Last Saturday night the John Glenn FFA hosted the 58th annual banquet with about 85 members and guests attending.
The banquet is the final function of the officer team, and it is also a chance to honor members for their accomplishments. This year's national theme for the FFA is "Premiere Leadership, Personal Growth and Career Success," and the John Glenn chapter has emphasized that goal.
Fourteen committees have worked during the year. In the banquet program it states, "We have stressed a lot of committee work this year and we feel it has allowed us to be successful in our many chapter level events." The new scholarship committee, consisting of Sarah Eddy, Wyatt Nelson, Blaide Woodburn, Lacey West, Derek Bennett and Tyler Moore, was honored for their work and dedication. This committee sold snack sticks in order to raise money for a scholarship to be presented to an FFA member. They established the criteria for the scholarship and were able to earn $300 to go toward the first scholarship this year.
"The individuals on this committee took it upon themselves to create a new scholarship available to FFA members here at JGHS," said adviser Andy Spiker about the new committee.
"This was a totally new idea that was not in our budget so the committee created a new fundraiser to come up with the funds to provide three scholarships. This was a huge undertaking for new members and they completed the task effectively and efficiently," Spiker added.
Another new project this year was the re-creation of an FFA Boosters group, which has met several times this year. The next meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. April 19 in the Ag. Room. All are welcome. The Human Resources group is planning a petting zoo to earn donations for the March of Dimes.
Finally, the Support Group committee is planning Food for America Day to be presented to East Muskingum 4th graders on May 7.
Early in the awards presentation 33 students received the Greenhand Award with freshman Carlie McCabe taking the honor of Star Greenhand.
Second year members received their chapter degree. Star Chapter Farmer went to sophomore Jaime Raley and the Star Chapter third year was presented to junior Sarah Porter and fourth year to Alan Graham.
Some of the major awards presented on Saturday went to the 2010 American Degree recipients Josh Porter, Craig Lake, Brady Cronin, Wes Marling, Adam Pattison and Melissa Snyder. They will be honored at the National FFA Convention in October.
FFA President Alan Graham will be receiving his State Degree at the state convention in May. Graham also was recognized for his senior record keeping and leadership.
Keeping records is an essential part of any business and FFA students learn about its importance each year. Other record keeping awards went to freshman Mitchell Horner, sophomore Cody Lake and junior Sarah Porter.
Besides the officers there are many students in the FFA who put in extra time and effort to make things go smoothly. These behind-the-scenes workers were recognized at the banquet. They include freshmen Blake Cronin and Joseph Holmes, sophomores Hannah Gregory and Kinsley Ansberry, juniors Jared Warne and Sierra Yoho and seniors Kourtney McManaway and Courtney Mumaw.
At the conclusion of the banquet, the old officers introduced the new officers and told of their roles. Graham then passed on the gavel to new FFA President Sarah Porter.