Perrin FFA members and families gathered Tuesday to celebrate a successful year of showing and judging. The gala was called to order by FFA President, Eric Hall, and guests enjoyed a delicious lasagne meal, served by “The Pizza Place” (Weatherford), which was topped off with cherry and peach cobbler! Once the bellies were full, the awards ceremony was officially opened in Parliamentary fashion by VP Katie Blakeley and the other officers.
The awards ceremony was underway with the recognition of past Honorary Members, the families of the current officers, school officials, FFA Alumni, as well as current and past Oil Belt District Officers. Next came the handing out of the Greenhand Degrees, with 14 students receiving their certificates and pins. Brigham Richardson (Freshman) received the Star Greenhand award for 2014.
- Brady Adair
- Brice Adair
- Kate Argo
- Kacy Beck
- Ian Bloodworth
- Jetton Cansler
- Aubrey Chapman
- Tara Hill
- Caden Lay
- Tiffany Martin
- Mariah Ortiz
- Brigham Richardson
- Hailey Sulkowski
- Rebecca Vela
8 members were then recognized and received the Chapter FFA Degree. These students were awarded a certificate and a silver pin.
- Joey Anderson
- Tristen Barbare
- Hunter Francis
- Cole Hall
- Hayden Parker
- Aidan Sims
- Chase Talley and
- Shantel Zuber
Hunter Francis was named the Star Chapter Farmer. Francis was also recognized for receiving the Lone Star Degree, along with Rebecca Chalfant, Jared Holmes, and Maddison Richardson. These four students will travel to Corpus Christi to receive their prestigious awards from the State of Texas. The local chapter hands a Star Lone Star Award, recognizing a student for their achievements in the chapter. Jared Holmes received that award.
Next, recognition was given to 3 families that have given to the chapter and students in many ways. From giving their time, service and even giving students the opportunity to show animals they otherwise would not have had the chance to show, these families received the Honorary Chapter Degree:
- David and Ashley Hamilton (RAD Show Goats, Perrin Texas)
- Jim and Amber Self
- Lacy and Casey Burton
The students that participated in the LDE’s and CDE’s were then recognized. These are contests that promote Leadership Development as well as Career Development, with events ranging from Skills Testing to Poultry Judging to Floriculture and Horse Judging and many more between. These contests were held recently in Stephenville.
Perrin had 44 students that participated in Livestock showing this year. From the local Perrin Show to the majors, these students and their animals generated an approximate total of $52,720 in livestock sales at 9 shows across the state!
The chapter then recognized the Jr. FFA members. These students are the future of the chapter, which appears to be in good hands!
- Brock Adair
- Landry Anderson
- Colby Burwell
- Jasper Cansler
- Jake Holmes
- McKailah Kovar
- Evan Kuhn
- Frankie Martin
- Clayton Martin
- Clayton Mclemore
- Kennedy Richardson
- Lane Self and
- Lynlee Self were brought to the front and introduced to the standing room only crowd. Lane Self was recognized for being the Champion Junior Showman in both the Swine and the Cattle Divisions this year at the Jack County Fair.
The Dekalb Award went to Katie Blakeley. This award will hang in the school for years to come. The Top Hand Award was given to Kali Parker, to recognize exceptional work in the chapter.
Ag teacher, Jesse Laine, then handed out several “special awards” to students that he wanted to personally recognize with Teacher Awards…
- “Green Thumb” Award went to Kaylee Love and Derek Ray
- “Shop Hand” Award went to Creede Lee and Mason Bowland
- “Workhorse” Award went to Braden Bloodworth
- “Clash of Clans” Award went to Chase Talley
- “Dynamic Duo” Award went to Ashlyn Cox and Danyelle Kuhn
- “Future Welder” Award went to Chris Martichuski, and
- “Yolk of this Establishment” Award went to Sydney Beck
Several of the seniors were recognized for receiving their graduation cords. For this award, students must have received their Chapter Farmer Degree and have kept a satisfactory scholastic record. The 8 students receiving their cords were:
- Katie Blakeley
- Leslie Burwell
- Eric Hall
- Kaily Hamman
- Creede Lee
- JP Monroe
- Kali Parker and
- Spencer Nunley
Next came the recognition of the retiring officers, and the installation of the new officers for the coming year. Tears were shed as the current officers “passed the torch” to their replacements. many friendships were made throughout they years as these students worked together to promote, not just their local chapter, but agriculture in general to a public that has lost the appreciation for what they do.
- Eric Hall, President
- Katie Blakeley, Vice President
- Jared Holmes, Secretary
- Maddison Richardson, Treasurer
- Hunter Francis, Reporter
- Kali Parker, Sentinel
Officers for the 2015-2016 year:
- Brigham Richardson, Sentinel
- Cole Hall, Reporter
- Aidan Sims, Treasurer
- Hunter Francis, Secretary
- Maddison Richardson, Vice President
- Jared Holmes, President
After watching a poignant video canvassing the past year, the graduating senior members of the FFA participated in the “Senior Last Walk”. With sniffles heard throughout the cafeteria, the senior students walked through the room and in front of the stage to lay their FFA jackets upon a chair.
Soon after, new President Jared Holmes led the Pledge of Allegiance and declared the meeting adjourned. Congratulations to all FFA members for a successful year!