The founding fathers of the Hampshire County FFA receive their award last Friday night at the 50th anniversary banquet. Pictured are from left to right Tommy Swisher, Jimmy Daugherty, David Oates, Eddy Whitacre, Norval Wood.

SUNRISE SUMMIT —Future Farmers of America members, family, faculty, advisors and other guests all gathered in the Hampshire High School gymnasium last Friday for the annual FFA parent-member banquet.

The evening was started with an invocation from FFA Chaplain Darren Smith. The evening continued with introductions of the 2015 FFA seniors and the 2014-2015 Hampshire County FFA officer team. 

John Seldon, FFA President, gave the welcome followed by Travis Veach, FFA Vice President, with the introduction of special guests attending. Approximately 535 parents, members and guests attended.

Special recognition was given to the 1964-65 FFA officer team.

Mr. William Roomsburg presented each officer with a retiring plaque in honor of 50 years. Officers attending were Norval Wood, Eddy Whitacre, David Oates, James Daugherty and Thomas Swisher. It was an honor celebrating 50 years of FFA with these founding fathers of Hampshire FFA.

For only the 5th time, The Blue and Gold Award was given to FNB and The Bank of Romney. This award is given to community leaders for outstanding support for numerous years.      

Members received many awards for their hard work and accomplishments. Members who participated in the West Virginia Career Development Events received gold, silver and bronze medals.

Record book medals were also awarded to Catherine Largent, Darren Smith, Kirston Sowers and Madison Bohrer. Hampshire Meats and Mr. Troy Pyles received appreciation awards.

Honorary degrees were given to Mr. and Mrs. Matthew and Karen Hott, Mr. and Mrs. Phil and Becky Bohrer, Mr. and Mrs. Forrest and Melissa Alderman, Miss Larissa Sowers and Mrs. Nikki Oates. This is the highest honorary degree the chapter can give to a community leader.

Citrus Fruit top sellers were recognized for their hard work for the chapter. Darren Smith was recognized for being the chapter’s top salesperson at 70 cases. Those who sold over 50 cases received a check and recognition. The first strawberry sale was a success with Sydney Park as the top seller with 129 quarts sold. Over 3,000 quarts were sold.

Academics are very important to FFA members. Those maintaining a G.P.A. of 3.0 or better received a scholarship pin. One hundred fifteen members received that award. The awards are sponsored by The Hampshire County Farm Bureau.

 Leadership pins were given to members for their outstanding ability to lead by example. One hundred ten FFA members received this honor. These awards are sponsored by the Slanesville Ruritan. 

Travis Veach and John Seldon received the DeKalb award. This award is given to members who are committed to FFA and have a willing work ethic. Only a selective few will get the opportunity to receive this high honor sponsored by Monsanto.

Winner of this year’s tractor driving award was John Seldon. The other participants were Cloyce Sowers, Hunter Thorne, Zachary Davis, Logan Alderman, Katelyn Keckley and Raven Haines.

Allison Hott, Jordan Clark, Madison Bohrer, Hannah Corbin, and Nathan Walker were awarded the Outstanding Freshman Award. Makayla Kidner, Cloyce Sowers, Kirston Sowers and Sydney Park were awarded the Star Greenhand Awards.

Members receiving Star Chapter awards were Catherine Largent, Logan Alderman, Paige Bohrer, Ashton Sowers, Todd Bennett, Kayla Didawick and Travis Veach.

John Seldon received The Golden Eagle Award. It is the highest award given out. John has been a very active member and outstanding leader over the past 4 years.

Jan Pyles and Raven Haines were given members of the year. These members gave an excessive amount of time to the organization over the past year.

Thirty-five members had the opportunity to receive scholarships to the Winter Leadership Conference held at Cedar Lakes. Seniors also had the opportunity to receive a scholarship from supporters of the FFA.

Retiring officer plaques were given to the 2014-2015 FFA Officer Team to show appreciation for their hard work sponsored by the Hampshire County FFA Alumni.

The evening ended with a slide show of the seniors. Officers gave the closing ceremony and the banquet hall was adjourned.

Members of the Hampshire County FFA would like to say thank you to all supporters in the community, parents of members, advisors, faculty and staff of Hampshire High School and everyone who took the time to come out and enjoy the FFA banquet.  We hope to see you next year.

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