animals. Students also handed out door prizes that was supplied by area business supporters.
The banquet was called to order by President Ethan Stuckey. Other officers for the 2015-16 school year are: Luke Scott, Vice President, Tara Zinser, Secretary, Treasurer, Mackenzie Kent, Annika Gerlach, Reporter, Aryn Copeland, Sentinel, Student Advisor, Kymber Sand, Chaplain, Jack Reed, Parliamentarian, Lynae Rausch, Historian, Madelyn Assenheimer, Farm Manager, Aaron Hand, Assistant Secretary, Lena Stiles, Assistant Treasurer, Grace Schiefer, and Assistant Reporter, Loagan Neal. Wynford allows for several students to assist different officers if they plan to become an officer in the future. They are considered officers in training.
The FFA creed was recited by Freshman Abby Underwood. The chapter members supplied numerous pies for the pie auction that was lead by auctioneer, Chad Gebhardt. Mr. Gebhardt not only entertained the crowd, but also gave the chapter a check. The money for the pie auction is used to help the students for future trips such as FFA camp and Washington Leadership Conference. A total of $2735.00 was raised through very generous bidding from the Superintendent of Wynford, Mr. Steve Mohr, Principal, Mr. Chris Solis, family members of the FFA Chapter and various supporters in the area. One particular pie brought $350. It was purchased by Avita Health. Another pie was purchased and re-donated twice, bringing in three times the amount expected for a pie. President Ethan Stuckey shared a personal note saying “I made this peach pie from the peaches I sold at Pickwick Fruit Stand. My grandmother helped me make this pie, using my great grandmother’s recipe.”
Forty-one freshmen received their Greenhand Degrees and thirteen sophomores were awarded their Chapter Degrees.
Keris Dilgard, Caleb Rausch, Emily Rudd, and Kelsie Williams were freshman GPA winners. Caleb Rausch had the “Best Notebook” for the freshman class, while Hannah White received best notebook and Brooklyn Gebhardt had the best GPA award for the sophomores. Junior Luke Scott received the best GPA and best notebook for his class. Senior Aryn Copeland had the highest GPA for the seniors.
Star awards are given to students that go above and beyond to better themselves and the FFA chapter.
This year’s recipients are: Dalton Schafer for being top fruit salesman, followed by Jack Reed, Aryn Copeland, Aaron Hand, and James Ort. Dalton sold $2500.00, while the others sold approximately $1000.00. The top strawberry salesman was Aryn Copeland selling $696.00 worth of strawberries followed by Kymber Sand, Dalton Schafer, Blake Sparks, and Nathaniel Harris.
Freshman Kelsie Williams and Emily Rudd received the greenhand award.
Luke Scott was the recipient of the chapter farmer award. Ethan Stuckey was awarded the Agri-business award and Aaron Hand received the Agri-placement plaque. Aryn Copeland and Annika Gerlach both received the 110% award given by Crawford County Ag Credit.
Nathan Weithman was awarded a plaque for being 1st in the state in Urban Soil Judging.
Honorary degree recipients were Farmers CO-OP Monnett Branch and Greg Schifer.
The banquet concluded with the induction of the new officers for 2016-2017. President is Luke Scott, Vice President Kenzie Kent, Secretary Tara Zinser, Assistant Secretary Kelsie Williams, Treasurer Grace Schiefer, Assistant Treasurer Zolton Felman, Reporter Annika Gerlach, Assistant Reporter Emily Rudd, Sentinel Madi Schiefer, Assistant Sentinel Caleb Rausch, Student Advisor Kymber Sand, Assistant Student Advisor Patrick Fast, Chaplain Jack Reed, Assistant Historian Jon Miller, Farm Manager Aaron Hand, and Assistant Farm Manager Kyle Koons.