PETTISVILLE - On Tuesday, March 25, the Pettisville FFA chapter held their 64th annual FFA Banquet. The chapter honored the 80th year of the FFA Jacket as well as awarded many students for their accomplishments. Monsanto gave a donation to the Pettisville chapter through the America’s Farmers Grow Communities project after being nominated by Dean Genter. Jay Pursel represented Genter Farms
This year, 16 freshmen, four juniors and two senior FFA members received their Greenhand Degrees. The Greenhand Degree is the first degree a FFA member can receive.
The Star Greenhand Award was given to Jacob Dennis, son of John and Susan Dennis, for his participation in Career Development Events (CDE) and for his Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) projects. Nine members were recognized for earning their Chapter FFA degree. The Star Chapter FFA Award was given to Justin Nofziger, son of Greg and Jodi Nofziger. The Star Chapter FFA Award is given to the student who has a strong SAE and is active in the FFA chapter. It takes hours of hard work and dedication to meet these requirements.
Dean, Greg, and Lucas Nofziger of Nofziger Seeds and Nx2 Farms were elected as the Honorary Members for the Pettisville FFA. They are long time donors and supporters. They have assisted with donations of money, seed and equipment toward the production and development of the local FFA land plot.
Four members completed proficiency applications with each judged a winner the District 1 competition. Chrysta Beck, Daniel Sauder, and Hannah Meller all placed in the top four in the state with their proficiencies in Poultry Entrepreneurship, Specialty Animal and Agriscience Research- Plant Science Division, respectively. Josiah Hoops placed first in the district in his proficiency of Diversified Crop Production.
Four sophomores were awarded local proficiency awards and received a check from the alumni. They were Ines Coronado for Vegetable Placement, Andrew Sauder for Specialty Animal Production, Aleeyha Kurth for Equine Placement and Justin Nofziger for Beef Production Entrepreneurship.
Jacob Dennis placed fourth in the County Creed Speaking and received a gold rating. Trisha Cousino placed third in the county in the Job Interview contest. The Parliamentary Procedure team of Logan Nofziger, Daniel Sauder, Josiah Hoops, Mikayla Crouch, Hannah Meller, Kaylyn McDermott, Chrysta Beck and Trisha Cousino also received a pin.
The members of the Ag Engineering team of Forest Stuckey, Daniel Sauder and Josiah Hoops placed ninth in the state with Josiah placing second individually. The agronomy team of Daniel Sauder, Logan Nofziger and Josiah Hoops placed third in the District Agronomy Invitational.
Jacob Dennis, John Rufenacht and Lynnsey Crouch placed third in the district Greenhand Quiz. The Equine team of Hannah Meller, Rebekah Gollihue and Aleeyha Kurth place third as a team with Hannah placing second individually. Josh Cerda, Dustin Nofziger and Mikayla Crouch placed fourth in the district in the Meats competition.
Trisha Cousino as secretary and Chrysta Beck, as treasurer were recognized for their Gold Rated officer books. Mikayla Crouch as reporter was recognized for her silver rating on her scrapbook.
Four individuals attended the Ohio Agri-Science Fair last May and were recognized for their accomplishments. Chrysta Beck, Jacob Dennis, Hannah Meller and Dustin Nofziger all placed first in their division with gold ratings.
This year’s top four salespeople for fall sales were Dustin Nofziger, with sales of $5,537.50, Hannah Meller, ($4,277), Lynnsey Crouch ($2,776) and Caitlin Beck ($1,300). They each received a prize from the chapter.
Justin Nofziger was recognized as the Pest Hunt top performer. Chrysta Beck, Hannah Meller, Jacob Dennis and Justin Nofziger received the record keeping award for their class with Josiah Hoops being named the Nofziger Farm Service top record keeper for the chapter. The Scholar Award was given to Chrysta Beck, daughter of Dave and Beth Ann Beck, for having the highest overall GPA out of the junior and senior classes.
The Pettisville FFA Alumni and FFA Friends hand out a scholarship to a senior who plans on attending college studying agriculture or business. This year’s recipient was Chrysta Beck. Josiah Hoops also received a college scholarship from the Herring Family Farm. The Alumni College Scholarship, which is a graduated FFA member studying agriculture in college, was given to Aaron King. He is currently studying agri business at Joilet College in Illinois.
The Ron Rupp Leadership award was given to Logan Nofziger, son of Mick Nofziger and Melissa McKeever. This award is determined from votes from the FFA members and points from the chapter leadership chart.
The Junior and Senior Achievement Awards go to students that have the highest combined score from their SAE, leadership and scholarship areas. The Senior Achievement Award was earned by Chrysta Beck. The Junior Achievement Award was earned by Hannah Meller.
The Positive Points Performer Awards are given to the most active of each class. Thirty-three members received a FFA multi tool key chain.
Jordyn Pursel, daughter of Jay and Karla Pursel, was crowned the 2014-15 sweetheart. Jordyn was crowned by last years’ sweetheart, Kaylyn McDermott.
The 2014-15 officer team was installed with Jordyn Pursel as president, Justin Nofziger as vice-president, Hannah Meller as secretary, Dustin Nofziger, treasurer, Mikayla Crouch, reporter, Jacob Dennis, sentinel, and Eli King as student advisor for the club.
The chapter is very grateful to the award sponsors as follows: Pettisville FFA Alumni and Friends, Beck Show Lambs, Burkholder Farms, Rufenacht Farms, Nofziger Farm Service and Herring Farms.
“I thought that the Pettisville Missionary Church was a great place to have the banquet, it was a very nice place,” said Lynnsey Crouch.