By Joyce L. Ritchie
Toastmaster Mackenzie Daugherty welcomed the many members, friends and guests of the Triway FFA for their 89th Annual Awards Banquet on a beautiful evening in April. The dinner, served by the Triway National Honor Society and supported by Doug Flinner, Sharon Bowers, Jen Beckler, DFA and CR Blooms, was opened with the Invocation delivered by Isaac Kinney.
The 2018-2019 officer team members assisted with the BBQ dinner. They included President Daugherty, Vice-President Kinney, Secretary Denice Wolf, Reporter Brandon Rohr, Treasurer Noah Kinney, Sentinel Antonio Lang, Student Advisor Dakota Martin, and Assistant Officer Shyann Schafrath. Following the meal, the team and guests assembled in the auditorium for the Opening Ceremonies.
The FFA Emblem Ceremony was shared by freshman members including Lane Beckler, Douglas Murphy, Keith Pavlich, Gracie Manges, Hannah Schlauch, Cassandra Parsons, Andrew Westover, Angelena VanZile, Dylan Breitenbucher, Erica Burkholder, Becca Sigler, Samantha Hites, and Aurora Metz.
The FFA is the largest youth organization in the nation. This chapter is under the leadership of Kelsey Bowers and has 59 active members. Community support is vital to the ongoing success of an organization as this. The year special recognition was given to a few special individuals. They included Mr. DeFelice, Sean and Susan Shoup, Paul and Jenna Schafrath, Liz Sponsler, Zach Kinney, the Tate family, the Flinner family, Spring Run Farms, Esselburn Dairy, and the Wolf family farms.
Sean Donley was inducted as the Triway 2019 Honorary Chapter Degree recipient in recognition of his many hours of service for the chapter.
Serving as the Guest Speaker for the evening was Lindsay Shoup of the Wayne County Farm Bureau. Her motivational and words of support was followed by the presentation of membership into the Wayne County Farm Bureau to the nine graduating seniors of the chapter.
Chapter Awards were presented. Elizabeth Gilson and Isaac Kinney were this year’s top fruit sales persons. The top Strawberry Sales was achieved by Mackenzie Daugherty and Jackie Roberts.
Career Development Events (CDE) teams were recognized. The Milk Quality & Products team placed 10th at the state contest with members M. Daugherty, I. Kinney, Nathan Stillwagner, and Denice Wolf. The Dairy Cattle Team has qualified to compete at state this spring with members Christine Anfang, Ashley Hershberger, Laney Hunsberger, Noah Kinney, Aurora Metz, and D. Wolf. Other teams were called forward with each member presented a certificate of accomplishment.
Proficiency Awards were presented to Tate Firebaugh-Beef Production Placement, M. Daugherty-Dairy Production Placement, D. Wolf-Dairy Production Entrepreneurship, I. Kinney-Goat Production, T. Firebaugh-Grain Production Placement, T. Firebaugh-Landscape Management, and to Elizabeth Gilson-Sheep Production.
This year the Star Greenhand Award was earned by Laney Hunsberger for her work in her first year of FFA. The Star Chapter Award was presented to sophomore Noah Kinney. The Star County Award was presented to Junior Tate Firebaugh. The Star DeKalb Senior Achievement Award was presented to Mackenzie Daugherty. Appreciation awards were shared with seniors Mackenzie Daugherty, Denise Wolf, and Isaac Kinney.
A the program began to conclude, a year-in-review was presented, floral gifts were presented to the seniors parents, gifts were presented to the seniors, thank you gifts were given to Advisor Bowers, and officer retiring addresses were shared. Silent auction winners were announced.
The 2019-2020 officer team members were announced. They include Andrea Esselburn, President; Nicole Gayhart, Vice-President; Laney Hunsburger, Secretary; Reporter, Christine Anfang; Noah Kinney, Treasurer; Shyann Schafrath, Sentinel; Travis Burkholder, Student Advisor; and Assisting Officers of Lane Beckler, Tate Firebaugh, and Amber Morris. The new officers conducted the closing ceremonies.