FFA AWARDS BANQUET
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05 03 19
Awards Top $46K to Members
The activities and accomplishments of the Chillicothe FFA members were highlighted during the 2019 Chillicothe FFA awards banquet and ceremony at Gary Dickinson Performing Arts Center Friday evening, May 3, 2019. A total of $46,610 in awards and scholarships were presented to FFA members during the awards ceremony, and several community supporters received Honorary FFA memberships. In all, 65 FFA members took home a cash award or scholarship, and 183 students received participation medals.
Honorary Chapter FFA Degrees were presented to Clara Ratliff, John & Janet Cramer, and Brent Dickinson.
Contest awards amounting to $300 were presented to freshmen, $400 to sophomores, $400 to juniors, and $750 to seniors.
Class awards amounting to $450 were presented to freshmen, $525 to sophomores, $400 to juniors, and $525 to seniors.
In all, senior FFA students were presented a total of $36,600 in scholarships. Junior FFA students received $4,700 in scholarships and freshmen FFA members received $1060 in scholarships. Six scholarships of $3,000 or more were presented to graduating seniors.
Jerry Litton Scholarships were presented to Sydney Baxter, in the amount of $5,000, and Maggie Pfaff, in the amount of $3,000. This award is presented by the Jerry Litton Family Memorial Foundation. The recipients must show evidence of strong leadership potential as demonstrated in FFA, school and community activities, and plans to continue his or her formal education.
The Litton Livestock Awards, consisting of $75, is presented to students who keep livestock at the Litton Agri-Science Learning Center as a component of their SAE project. The award is sponsored by the Jerry Litton Family Memorial Foundation, and this year's awards went to Brock Gott (beef), Abby Burton (beef), Spencer Shira (swine), Colby Gillespie (swine).
The David and Nancy Minnick FFA Scholarship, in the amount of $3,000, was presented to Kaylee Lewis. Mr. Minnick was a 1974 CHS graduate who received many honors through Chillicothe FFA. The winner will attend the University of Missouri-Columbia in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources.
Malloree Summers received the Jackie Skipper Scholarship in the amount of $500.
Love a Farmer Scholarship was presented to Jaylyn Broyles. The award consists of $250 scholarship and is sponsored by the family of Gary R. Webb.
The Wayne Boon Memorial Scholarship, in the amount of $600, was presented to McKayla Shady.
The BTC Bank Leadership Scholarship was presented to Maggie Pfaff in the amount of $400.
The Senior Agribusiness Scholarship, consisting of $200 and a plaque, was presented to Lavery Jones. The award is sponsored by Smith Farms.
Chillicothe FFA Scholarships, in the amount of $450, were presented to Drake Bradley, Kennedie Kieffer, Meredith Oesch and Catey Trout.
Agriculture Merit Scholarships, in the amount of $300, were presented to Caitlyn Cothern, Laney Gaston, Jordan Hopper, Sara Hopper, Colten Johnson, and Wyatt Maddux.
The Livingston County Farm Bureau Scholarship is awarding Garrett Cramer and Kaylee Lewis a $250 scholarship to be used for tuition while furthering their education.
AFA Scholarships, in the amount of $4,200 each, were presented to Sydney Baxter, Garrett Cramer, and Kaylie Lewis. AFA partners with rural communities to support local students preparing for a career in the agriculture and food industry. These scholarships are awarded locally through each partnership to graduating high school seniors planning to pursue a bachelorís degree in an agriculture-related program.
The Missouri State Fair Youth in Agriculture Scholarship was presented to Sydney Baxter and Maggie Pfaff for $1500, Kaylee Lewis received a $2500 scholarship.
Mizzou Collegiate FFA Empowerment Scholarship Maggie Pfaff is the recipient of the $750 scholarship awarded to an incoming Mizzou student.
Jim Cassity Teach Ag Scholarship was awarded to Sydney Baxter in the amount of $500.
The Lee Fitchett Scholarship, consisting of $200, is given in memory of Lee Fitchett, a past agriculture instructor and assistant director at Grand River Technical School. This year's award was presented to Colton Peel.
GRTS Leadership Awards, amounting to $75 each and a plaque, were presented to freshman Owen Oesch, sophomore Warren Meservey, junior Caroline Warren, and senior Kennedie Kieffer.
Chillicothe State Bank Awards, amounting to $75 each and a plaque, were presented to freshman Selby Miller, sophomore Seth Hansen, junior Montana Plattner, and senior Jessica Moore.
Annual Agribusiness Awards, in the amount of $75 each and a plaque, were presented freshman Josh Eckert, sophomore Madison Biswell, junior Matt Hawkins, and senior Drake Bradley.
Reed Family Star Awards, presented by the Reed Family and consisting of a plaque and a $75 check to each recipient, were presented to Star Greenhands Abbey Hayen and Ilyce Peel, Star Farmer Gracelyn Swank, and Star Placement Kale Campbell.
Investor's Community Bank SAE Grant Ag Mechanics Award, sponsored by Pat Thorne Lumber Company and Orscheln's Farm and Home of Chillicothe, consists of a $50 check. Recipients were juniors Austin Minnis and Mason Francis and senior Josh DeBoer.
The Outstanding Ag Mechanics Award was presented to Wyatt Maddux. The award, consisting of $100 and a plaque, is sponsored by Woodworth Manufacturing.
The Black Family FFA Camp Scholarship, presented by the Black family to three first-year students in ag education with a trip to State FFA Camp, were given to Maggie Churchill, Christian Peniston, and Gracie West.
Kailey Hulett received the Gilliland Farm Camp Scholarship presented by Gilliland Farms to a Southwest Livingston County student to attend State FFA Camp.
Claire Ripley received the Bill Gutshall Creed Speaker Award ($100). Kaylee Lewis received the Bill Gutshall Hand Shake Award, consisting of a $500 scholarship was presented to a FFA member who was the chapter creed speaker as a freshman and has remained loyal to the FFA during their four years of high school. The award is sponsored by the Bill Gutshall Memorial.
The Don Cassada Ag Mechanics Award, amounting to $50 and a plaque, was presented to Colton Peel, the high individual on the Ag Mechanics Team. The award is sponsored by Radcliff Construction.
Kaylee Lewis received the Farm Bureau Public Speaking Award, which consists of $100 and a plaque.
Hy-Vee Contest Awards, consisting of $50 and a plaque, are given to the high individuals on various teams: Haley Kidd (livestock), Chase Neptune (forestry), Sophia Luetticke (floriculture), Ethan Hoerr (poultry).
Chillicothe FFA Alumni Contest Awards, consisting of $50 each and a plaque, were presented to high individuals on various teams: Morgan Biswell (knowledge), Bryce Wolf (issues), Madelyn Wilford (parliamentary procedures), and Clara Leamer (conduct of meeting).
The John Yeomans Public Speaking Award, consisting of a check of $100, was presented to Rachel Holt, the winner of the local public speaking contest. The award is made possible by the Hayen family.
Meredith Oesch received the Grozinger Farm Management Award, consisting of a plaque and $50. The award was presented by Jim and Paula Grozinger.
Connor Keithley received the Livingston County Soil and Water District Award, consisting of a plaque and $50.
The Agronomy Award, consisting of $100 and a plaque and sponsored by David and Carla Williams, was presented to Matney Waters.
Jordan Hopper received the T& R Ag Sales Award, which consists of a plaque and $50, for being the outstanding member on the Ag Sales team.
Gabby Hapes received the Savage Meats Award. This award, presented by Dennis and Sherry Savage, consists of $100 and a plaque. It is given to a student who shows the most aptitude in meats.
Mack Anderson and Malloree Summers received the Top Gun Trapshooting Award, given by Brandon and Brady Bothwell (past Chillicothe FFA trapshooting team members). The award consists of $100 and a belt buckle and is given to the top male and female with the highest points based on the competition performances.
The Clay Buster Award, consisting of a plaque and $50, is given to the high point trapshooting member in each grade. Recipients were freshman Ethan Cooper, sophomore Trace Rardon, junior Clayton Walker, senior Garrett Cramer.
Litton Memorial Leadership Scholarship (Washington Leadership Conference) were presented to Rachel Holt, Sam Meservey, Montana Plattner, Caroline Warren and Madelyn Wilford. The scholarships are sponsored by The Agri Leaders, TransOva Genetics, United Country Graham Agency, Chillicothe FFA Alumni, American Family Insurance, Bothwell Family, Thompson Family, Missouri FFA Alumni Association and Josh Quinn Memorial sponsored by DQ Precision Planting and Tillage and involves $940 to pay the expense of five officers to the Washington, D.C. Leadership Conference.
Gold and Silver Participation Awards were presented to FFA members. In the Freshmen class, 28 received Gold and 28 received Silver, with 56 of the 71 (78 percent) receiving awards. In the Sophomore class, 28 members received Gold and 25 received Silver, with 53 out of 57 (93 percent) receiving awards. In the Junior class, 20 received Gold and 18 received Silver, with 38 of 43 (89 percent) receiving awards. The Senior class had 13 members receiving Gold and 23 receiving Silver, with 36 of 38 (95 percent) members receiving awards.
New officers of the 2019-2020 school year were installed at the close of Friday night's program.
Officers are: Matt Hawkins (president), Madelyn Wilford (1st vice president), Caroline Warren (secretary), and 2nd vice presidents: Mack Anderson, Chloe Funk, Macy Gutshall, Seth Hansen, Rachel Holt, Connor Keithley, Warren Meservey, Montana Plattner, Trace Rardon, Keagan Valbracht.
Assistant officers for the 2019-2020 school year are Joshua Eckert (president), Selby Miller (vice president), Clara Leamer (second vice president), Ellie Barnett (secretary), Carson Crawford (treasurer), Abbey Hayen (reporter), Claire Ripley (sentinel), Allee Hein (chaplain), Abby Burton (parliamentarian), Owen Oesch (historian).
Chapter officers for the 2018-2019 school year were Sydney Baxter, Garrett Cramer, Rachel Holt, Kennedie Kieffer, Kaylee Lewis, Meredith Oesch, Maggie Pfaff, Montana Plattner, McKayla Shady, Malloree Summers, Catey Trout, Caroline Warren, and Madelyn Wilford. Assistant officers for the 2018-2019 school year were Mason Baxter, Tucker Burtch, Lucas Campbell, Seth Hansen, Colby Gillespie, Connor Keithley, Chloe Funk, Warren Meservey, Trace Rardon, Tucker Wagers.