Anna FFA honors members and supporters


By Lindsay McEldowney - For the Sidney Daily News



ANNA — The Anna FFA held their annual banquet on March 18 with more than 300 members and guests in attendance. The FFA develops and improves its students’ leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural experience and education. The officer team put together a presentation that reflected the FFA chapter and its activities as well recognize the success of its members.

The chapter distributed several awards. Among them were fruit sale awards. This year the chapter generated about $67,000 in fruit, nuts, barbeque sauce, cheese, half-hog raffle tickets, and beef jerky. The top three sellers of the chapter were Riley Huelskamp, Kaitlyn Wells, and Gage Wannemacher. Each received a plaque for their efforts.

This year’s Star Shop Award was given to Gage Wannemacher. He has been a great help to Tim Zimpfer and Sarah Heilers throughout the year. He went above and beyond the rest of the students in the class by completing multiple projects, including: a burned step with metal edging and sand grip on top, a wooden table for Provico, a walnut chest with intricate designs burned into it, and a wooden quote decoration. His continued hard work, from cleaning the shop to always staying on task has shown others what it truly means to be a great star shop award recipient and FFA member.

The Star Greenhand Award is a prestigious award that is granted to a first-year member of the FFA who has been most active in the chapter’s activities. This year, Lauren Thornhill received this award because she has excelled in participation of career development events and has stellar plans for her Supervised Agricultural Experience. She has been a great example for the other Greenhand members of our chapter, and she has allotted much of her time to this organization.

The Star Chapter Award is another important award that is given to a member that has exhibited a tremendous involvement and growth through their FFA experiences. Amber Zimpfer and Aubrey Hoying received the award this year. They were given this special award because of their outstanding SAEs and their continued involvement in the FFA. Aubrey works on her family’s dairy farm, and Amber is working for her dad and uncle on the family farm as well.

The Exceptional Service and Leadership Award was bestowed upon the officers for the 2018-2019 year, which includes Lexi Wells as president, Tyler Zimpfer as vice president, Jared Seigle as assistant vice president, Liz Michael as treasurer, Gage Wannemacher as assistant treasurer, Lindsay McEldowney as reporter, Grace Maurer assistant reporter, Morgan Meyer as secretary, Molly Batchelder as assistant secretary, Riley Thobe as student adviser, Riley Huelskamp as sentinel, and Derek Wolters as CDE/family coordinator. They have encouraged new FFA members to get involved in various activities and have provided exceptional leadership to the underclassmen. Additionally, they have exhibited outstanding service to the Anna FFA Chapter and to their community.

Jerry and Mary Ann Wells received the Honorary Degree. They received this degree for their dedication to the Anna FFA chapter. They have helped the FFA tremendously by contributing to various elements in our chapter. They have assisted the Anna FFA by harvesting the FFA crop plot and helping at various FFA activities, including the Alumni breakfast. Their contributions are greatly appreciated.

The Anna FFA Chapter also recognized the 2018-2019 officer team and inducted the officer team for the 2019-2020 year. The new officer team consists of: Liz Michael as president, Morgan Meyer as vice president, Derek Wolters as assistant vice president, Gage Wannemacher as treasurer, Amber Zimpfer as assistant treasurer, Lindsay McEldowney as reporter, Aubrey Hoying as assistant reporter, Riley Thobe as secretary, Brynn Billing as assistant secretary, Macy Egbert as student adviser, Mary Landis as sentinel, Ethan Freytag as CDE coordinator, and Abigail Nowlin as family coordinator.

Congratulations to all the award recipients on their hard work, leadership and achievements. Thank you to all students, guests, and honorees for attending and supporting all of the Anna FFA accomplishments throughout the year.

By Lindsay McEldowney

For the Sidney Daily News

The writer is the reporter for the Anna FFA.

The writer is the reporter for the Anna FFA.