BIDWELL — On April 18, four River Valley FFA members went to the state animal management contest in Columbus. Those members are Caleb McKnight, Kaylee Schultz, Bailey Bennett and Destiny Dotson. At the contest members were required to watch a slideshow and be able to answer 50 questions about the presentation. Also, they did a practicum of identifying animals and identifying what diseases that the animals had.
On May 12, the River Valley FFA Chapter held their annual banquet. The banquet was called to order and conducted by the current officer team. The team includes President Jenna Burke, Vice President Kaylee Schultz, Secretary Caleb McKnight, Treasurer Allison Hale, Reporter Skylar Jones, Sentinel Jake Edwards, and Student Advisor Josie Jones. The chapter welcomed guest speaker, Philip Eberly. Philip served as a 2017-2018 vice president at large for the Ohio State FFA.
Greenhand Degrees were awarded to 45 freshmen members. Chapter Degrees were presented to 27 second-year members. Eight members were also recognized for receiving their State FFA Degrees. Kaylee Lambert and Mikayla Pope will be awarded their American FFA Degrees in the fall and received special recognition for their hard work.
FFA Advisor Matthew Huck also presented several special awards for the year’s achievements. Special award winners included Outstanding Freshman Cody Black, Outstanding Sophomore Joel Brumfield, Outstanding Junior Caleb McKnight, Outstanding Senior Allison Hale. Honorary Member was awarded to Hannah Burke for her service to the chapter over the past four years. Freshmen Taylor Huck was chosen as the Star Greenhand Award. Jenna Burke and Kaylee Schultz split honors as the Star Chapter Award winners.
River Valley FFA Alumni President, Stanley Bowman, presented three senior members with scholarships. The scholarship winners were Jenna Burke, Kaylee Schultz, and Ashleigh McGuire.
New officers were also installed for the upcoming year. The 2018-2019 FFA officers are President Caleb McKnight, Vice President Josie Jones, Secretary Destiny Dotson, Treasurer Kennedy Lambert, Reporter Taylor Huck, Sentinel Jake Edwards, and Student Advisor Joel Brumfield.
FFA members say the banquet was a huge success thanks to many individuals and businesses who donated time, door prizes and bought auction items. FFA thanks everyone who continually supports the chapter and helps provide agricultural opportunities for members.
Submitted by River Valley FFA Reporter Taylor Huck