On April 12, 2014 the Hiland FFA Chapter held its 56th annual FFA banquet. It was at the Carlisle Inn in Walnut Creek. Rachelle Yoder, 2013-2014 president, called the banquet hall to order, followed by the invocation and dinner, opening ceremonies and the officer introduction.
The program continued with the introduction of guests and FFA Degrees.
Chapter Degrees were awarded to Nikyta Engstrom, Morgan Gingerich, Stacey Regan, Javan Scheufler, Preston Shamp, Lee Shetler, and Tanner Ward. After members receive their Greenhand and Chapter degrees, they have the opportunity to apply for the State Degree. Grant Mast in May will receive his State Degree.
Amanda Yoder, graduate from the Hiland class of 2011, received her American Degree, the highest degree a member can obtain, this past November at National Convention. Her SAE was both entrepreneurship and job placement, raising dairy feeders and hogs and working at the East Holmes Veterinary Clinic. Approximately 3,500 American Degrees are handed out each year. That number represents less than half of one percent of all FFA members.
FFA members were recognized for their participation in various CDE’s (Career Development Events) throughout the year. Urban Soil Judging, Parliamentary Procedure, Food Science, Job Interview, Public Speaking, Ag Sales, Tractor Troubleshooting, General Livestock, Wildlife, Nature Interpretation, Dairy Products, Judging Dairy Cattle, Equine Management, Trap Shoot, and Dairy Handling were some of these CDE’s. The Urban Soil Judging team made it to state, as did Kelsey Yoder with Job Interview. Rachelle Yoder went to Massachusetts to represent the state of Ohio and the chapter in Dairy Handling.
Every year, our secretary and reporter get the chance to receive rates and awards on their officer books. Preston Shamp was recognized for receiving a gold rating on his secretary book. Jessica Davis received a bronze rating on her scrapbook.
Class certificates were given to each member enrolled in an ag class. In Communication and Leadership, the students who were awards these were Kenny Clark, Jessica Davis, Grant Mast, Stacey Regan, Javan Scheufler, Preston Shamp, Lee Shetler, and Rachelle Yoder received awards. In Science and Technology, Jessica Davis, Morgan Gingerich, Jessica Hershberger, Monica Hershberger, Sara Hostetler, Taylor Miller, Grant Mast, Morgan Troyer, and Tanner Ward were recongnized. In Ag Food and Natural Resources, the students who received awards was Paige Cutshall, Marlin Herberger, Melissa Hostetler, Sinjon Howell, Natalie Lovell, Ryan Mast, Jolene Miller, Michael Miller, Tanner Neuenschwander, Aaron Nisley, Mikenzie Ryan, Kenny Slabaugh, Brandon Stutzman, Heidi Troyer, Tallie Troyer, Olivia Ward, Diane Yoder, and Kelsey Yoder. In Animal Science, Darius Rolince, Shauna Kline, Rachelle Yoder, Cody Slabaugh, Kendra Kline, Kendal Borntrager, Kenny Clark, and Nikyta Engstrom were recognized, and in Structural Engineering, it was Javan Scheufler, Dillon Zimmerly, Lee Shetler, and Preston Shamp.
Star Greenhands were Tallie Troyer and Kelsey Yoder. Star Chapter Farmer, given to a sophomore, Javan Scheufler. Star Agriscience Awards were given to two juniors, Grant Mast and Rachelle Yoder. The Star Ag Science Award was given to a senior, Jessica Davis.
The outstanding member in Communication and Leadership was Stacey Regan. In Science and Technology of Food, Tanner Ward was recognized. In Ag Food and Natural Resources, Natalie Lovell and Aaron Nisley were given awards. In Animal Science, Nikyta Engstrom was awarded. Finally, in Structural Engineering, Preston Shamp, earned recognition.
The Scholarship Award was given to several members. In Communication and Leadership, and also Science and Technology of Food, Grant Mast earned the award. In Ag Food and Natural Resources the chapter awarded, Diane Yoder. Rachelle Yoder was recognized in animal science, and Javan Scheufler in Structural Engineering.
This year, the recipients of the Entrepreneurship SAE (Supervised Agricultural Experience) Project Award are Rachelle Yoder and Grant Mast. The recipient of the Job Placement SAE Project is Monica Hershberger.
This year’s Honorary Degree member is Tim Miller. He is a local here in Berlin, Ohio and owns Dotty Valley Farm. He’s been there for the chapter many times. He was a plaque sponsor for us as well as letting us borrow his straw and wagon for the local parades. We’re very grateful for all of his help. He is truly an honorary member.
The Hiland FFA would like to thank the following people for sponsoring our plaques: Carter-Jones Company, Charm Engine, Guggisburg Cheese, Habron’s Insurance, Mast Tractor, Mast Trucking, Moore’s Lawn & Garden, Shearer Equipment, Troyer Cheese, White Law Office, and Yoder Lumber.
Members would also like to thank the following people for silent auction donations: ABB Pro Shop, Aaron Nisley, Andrea’s “Schnuck” Store, Berlin Leather, Berlin Village Antique Mall, BFearless, Creative Edge Hair Solon, Coblentz Chocolate, Ginger House Coffee, Gospel Book Store, Harvest Moon, Hiland FFA, Helping Hands Quilt Shop, Holmes Laboratory Inc, Kenny Slabaugh, Kids Collecion, Main Street Fudge and Popcorn, Mr. Weimer, New Grouds Cafe, Ormes Hardware, P.Graham Dunn Inspiration Wood Gifts, Schrock’s Amish Farm and Village, See Shel’s Treasures, Sol’s Palace in Berlin, and Sommer’s General Store.