Soroco FFA chapter celebrates at banquet

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The Soroco High School FFA chapter held its annual banquet Thursday to recognize the hard work of its members.

About 150 community members came to celebrate and support the active members of the FFA.

“We had a lot to celebrate,” Soroco agriculture education adviser Jay Whaley said. “I just hope we can meet the standard next year and the students can stay motivated and build off of this.”

Dean Vogelaar, president of Mountain Valley Bank, gave an inspiring speech on leadership at the banquet. Freshman Tia Rozell gave “The FFA Creed” that she will give at state convention in June. At that convention in Pueblo, Jaelyn Whaley will represent the chapter as the district-winning prepared speaker. The chapter also will celebrate two proficiency winners and a runner up at the state convention.

The highlight of the evening was the selection of the chapter’s top members. For first-year members, the Star Chapter Green Hand is Jessica Rossi. Top sophomore and junior members receive the Star Chapter Farmer, and this year’s winner was Abby Horn. Madison George, deemed the top senior, was awarded the DeKalb Award. Several other awards were handed out.

2012 South Routt awards

The following students received proficiency awards for their performance in the supervised agriculture experience program:

Beef Entrepreneurship — Madison George

Beef Placement — Madison George

Diversified Livestock Entrepreneurship — Abby Horn

Diversified Livestock Placement — Madison George

Environmental Science and Natural Resources — Shelby Meyer

Sheep Entrepreneurship — Jaelyn Whaley

Sheep Placement — Madison George

Swine Entrepreneurship — Lauryn Bruggink

Nursery Operations Placement — Bailey McClung

Ag Sales Entrepreneurship — Abby Horn

Ag Sales Placement — Tristan Palyo

Diversified Agriculture Placement — Taylor Hammer

The following students received awards for the records they kept during their employment in supervised agriculture and entrepreneurial experiences:

Open Ag 1 Record Book — Jessica Rossi

Closed Ag 1 Record Book — Jacey Schlegel

Closed Advanced Ag Science Placement Record Book — Shelby Meyer

Closed Advanced Ag Science Entrepreneurship Record Book — Abby Horn

The following students kept outstanding notebooks in the classroom:

Ag 1 Notebook — Belle Horn

Ag 2 Notebook — Jacey Schlegel

Advanced Ag Science Notebook — Madison George

Ag Mechanics Notebook — AJ Anderson

Horticulture Notebook — Lindsay Miles

The following students and community groups received scholarships:

Bailey McClung — Chapter FFA Scholarship

Taylor Hammer — R and R Land and Livestock, in memory of Louis Rossi, $500

South Routt Nursery — Honorary Chapter FFA Degree. South Routt Nursery has been instrumental in the addition of the greenhouse to the program over the past two years. The chapter members really appreciate all the support they have received from Chris Zuschlag and Mike Baran.

In addition, the 2012-13 Soroco FFA Chapter Officers were seated:

President — Jaelyn Whaley

Vice President — Abby Horn

Secretary — Marley Hammer

Treasurer — Tia Rozell

Reporter — Jessica Rossi

Sentinel — Katie Parker

Executive committee head — Izabel Horn

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