The activities and accomplishments of the Chillicothe FFA members were highlighted during the 2018 Chillicothe FFA awards banquet and ceremony at Gary Dickinson Performing Arts Center Friday evening.
The activities and accomplishments of the Chillicothe FFA members were highlighted during the 2018 Chillicothe FFA awards banquet and ceremony at Gary Dickinson Performing Arts Center Friday evening. A total of $45,110 in awards and scholarships were presented to FFA members during the awards ceremony, and several community supporters received Honorary FFA memberships. View photo gallery In all, 69 FFA members took home a cash award or scholarship, and many students received participation medals. Honorary Chapter FFA Degrees were presented to Gary and Pam Eide, John and Annie Shipp, Sensenich Jewelry, and the Livingston County Fair Board. Six scholarships of $3,000 or more were presented to graduating seniors. Jerry Litton Scholarships were presented to Claire Shipp, in the amount of $5,000, and Marley Anderson, in the amount of $3,000. This award is presented by the Jerry Litton Family Memorial Foundation. The recipients must show evidence of strong leadership potential as demonstrated in FFA, school and community activities, and plans to continue his or her formal education. AFA Scholarships, in the amount of $4,200 each, were presented to Kaylie Campbell, Isaiah Boon and Claire Shipp. AFA partners with rural communities to support local students preparing for a career in the agriculture and food industry. These scholarships are awarded locally through each partnership to graduating high school seniors planning to pursue a bachelor’s degree in an agriculture-related program. The David and Nancy Minnick FFA Scholarship, in the amount of $3,000, was presented to Liberty Cox. Mr. Minnick was a 1974 CHS graduate who received many honors through Chillicothe FFA. The winner will attend the University of Missouri – Columbia in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. The Raymond Keith Memorial Scholarship, in the amount of $2,500, was presented to Liberty Cox. This scholarship was established by a donation from Rabo AgriFinance in memory of Raymond Keith, based on his personal values of a strong work ethic, community service, people skills and a desire to help those in need. Elitza Crouch received the Rusty and Karie Black Litton Award, presented by the Jerry Litton Family Memorial Foundation. The award consists of $500. Kaylie Campbell received the Jackie Skipper Scholarship, in the amount of $500. National FFA Scholarships were presented as follows: Kaylie Campbell (America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders, $1,500), Liberty Cox (AGCO/Zigler Dealership, $1,000), Isaiah Boon (Case IH, $1,000). The $1,500 America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders scholarship is sponsored by the Monsanto Fund. Each applicant must have local farmers nominate them to be eligible to receive this honor. Local farmers nominated Chillicothe FFA students for this scholarship opportunity: Shane Baxter, Jim Bonderer, Clint Boon, Artie Boon, Gary Breeden, Charles and Sherry Jones, Tyler Jones, Anthony and Leda Schreiner, Jim Schreiner, Jeff Westcott, Brad Wilford, David and Carla Williams, and Lance Williams. The $1,000 AGCO Dealer – Ziegler scholarship is sponsored by AGCO Cooperation and the Chillicothe Ziegler Equipment dealer. Each winner must be pursuing a two- or four-year degree or specialized training certification in any major. The $1,000 Case IH Future Farmer scholarship is sponsored by the Case IH Corporation. Each winner must be pursuing a four-year degree in select areas of agriculture including agronomy, sciences, education, finance, management, engineering, conservation and genetics. Student must live on a family farm. The Wayne Boon Memorial Scholarship, in the amount of $600, was presented to Elena Boon. In all, senior FFA students were presented a total of $36,250 in scholarships. Junior FFA students received $4,500 in scholarships and freshmen FFA members received $560 in scholarships. Contest awards amounting to $400 were presented to freshmen, $300 to sophomores, $300 to juniors, and $250 to seniors. Class awards amounting to $650 were presented to freshmen, $600 to sophomores, $375 to juniors, and $925 to seniors. GRTS Leadership Awards, amounting to $75 each and a plaque, were presented to freshman Trace Rardon, sophomore Madelyn Wilford, junior Malloree Summers, and senior Adler Marshall. Chillicothe State Bank Awards, amounting to $75 each and a plaque, were presented to freshman Connor Keithley, sophomore Lainie Cowan, junior Laney Gaston, and senior Lane Peters. Annual Agribusiness Awards, in the amount of $75 each and a plaque, were presented freshman Kale Campbell, sophomore Kristopher Holtzclaw, junior Sydney Baxter, and senior Taylor Wilkison. Reed Family Star Awards, presented by the Reed Family and consisting of a plaque and a $75 check to each recipient, were presented to Star Greenhands Julia Stimpson and Lucy Gaston, Star Farmer Montana Plattner, and Star Agribusiness Luke Hopper. Ag Mechanics Award, sponsored by Pat Thorne Lumber Company and Orscheln’s Farm and Home of Chillicothe, consists of a $50 check. Recipients were juniors Garrett Cramer and Colton Peel and senior Nathan Hoel. The Outstanding Ag Mechanics Award was presented to Hunter Horton. The award, consisting of $100 and a plaque, is sponsored by Woodworth Manufacturing. The Litton Livestock Awards, consisting of $75, is presented to students who keep livestock at the Litton Agri-Science Learning Center as a component of their SAE project. The award is sponsored by the Jerry Litton Family Memorial Foundation, and this year’s awards went to Gabby Hapes (beef), Delaney May (swine), Megan Sisson (swine), Brad Hayen (swine). The Black Family FFA Camp Awards, presented by the Black family to three first-year students in ag education with a trip to State FFA Camp, were given to Madison Biswell, Brooke Horton and Caden Thomas. Matthew Kelchen received the Gilliland Farm Camp Award, presented by Gilliland Farms to a Southwest Livingston County student to attend State FFA Camp. Hy-Vee Awards, consisting of $50 and a plaque, are given to the high individuals on various teams: Kaylee Lewis (livestock), Olivia Cross (forestry), Gabby Tiblow (floriculture), Tucker Wagers (poultry). Chillicothe FFA Alumni Awards, consisting of $50 each and a plaque, were presented to high individuals on various teams: Seth Hansen (knowledge), Lavery Jones (issues), McKayla Shady (parliamentary procedures), and Emily Pfeifer (conduct of meeting). Lucas Campbell received the Bill Gutshall Creed Speaker Award ($100). Mason Baxter received the DeLaval Dairy Cattle Judging Award, amounting to $50 and a plaque. The Don Cassada Ag Mechanics Award, amounting to $50 and a plaque, was presented to Christian Reed, the high individual on the Ag Mechanics Team. The award is sponsored by Radcliff Construction. Meredith Oesch received the Farm Bureau Public Speaking Award, which consists of $100 and a plaque. The John Yeomans Public Speaking Award, consisting of a check of $100, was presented to Marley Anderson, the winner of the local Advanced FFA Public Speaking Contest. The award is made possible by the Hayen family. Isaiah Boon received the Grozinger Farm Management Award, consisting of a plaque and $50. The award was presented by Jim and Paula Grozinger. Jessie Case received the Thomas Horse Evaluation Award, consisting of a plaque and $100. The award is sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. Roy Thomas and is presented to a student who excels at horse judging. Sam Meservey received the Livingston County Soil and Water District Award, consisting of a plaque and $50. The Agronomy Award, consisting of $100 and a plaque and sponsored by David and Carla Williams, was presented to Rachel Holt. Austin Case received the T&R Ag Sales Award, which consists of a plaque and $50, for being the outstanding member of on the Ag Sales team. Mack Anderson received the Top Gun Trapshooting Award, given by Brandon and Brady Bothwell (past Chillicothe FFA trapshooting team members). The award consists of $100 and a belt buckle and is given to the member with the highest points based on the competition performances. Liberty Cox received the Bill Gutshall Hand Shake Award, consisting of a $500 scholarship was presented to a FFA member who was the chapter creed speaker as a freshman and has remained loyal to the FFA during their four years of high school. The award is sponsored by the Bill Gutshall Memorial. Litton Memorial Leadership Awards (Washington Leadership Conference) were presented to Sydney Baxter, Kaylee Lewis, Maggie Pfaff, McKayla Shady and Malloree Summers. The scholarships are sponsored by The Agri Leaders, TransOva Genetics, United Country Graham Agency, Chillicothe FFA Alumni, American Family Insurance, Bothwell Family, Thompson Family and Josh Quinn Memorial sponsored by DQ Precision Planting and Tillage and involves $900 to pay the expense of five officers tot he Washington, D.C. Leadership Conference. Dawson Wheeler received the Savage Meats Award. This award, presented by Dennis and Sherry Savage, consists of $100 and a plaque. It is given to a student who shows the most aptitude in meats. The Clay Buster Award, consisting of a plaque and $50, is given to the high point trapshooting member in each grade. Recipients were freshman Tucker Burtch, sophomore Clayton Walker, junior Wyatt Maddox, senior Peyton Hein. The Missouri State Fair Award was presented to Liberty Cox. Love a Farmer Awards were presented to Christian Reed and Wade Campbell. The award consists of $250 scholarship and is sponsored by the family of Gary R. Webb. The Lee Fitchett Award, consisting of $200, is given in memory of Lee Fitchett, a past agriculture instructor and assistant director at Grand River Technical School. This year’s award was presented to Eric Davis. The BTC Bank Leadership Award was presented to Peyton Hein. The Senior Agribusiness Scholarship, consisting of $200 and a plaque, was presented to Austin Case. The award is sponsored by Smith Farms. FFA Scholarships, in the amount of $450, were presented to Adler Marshall, cole Wolf, Katelyn Clariday, Lane Peters, Nate Hoel. Gold and Silver Participation Awards were presented to FFA members. In the freshmen class, 37 received Gold and 25 received Silver, with 62 of the 72 (86 percent) receiving awards. In the sophomore class, 38 members received Gold and 11 received Silver, with 49 out of 52 (94 percent) receiving awards. In the junior class, 32 received Gold and five received Silver, with 37 of 40 (93 percent) receiving awards. The senior class had 29 members receiving Gold and three receiving Silver, with 32 of 36 (89 percent) members receiving awards. New officers of the 2018-19 school year were installed at the close of Friday night’s program. Officers are: Garrett Cramer (president), Meredith Oesch (1st vice president), Kennedie Kieffer (secretary), and 2nd vice presidents: Sydney Baxter, Rachel Holt, Kaylee Lewis, Maggie Pfaff, Montana Plattner, McKayla Shady, Malloree Summers, Catey Trout, Caroline Warren, Madelyn Wilford. Assistant officers for the 2018-19 school year are Seth Hansen (president) Trace Rardon (vice president), Colby Gillespie (second vice president), Lucas Campbell (secretary), Tucker Wagers (treasurer), Connor Keithley (reporter), Tucker Burtch, sentinel, Mason Baxter, chaplain), Warren Meservey (parliamentarian), Chloe Funk (historian). Chapter officers for the 2017-18 school year were Sydney Baxter, Meredith Oesch, McKayla Shady, Maggie Pfaff, Isaiah Boon, Catey Trout, Malloree Summers, Marley Anderson, Kaylee Lewis, Liberty Cox, Kennedie Kieffer, Claire Shipp, and Garrett Cramer. Editor’s Note: More photographs of FFA Award recipients will be published later this week.