|‘Stars’ come out for annual FFA Awards|
|Monday, April 08, 2013 1:29 PM|
The Delphos FFA held its 63rd annual Parent and Member Banquet Sunday evening. Advisor Scott Elwer presented FFA Star Chapter Awards to, from left, Sophie Wilson, Caitlin Landwehr, Wes Roby and David Leathers. (Delphos Herald/Stephanie Groves)
BY STEPHANIE GROVES
DELPHOS — The Delphos FFA held its 63rd annual Parent and Member Banquet Sunday evening to present the yearly awards and install the newly-elected 2013-14 officers.
Advisor Scott Elwer presented senior student Courtney Vanschoyck with a FFA Appreciation award for all her time and dedication she has put into assisting him.
“She has spent countless hours in the Ag room,” Elwer described her diligence. “She is almost like a secretary. I don’t know what I would do without her.”
The 110% Awards, which focus on positive attitudes, were given to Bradley Haruff and Kayleigh O’Connor.
Prior to announcing the FFA Star Chapter Awards, Elwer gave a brief speech recognizing the hard work and perseverance his 70-plus students have put into their Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE).
“We have 15 kids who rank in the upper 25th percentile,” He added. “Through all of their achievements, they have succeeded at earning close to $300,000.”
The Chapter Star in Agribusiness Award went to Sophie Wilson, who was outstanding in her SAE in agribusiness. She excels as a farm business manager specializing in sheep, maintains outstanding grades and is a member of the softball team.
This year’s recipient of the Chapter Star Farmer Award was David Leathers, who had an outstanding SAE in production agriculture and demonstrated the most involvement in all phases of the chapter’s activities. He has a deep passion for production.
Senior Wes Roby received the Chapter Star Agricultural Placement Award, who had an outstanding placement SAE in agribusiness or production agriculture. His achievements include maintaining a job on a farm, where he worked 1,600 hours; and is a state finalist in Landscape Management Placement.
The most prestigious honor, the DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award, was presented to Caitlin Landwehr, who is the retiring Chapter president, state semifinalist and has tallied 160-plus hours of community service. The DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award recognizes and encourages excellence in three areas; scholarship, leadership and agricultural work experience.
During the banquet, the newly-elected chapter officers were named. They are: President Kylie Fritz; Vice President Karen Cline; Secretary Asya Hamilton; Treasurer Sophia Wilson; Reporter Thompson; Sentinel Tatiana Olmeda; and Student Advisor Halee Heising.