On Wednesday, April 26, the Millbrook FFA Chapter held their annual end-of-the-year banquet. At this banquet many awards were given out.
The first award given was the Greenhand degree. In order to receive this award, an FFA member must meet the following requirements:
- Be enrolled in agricultural education and have satisfactory plans for a supervised agricultural experience program.
- Learn and explain the FFA Creed, motto, salute and FFA mission statement.
- Describe and explain the meaning of the FFA emblem and colors.
- Demonstrate a knowledge of the FFA Code of Ethics and the proper use of the FFA jacket.
- Demonstrate a knowledge of the history of the organization, the chapter constitution and bylaws and the chapter Program of Activities.
- Personally own or have access to the Official FFA Manual and the Official FFA Student Handbook.
- Submit written application for the Greenhand FFA Degree.
Both Salem Priet and Christina Webber met these requirements. Salem Priet also received the Star Greenhand award.
The second awards given were the Chapter degrees. The following requirements must be met in order to receive this degree:
- Must have received the Greenhand FFA Degree.
- Must have satisfactorily completed the equivalent of at least 180 hours of systematic school instruction in agricultural education at or above the ninth grade level, have in operation an approved supervised agricultural experience program and be enrolled in an agriculture course.
- Have participated in the planning and conducting of at least three official functions in the chapter’s Program of Activities.
- A student after entering agricultural education must have: a. Earned and productively invested at least $150 by the member’s own efforts; or worked at least 45 hours in excess of scheduled class time; or a combination thereof; and b. Developed plans for continued growth and improvement in a supervised agricultural experience program.
- Have effectively led a group discussion for 15 minutes.
- Have demonstrated five procedures of parliamentary law.
- Show progress toward individual achievement in the FFA award programs.
- Have a satisfactory scholastic record.
- Have participated in at least 10 hours of community service activities. These hours are in addition to and cannot be duplicated as paid or unpaid supervised agricultural experience hours.
- Submit a written application for the Chapter FFA Degree.
Cara George, Amanda Saunders, Sarah Allder, Lacey Aikens, and Chris Shepley all received this degree.
The Honorary Membership award is awarded to someone who is helping to advance agricultural education and the FFA and who have rendered outstanding service. This award was given to Elizabeth Sampson.
Next, the Cluster Awards were given. The awards were given as followed:
- Animal Science- Sarah Allder
- Horticulture- Emma Krise
- Natural Resources- Michael Chase
- Ag Mechanics- Chris Shepley
Following the Cluster Awards, scholarship money was given to the top student in each grade. All grades, except Freshmen, are judged by their actions in an agricultural class and their grade point average (GPA). Freshmen are judged by their grade and participation in an agricultural class. The following awards were given:
- Freshmen- Charlie Shepley
- Sophomore- Kristen Smith
- Junior- Cara George
- Senior- Ingrid Horta
In the fall, the FFA conducted their annual Fruit & Meat Sale. Kiara Torrey was the top seller.
After the awards, the 2017-2018 officers were elected. The positions are:
- President- Cara George
- First Vice President- Sarah Allder
- Second Vice President- Hannah Sampson
- Secretary- Emma Krise
- Treasurer- Michael Chase
- Reporter- Charlie Shepley
- Sentinel- Salem Priet
- Historian- Amanda Saunders
Congratulations to everyone who received awards and obtained an officer position.