At the end of every school year, Big Walnut/DACC FFA members and their families and friends gather at Big Walnut High School for a banquet and recognition ceremony.
Following this year’s dinner everyone retired to the auditorium for a student-led program, FFA Crosses the Border.
FFA members welcomed School District Board members, administrators, high school staff and area business owners who support the local FFA chapter, before launching into a program filled with awards and recognitions.
The 2013/14 FFA officer team — President Katelynn Cheadle, Vice President Shane Hanly, Secretary Kristen Hill, Treasurer Evan Thiergartner, Reporter Kaitlyn Headlee, Sentinel Austin Hale, Student Advisor Trey Howard, and Assistant Officer Bradyn Dronsfield — conducted the evening’s ceremony.
FFA members who received Big Walnut/DACC Alumni Scholarships were Kaitlyn Headlee, Kristen Hill, Evan Thiergartner and Hailey Wauben.
Leadership Award winners were Katelynn Cheadle, Kristen Hill, Evan Theirgartner and Ali Carter.
Greenhand Degrees went to Zach Pruyn, Justin Mackay, Caleb Odell, Zane Tuttle, Harrison George, Jacob Howard, Hailey Wauben, Emily Boyd, Kyle McKibben-Warren, Ali Carter, Brady Daniels, Garrett Gollihugh and Brittany Peters.
FFA members who received their Chapter Degree were Evan Thiergartner, Aaron Zieg, Ethan Hale, Josh Eastwood, Alexandra Brown, Jenni Coleman and Austin Killen.
This year’s Star Chapter Farmer Award went to Kristen Hill; the Star Greenhand Award went to Hailey Wauben.
Of special note Bill Hanly was recognized with an Honorary Chapter Degree.
The evening always closes with the announcement of the next school year’s Big Walnut/DACC FFA Officer Team. At the helm during 2014/15 will be President Kristin Hill, Vice President Evan Thiergartner, Secretary Jacob Howard, Treasurer Noah Hale, Reporter Ashley Bennett, Sentinel Ethan Hale, and Student Adviser Ali Carter.
FFA stands for Future Farmers of America, but ask any of the students involved in the high school’s Ag Science program, and they will tell you that FFA is more than just a program for those who want to pursue a career in farming.
FFA participants go on to careers not only in farming, but also into a whole host of agricultural related careers that fall under the FFA umbrella, including veterinary services, biological research and food processing, delivery, and marketing. Big Walnut’s Ag Science program and FFA also lay foundations for careers in forestry, land management and the environmental sciences.
There are 23,000 FFA members statewide. FFA is the largest high school youth organization in America, with a national membership roster approaching half a million students.
For more information about FFA in Ohio, go to < ohioffa.org >.