The activities and accomplishments of the Chillicothe FFA members were highlighted during the 2017 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 2017 Chillicothe FFA awards banquet and ceremony at Gary Dickinson Performing Arts Center Friday evening. A total of $53,080 in awards and scholarships were presented to FFA members during the awards ceremony, and several community supporters received Honorary FFA memberships. In all, 58 FFA members took home a cash award or scholarship, and 187 students received participation medals. Click here for photo gallery Honorary Chapter FFA Degrees were presented to Bill and Angie Gutshall, Samantha Graves (Trans Ova Genetics), Dan and Wilma Graham (United Country Real Estate – Graham Agency), and Brian Sherrow (Chillicothe High School). Seven scholarships of $3,000 or more were presented to graduating seniors: Jerry Litton Scholarships were presented to Kade Plattner, in the amount of $5,000, and Emma Leamer, 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 Kade Plattner, Emma Leamer and Sarah Mason. 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. Georgia M. Hellberg Memorial Scholarships, in the amount of $5,000 each, were presented to Nick Duncan and Kyle Hansen. This national FFA scholarship is designated to those individuals pursuing four-year degrees in soil and water conservation. Georgia M. Hellberg, through her estate, and for her interest and support in the preservation of and the agricultural heritage of the country, provides this scholarship. The America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders Scholarship, in the amount of $1,500, was presented to Sarah Mason. This national FFA scholarship is sponsored by the Monsanto Fund. Each applicant must have local farmers nominate them to be eligible to receive this honor. The Wayne Boon Memorial Scholarship, in the amount of $600, was presented to Kristina Hamilton. Jack Sampsel received the Rusty and Karie Black Scholarship in the amount of $500. Gunnar Leach received the Jackie Skipper Scholarship, in the amount of $500. Cole Gutshall received the Bill Gutshall Scholarship in the amount of $500. In all, senior FFA students were presented a total of $43,800 in scholarships. Junior FFA students received $5,950 in scholarships and freshmen FFA members received $560 in scholarships. Contest awards amounting to $270 were presented to freshmen, $150 to sophomores, $250 to juniors, and $350 to seniors. Class awards amounting to $450 were presented to freshmen, $600 to sophomores, $325 to juniors, and $375 to seniors. GRTS Leadership Awards, amounting to $75 each, were presented to freshman Caroline Warren, sophomore Garrett Cramer, junior Claire Shipp, senior Madelyn Warren. Chillicothe State Bank Awards, amounting to $75 each, were presented to freshman Macy Gutshall, sophomore Kaylee Lewis, junior Isaiah Boon, and senior Brady Bothwell. Annual Agribusiness Awards, in the amount of $75 each and a plaque, are sponsored by Chillicothe Animal Hospital and Drs. Ross and Link. The awards went to freshman Luke Hopper, sophomore Lydia Martin, junior Hunter Horton, senior Sheridan Guilford. 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 Madelyn Wilford and Austin Minnis, Star Farmer Malloree Summers, and Star Agribusiness Meredith Oesch. 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 Christian Reed and Wade Campbell, and senior Kyle Hansen. The Outstanding Ag Mechanics Award was presented to Clayton Campbell. 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 Riley Brobst (swine), Montana Hall (swine), Drake Lightner (swine), and Iyanna Kille (sheep). 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 Cameron Dudley, Dawson Wheeler and Rebecca Allred. Bryce Wolf 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 Campbell (livestock), Caitlyn Cothern (forestry), Nick Duncan (floriculture), Kiley Kirkpatrick (conduct of meeting). Chillicothe FFA Alumni Awards, consisting of $50 each, were presented to high individuals on various teams: Josie Reeter (knowledge), Marley Anderson (issues), Kimberlee Roney (parliamentary procedures). Montana Plattner received the Bill Gutshall Creed Speaker Award ($100). Kole Larkins 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 Clayton Campbell, the high individual on the Ag Mechanics Team. The award is sponsored by Radcliff Construction. Jaime Albertson 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 Liberty Cox, the winner of the local Advanced FFA Public Speaking Contest. The award is made possible by the Hayen family. Sarah Mason received the Grozinger Farm Management Award, consisting of a plaque and $100. The award was presented by Jim and Paula Grozinger. Kennedie Kieffer received the Livingston County Soil and Water District Award, consisting of a plaque and $50. The Agronomy Award, consisting of $50 and a plaque and sponsored by David and Carla Williams, was presented to Carleigh Crawford. Zach Trout 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. Litton Memorial Leadership Awards (Washington Leadership Conference) were presented to Isaiah Boon, Liberty Cox, Claire Shipp, Austin Case, Elena Boon, and McKenzie Anderson. Marley Anderson received the Missouri FFA Alumni Washington Leadership Scholarship. Garrett Cramer received the Missouri Agribusiness Academy Award. AFA Conference Awards went to Cole Gutshall and Zach Trout. Missouri State Fair Awards were presented to Kaylee Peel and Kade Plattner. Love a Farmer Awards were presented to Brady Bothwell and Clayton Campbell. The award consists of $250 scholarship and is sponsored by the family of Gary R. Webb. The BTC Bank Leadership Award was presented to Madelyn Warren. The Senior Agribusiness Award, consisting of $200 and a plaque, was presented to Levi Surber. The award is sponsored by Smith Farms. The Wayne Boon Memorial Award, in the amount of $600 and a plaque, was presented to Kristina Hamilton. The Bill Gutshall Hand Shake Award, consisting of a $500 scholarship was presented to Cole Gutshall. The award is sponsored by the Bill Gutshall Memorial. The Jackie Skipper Memorial FFA Scholarship, in the amount of $500, was presented to Gunnar Leach. Jacob Sampsel received the Rusty and Karie Black Litton Award, presented by the Jerry Litton Family Memorial Foundation. The award consists of $500. FFA Scholarships, in the amount of $450, were presented to Jaime Albertson, Mason Daniel, Sheridan Guilford, Hunter Haakonstad, Jared Loney, Kaylee Peel, Jalynn Reeter, Rylee Reeter, Taylar Simmer and Zach Trout. Gold and Silver Participation Awards were presented to FFA members. In the freshmen class, 28 received Gold and 29 received Silver, with 57 of the 57 (100 percent) receiving awards. In the sophomore class, 51 members received Gold and five received Silver, with 56 out of 57 (98 percent) receiving awards. In the junior class, 39 received Gold and one received Silver, with 40 of 45 (89 percent) receiving awards. The senior class at 30 members receiving Gold and four receiving Silver, with 34 of 38 (89 percent) members receiving awards. New officers of the 2017-18 school year were installed at the close of Friday night’s program. Officers are: Claire Shipp (president), Liberty Cox (1st vice president), Marley Anderson (secretary), and 2nd vice presidents: Sydney Baxter, Isaiah Boon, Garrett Cramer, Kennedie Kieffer, Kaylee Lewis, Meredith Oesch, Maggie Pfaff, McKayla Shady, Malloree Summers, Catey Trout. Chapter officers for the 2016-17 school year were Madelyn Warren, Sarah Mason, Isaiah Boon, Cole Gutshall, Marley Anderson, Claire Shipp, Mason Daniel, Jaime Albertson, Ben Jones, Emma Leamer, Kade Plattner, Liberty Cox, Zach Trout. Editor’s Note: More photographs of FFA Award recipients will be published later this week.