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MAHS FFA holds annual banquet

MEYERSDALE -The Meyersdale Chapter of FFA held their annual to recognize the many achievements of members in the past year on April 29. Abby Shuck, Chapter President, served as the emcee for the evening’s ceremony.


Special guests included Pennsylvania State Representative Carl Walker Metzgar; Somerset County Commissioner Gerald Walker; MAHS Principal John Wiltrout; and Honorary FFA Members. Miss Emily O’Brien, State FFA Officer, was the guest speaker. 


A wide array of awards and certificates were presented to members, including:


Abby Shuck was named 2020-2021 Chapter Sweetheart. 


The following students participated in Spring Skills Contest in April:  FFA Knowledge - Emily Beal, Hannah Emerick and Bailey Knotts; Vet Science - Karaha Snyder and Bailey Knotts; Wildlife -  Karaha Snyder,  Trevor Donaldson and  Bailey Knotts; Horse Judging - Karaha Snyder, Faith Decker, Trevor Donaldson and Bailey Knotts; Small Gas Engines - Abby Shuck; Agronomy - Bailey Knotts; and Poultry Evaluation - Bailey Knotts.


The FFA awards its members who have had academic success during the school year with the scholarship award.  The following students received honor roll or honorable mention during the first three quarters during this school year.  They will be receiving a pin and a certificate for their achievements: Eighth grade -  Bailey Knotts and James Kretchman; Ninth grade - Alexis Mostoller; Tenth grade  - Emily Beal and Hannah Emerick; Eleventh grade  -  Jozie Booher, Lydia Renzi, Trevor Donaldson, Alexia Laws, Faith Decker and Karaha Snyder; and Twelfth grade -  Abigail Shuck and Lauren Kretchman.


The following eighth grade students received the Discovery FFA Degree: Bridgette Beal, Bailey Knotts, Brayden VanBogelen and Jimmy Kretchman.


Bailey Knotts received the Star Discovery Award. This award goes to the discovery degree recipient who has joined the FFA this year and showed the FFA enthusiasm and participated in various activities throughout the year.


Greenhand FFA Degrees were presented to Alexis Mostoller and Maddie Engle, ninth grade, for completion of satisfactory plans for a supervised agricultural experience program.  


Maddie Engle received the Star Greenhand degree for proven FFA spirit and dedication to the chapter.  


Chapter FFA Degrees were presented to FFA members who have satisfactorily completed at least 180 hours of systematic school instruction in agricultural education.  Students must have earned, by their own efforts from their supervised agricultural experience program, and deposited in a bank or otherwise productively invested at least $150.00 or worked 45 hours in the supervised agricultural experience program. The following members were presented with Chapter FFA Degrees: Madison Dively, Emily Beal, Hannah Emerick, Jasmine Lasure and  Sam Schardt.


Emily Beal received the Star Chapter Farmer Award for doing her share above and beyond the call of duty this past year.  


The following members earned the Keystone Degree in January 2020 at the FFA Mid-Winter Convention: Abby Shuck, Jacob Sandy, Carissa Miller, Kyler Murray, Maranda Garlitz and Lindsey Robertson. 


In October, the chapter had one American Degree recipient, McKenzie Glass. The American Degree is the highest degree an FFA member can receive.


Abby Shuck received the Dekalb Award. This award is given to a senior who had excelled in the agriculture program and SAE projects since they began in FFA.  Seniors are evaluated in three categories: scholarship, leadership and agricultural work experience. 


The following offers were recognized for their service: Hannah Emerick – Student Advisor; Madison Dively – Parliamentarian; Karaha Snyder – Reporter; Faith Decker - Sentinel; Trevor Donaldson – Chaplain; Jasmine Lasure – Historian; Emily Beal – Treasurer; Lydia Renzi – Secretary; and Alexia Laws – Second Vice-President. 


The following retiring officers and seniors were recognized: Lauren Kretchman - Vice-President; and Abby Shuck - President.


Mrs. Angie Brant, a paraprofessional at MASD, was presented with a Honorary Membership. Honorary memberships are presented to individuals who are helping to advance agriculture education and the FFA, and who have rendered outstanding service.