The Mount Vernon FFA held its annual banquet on March 9. Family members came to celebrate members’ achievements, participation, and hard work throughout the 2020-2021 year.
The program began with an introduction to the 2019-2020 officer team. Several groups of students were recognized throughout the evening for various awards, activities, and participation including: SAE (Supervised Agricultural Experience) recognition, CDE (Career Development Event) participation, Leadership, Scholarship, Fundraising, and Degrees. Brock Blankenhorn, Star Greenhand Award
Dee-Jays Custom Butchering was presented with this year’s Honorary Chapter Degree for donation of meat and various animal systems for the chapter’s Vet Sciences class. Nate Beach was also presented with the 2020 Honorary Chapter Degree for continuous support, dedication, and service he has shown to the chapter.
The following members received special awards voted on by the chapter or chosen by the instructor.
Queen – Anna Patterson
King – Erich Rhodeback
Star Greenhand – Brock Blakenhorn
Star Chapter Farmer – Anna Patterson
Star Senior – Anna Patterson
Additionally, Zoe Mock and Isabelle Bobo were both honored for their gold State Rated Officer Books.
The chapter will graduate eight members with the Mt Vernon High School class of 2021: Mattie Butler, Isabelle Bobo, Gavin Burke, Raylene Fletcher, Lelia HIll, WIlliam Hux, Anna Patterson, and Erich Rhodeback.
The evening concluded with the announcement of the 2021-2022 officer team- President Erin Combs; Vice President Brock Blankenhorn; Secretary Oliver Ruprecht; Treasurer Logan Armstrong; Reporter Orissa Humes; Sentinel Hailey Stagg, and Student Advisor Ashlyn Lust.