Sweet Springs FFA holds annual banquet
The Sweet Springs FFA once again celebrated a long list of accomplishments during their annual chapter banquet on May 2 in the school gymnasium.
After a chapter carry-in dinner, the officer team announced awards, including $5,500 in scholarships to graduating seniors.
Ashley delRosario received the Mrs. Helen Gibson Memorial Scholarship - $250, and the Houston Mull Memorial FFA Scholarship - $250; Colby Dohrman received the Wilbur Scott Jr. Memorial FFA Scholarship, $250, the Forest Dohrman Memorial FFA Scholarship, $250 and the Houston Mull Memorial FFA Scholarship, $1,000; Alexis Eckhoff received the Houston Mull Memorial FFA Scholarship, $250; Lauren Fuehring received the Steven Trautman Memorial FFA Scholarship, $250 and the Houston Mull Memorial FFA Scholarship, $1,000; Hope Heaper received the Friends of the FFA Scholarship, $250; Russell and Barbara Sims Family FFA Scholarship, $250 and the Houston Mull Memorial FFA Scholarship of $500; Levi Smith received the Friends of the FFA Scholarship, $250; Mrs. Ruth Hermerding Memorial FFA Scholarship, $250 and the Houston Mull Memorial Scholarship, $250.
Levi Smith was also the recipient of the DeKalb Award, while Hope Heaper won the Star Chapter Farmer award; Colby Dohrman was presented the Star Agriculture Placement award and Austin Boland was named the chapter's Star Greenhand. Zach Weber was the student chosen by the Friends of the Sweet Springs FFA to represent the chapter at the Washington Leadership Conference this summer.
Kendal Dunn, district sales manager of Channel Seeds presented the chapter with a $1,000 Monsanto Chapter Challenge Award.
Proficiency winners were also announced. They were: Agriculture Communications - Heath Snider; Agriculture Sales Placement - Hope Heaper; Agricultural Services - Levi Smith; Beef Production Entrepreneurship - Colby Dohrman; Beef Production Placement - Rebecca Tyler; Diversified Ag Production Placement - Zach Weber; Diversified Crop Placement - Rebecca Tyler; Diversified Horticulture - Hope Heaper; Diversified Livestock - Lizzie Gieseke; Floriculture Placement - Hope Heaper; Forage Production - Lizzie Gieseke; Fruit Production - Colby Dohrman; Grain Production Placement - Rebecca Tyler; Grain Production Entrepreneurship - Colby Dohrman; Home and Community Development - Colten Bynum; Oil Crop Placement - Rebecca Tyler; Poultry Production - Levi Smith; Small Animal Production and Care - Lauren Fuehring; Specialty Animal - Kim Ketterman; Swine Production Placement - Colby Dohrman; Swine Production Entrepreneurship - Lauren Fuehring; Turfgrass Management - Jacob Schowengerdt and Vegetable Production - Hope Heaper.
The chapter sold more than $20,000 in fruit, cheese and popcorn for the year. The top salesperson was Jeffery Hall, who received a plaque for his more than $1,000 in sales.
Those selling $500 or more were Austin Boland; Anna-Clara Eckhoff; Megan Evans; Dillon Gilmore; Olivia Loges; Lizzie Gieseke; Kelly Griffitt; Zach Weber; Kyle Evans; Kaitlyn Fuehring; Mikalah Vogelsmeier; Rebecca Tyler, Colby Dohrman, Lauren Fuehring and Hope Heaper.
Sweet Springs students who received their American and State FFA degrees were also honored. American Degree winners were: Brent Boland, Tyler Dohrman, Katie Gieseke, Billy Martin, Mason Snider, Rachel Thornton and Kathleen Tyler. State Degree recipients were Colby Dohrman, Lauren Fuehring, Hope Heaper and Levi Smith.
Honorary Chapter FFA Degrees were presented to: Rodney and Sherri Heaper; Lola Smith, Mark Smith, Jeff and Michelle Fuehring; and Dennis and Kathy Dohrman.
Certificates of Appreciation were awarded to South Fork Farms for providing the evening's whole hog; The Cheese Store, Saline Vault Company and Piggly Wiggly for their help with contest training. Barry Guier, Bernard Lumber and Tom Fenner for helping with Barnwarming and The Sweet Springs Herald, Brian Sowers of KMMO; The Marshall Democrat-News; Janet Adkinson of KMZU; Show-Me Ag KMOS-TV for media coverage of the chapter.
Sweet Springs was the only chapter out of 19 Area VI chapters and 66 Central District Chapters to participate in every Career Development Event. Those students were also recognized during the banquet.
The team, their placing and the members follows:
Agronomy, 19th at districts - Ashton Reynolds, Christina Higgins, Tori Schleicher; Ag Mechanics, 36th at districts - Mike Melies, Derick Appleberry and Daniel Hatch; Ag Sales, 4th at districts, 8th in state, Group I rating: Brittany McNicol, Becca Schleicher, Erin Smith and Mikalah Vogelsmeier; Dairy Cattle, 32nd at districts: Zak Maples, Kyle Messer, Madison Merrill, Ashtin Hunter; Entomology, 6th at districts, 35th and Group II at state: Ashley delRosario, Hope Heaper, Levi Smith and Sarah Thomas; Farm Management, 18th at districts: Colten Bynum, Jacob Schowengert, Heath Snider and Zach Weber; Forestry, 12th at districts: Kaitlyn Fuehring, Austin Hemme, Cole Nowland and Christian Stetzenbach; Floriculture, 35th at districts: Brandon Evans, Abigail Markes, Alex Minkler, Danielle Winfrey; Horse Judging, 21st at districts: Jeffery Hall, Keegan Fiedler, Jesse McKinney, Breanna Bright; Livestock Judging, 16th at districts: Brittany Higgins, Spencer Thomas, Kati Viets, Lizzie Gieseke; Meats Team - 8th at districts, 31st, Group II at state: Austin Boland, Katelyn Minor, Aaron Dilon, Jared Dillon; Nursery and Landscape, 15th at districts: Derrick Nelson, Elizabeth White and Erin Harrell; Poultry, 27th at Districts: Kelly Griffitt, Abram Goode and Pepe Lozano; Soils Team, 3rd at districts, 40th and Group III at state: Jessica Davis,, Colby Dohrman, Lauren Fuehring and Rebecca Tyler.
Those participating in FFA Contests were also honored. They were: Austin Boland-Incomplete Production Recordbook, gold at area; Olivia Loges - Incomplete Placement Recordbook, silver at area; Colby Dohrman - Completed Production Recordbook, gold at area; Levi Smith - Completed Placement Recordbook, gold at area; Kati Viets and Zach Weber - Reporter's Scrapbook - 3rd at area; Kaitlyn Fuehring and Colten Bynum - Treasurer's Book, first at area, gold at state; Mikalah Vogelsmeier and Lizzie Gieseke -Secretary's Book, first at area and gold at state; Megan Evans - Division I Public Speaking, silver, fifth place, alternate at area; Mikaela Lea - Division II Public Speaking, first at area, sixth and group II at districts; Alex Eckhoff and Nicole Fredman - Advanced Public Speaking, silver at area; Erin Harrell - Extemporaneous Public Speaking, second at area, second at district, group 1 at state; FFA Knowledge - of Alexia Hays, Andrew Krause, Olivia Loges, Tristian Sampson fourth at area, 11th at districts, 35th at state - group II; Parliamentary Procedure - chairman Heath Snider, Colten Bynum, Lizzie Gieseke, Jacob Schowengerdt, Kati Viets, Zach Weber -first at area, fourth alternate at districts; Ag Issues-Lauren Fuehring, Kelly Griffitt, Erin Harrell, Cole Nowland, Elizabeth White, second at area, second at districts, sixth at state; Job Interview - Colby Dohrman, first at area, third at districts, sixth at state; State FFA Choir - Abigail Markes; Creed Speaking - Austin Boland, third at area, sixth at districts.
At the end of the banquet the 2012-13 officer team was installed. President - Mikalah Vogelsmeier; 1st Vice-President - Heath Snider; 2nd Vice President - Kaitlyn Fuehring; Secretary - Zach Weber; Assistant Secretary - Nicole Bright; Treasurer - Colten Bynum; Assistant Treasurer - Ashleigh Bright; Reporter - Kati Viets; Assistant Reporter - Olivia Loges; Sentinel - Austin Boland; Parliamentarian - Andrew Krause; Chaplain - Jacob Schowengerdt; Historian - Lizzie Gieseke; Jr. Advisor - Rebecca Tyler.