|Knippen's earns Honorary Chapter Degree|
|Tuesday, April 08, 2014 10:46 AM|
BY STEPHANIE GROVES
The 2014/15 Chapter Officers include: President Karen Cline, Vice President Sophia Wilson, Secretary Asya Hamilton, Treasurer Sarah Fitch; Reporter Kiersten Teman and Sentinel Tatiana Olmeda.
Knippen Chrysler, Dodge Jeep representative Tom Ring accepted the annual Honorary Chapter Degree, which was given to the company for providing transportation for both Jefferson and St. John’s high school students during FFA functions and events.
Advisor Scott Elwer summarized that the Dekalb Award goes out to the elite of the elite. He announced Kylie Fritz was chosen for the award and was a chapter officer, took part in the National Convention, is a hard worker, raised 22 pigs and is a great family friend.
The American Star Awards represent the best of the best among thousands of American FFA Degree recipients. Finalists for the award have mastered skills in production, finance, management and/or research.
Elwer said the recipient of the Star Greenhand award, Brent Buettner, is a special part of a true family farm growing popcorn, soybeans and wheat. He has taken part in the Greenhand Quiz, earned $13,000 by working 300 hours in swine production and is a great student.
Jason Wittler was named the Star Chapter Farmer. He was the member with the top production agriculture SAE program each year and was recognized for his achievements in both career and leadership development. Elwer said Wittler really cares about agriculture and shows the true characteristics of an agriculturist.
Andy May was awarded the American Star in Agricultural Placement, which is given to the one member with the best placement SAE program and proven leadership skills. Elwer said May’s placement experience included paid labor hours working with United Equity where he clocked 600 hours for a total of $6,000.