FFA members, family, faculty, advisors and other guests all gathered in the Hampshire High School gymnasium on May 4 for the annual FFA Parent-Member Banquet. The evening was started with an invocation from FFA chaplain Beverly Dean. It continued with introductions of the 2018 FFA seniors and the 2017-2018 Hampshire County FFA officer team. Madison Bohrer, FFA President, gave the welcome followed by Cora Alderman, FFA Vice President, with the introduction of special guests attending. Approximately 497 parents, members and guests attended.

Members received many awards for their hard work and accomplishments. Members who participated in the Wet Virginia Career Development events received gold, silver and bronze medals. Record book medals were also awarded to Madison Bohrer, Cora Alderman, Lucas Moreland and Tessa Carpenter.

Many members of the community were recognized for their contributions to the FFA chapter. Each of these community leaders has given much time, advice, financial support and friendship to al of our embers. Receiving appreciation awards was Tamitha Myers and family.

The Honorary Chapter Degree is the highest degree that a chapter can present to any community member. Each of these leaders has given of themselves for the benefit of chapter members and the organization. Receiving this honor were Eli and Misty Cook and Romney Rotary.

Mikayla Hargis brought greetings from the state association and presented members with proficiency awards. Sixty awards were presented.

Chapter salesman was recognized for selling citrus fruit and strawberries. This yearโ€™s top salesman for citrus was Jeff Boyles. The top salesperson for strawberries was George Smith. Those members who sold over 50 cases received a check and recognition.

Academics are very important to FFA members. Those maintaining a G.P.A. of 3.0 or better three of four nine weeks received a scholarship pin. One hundred and ten members received this honor.

Eighty-six FFA members received leadership pins for their outstanding ability to lead by example. The Slanesville Ruritan sponsored these awards.

Madison Bohrer received the DeKalb award. This award is given to members who are committed to FFA and have a willing work ethic. Only a select few will get the opportunity to receive this high honor that was sponsored by Monsanto.

Winners of the 2017 State Level Competition tractor driving awards were Ryan Long (6th) and Noah Wheatly (3rd). Jacob Harpring, Noah Wheatly, Jeff Boyles, Tessa Carpenter and Hagan Largent all placed top five at the 2018 Regional Level Competition and will move onto the State Level Competition in July.

The chapter recognized two members as FFA Members of the Year. These members have unselfishly given of their talents, time and carried on the tradition of a true member. They truly do bleed blue and gold. This yearโ€™s winners were Kirsten Hiett and Lucas Moreland.

The top awards of the evening were given to members that have excelled in their SAE, scholarship, FFA participation and community service. Receiving outstanding freshman awards were Tessa Carpenter, Chloe Myers and Jeff Boyles. Brandon Davis, Devin Davis, Caleigh Lupton and Lucas Moreland received Star Greenhand awards. Chapter Ag Placement went to Allison Cowgill, Ryan Long and Tanner Bennett. Chapter Agribusiness went to Cora Alderman and Audree Carpenter. Chapter Farmer went to Madison Bohrer and Hagan Largent.

Twenty-four individuals had the opportunity to receive scholarships to the Fall Leadership Conference held at Cedar Lakes. Seniors also had the opportunity to receive a scholarship from supporters of FFA. Members and their sponsors are pictured.

Retiring officer plaques were given to the 2017-2018 FFA officer team to show appreciation for their hard work. Hampshire County FFA Alumni sponsored the plaques.

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

Members of the Hampshire County FFA would like to say thank you to all supporters n 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. Our chapter is truly blessed with supporters, community leaders, parents, alumni and its members themselves. Hope to see you next year.

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