Over 330 people attended the 61st annual Cass Career Center FFA Banquet held May 14th at Harrisonville High School. Parents, members, and guests enjoyed a BBQ brisket, ribs, and pork meal while watching FFA members receive recognition for a successful year of activities and competitions.
Master of Ceremonies and FFA President Laura Powers called the banquet to order at 7:00. The Honorary Chapter FFA degree was bestowed upon Lowell & Vicky Hartzler, Jackie Johnson, and Sarah Staude for their help and support of the FFA Program.
Samantha Warner, Past State FFA President, gave an inspirational talk to FFA members.
Over $15,000 in scholarships was given to eleven graduating seniors who will be continuing their education next year. Winners of the FFA Achievement Scholarship were: Chris Carver, Dalton Decker, Ashleigh Eastwood, Kyle Edwards, Holly Jones, Kelsey McDowell, Kaci Myler, Laura Powers, and Levi Reynolds.
The Hartzler Equipment Scholarship went to Holly Jones. The Crop Production Services Scholarship went to Charlie Moore.
New this year, the Stanley and Marjorie Gardner Scholarship went to Holly Jones.
Kyle Edwards was the recipient of the Larry Reece Memorial Award. Dalton Decker was announced as the Outstanding Senior in Conservation.
Heath Wernex of Harrisonville High School, received the Chapter Star Farmer Award, sponsored by Cass County Farm Bureau, for his herd of beef cattle. The Chapter Star Agribusiness Award, sponsored by USDA Farm Services went to Dusty Bennett. The Chapter Star in Placement, sponsored by Golden Valley Tractor of Harrisonville, went to Kaci Myler of Harrisonville.
Second year members receiving the Chapter FFA Degree were: Dusty Bennett, Victoria Bostic, Storm Coakley, Charlie Crews, Dustin Delmont, Trisha Dinges, Kayla Dobson, Jordan Gibler, Jon Gillotte, Cody Gregg, Brandon Hahn, Brian Jameson, Justin Kilbane, Sean Lokits, Ciara Maddox, Brandon Perriman, Mikalah Rea, Holly Reynolds, Christin Ross, Adam Rushly, Dustin Rusk, Lucy Stiles, Heath Wernex, and Eric Whaley.
Mattie Moore, was announced as the Star Greenhand, sponsored by FCS Financial. Other first year members receiving their Greenhand degree were: Megan Adams, Bryce Alexander, Levi Anderson, Tamara Bixler, Cameron Booth, Joe Brown, Holly Burkhart, Dalton Butler, Caleb Call, Taylor Call, Luke Cook, Sarah Cooper, Amy Crust, Christina Dexter, Emily Dickerson, Andy Dodson, Megan Dodson, Josh Dooley, FreddieJo Drake, Mark Dudley, Caleb Gerke, Tara Glidewell, Jason Goss, Grace Hamilton, Malachi Hargis, Josh Hartwig, Cody Hasek, Jamie Hasenyager, Kayla Hensley, Jacob Hillman, Emily Hix, Amanda Hughes, Nick Ingrassia, Feryn Jones, Shelby Kidwell, Amanda Knowles, Brett Lamb, Shelby Lavery, Mattie Moore, Hayden Murphy, Danyelle Opat, Zach Oryall, Kara Pennington, Jessica Poe, Michael Porter, Jessie Pulliam, Ethan Roberts, Chris Roth, David Roth, Joseph Russell, Olivia Schultz, Libby Semler, Chris Simpson, John Shaw, Ben Sudheimer, Zach Tarter, Austin Thomas, Mollee Vassar.
Harrisonville Senior, Laura Powers, was announced as the DeKalb Outstanding Senior, receiving a plaque, letter from the President of Monsanto, and a medal.
Winners of Proficiency Awards for their Supervised Ag Experience Projects were: Holly Jones (Ag Education), Josh Hargis (Ag Mechanics Design & Fabrication), Cody Wallen (Ag Mechanics Design & Fabrication), Josh Holden (Ag Mechanics Energy Systems), Cory Kuykendall (Ag Mechanics Repair & Maintenance), Wes Brown (Ag Mechanics Repair & Maintenance), Adam Rushly (Ag Processing), Kelsey McDowell (Ag Processing), Laura Powers (Ag Sales), Steve Barnes (Ag Sales), Kaci Myler (Ag Services), Charlie Moore (Beef Production), Heath Wernex (Beef Production), Will Osburn (Diversified Ag Production), Charlie Crews (Diversified Crop Production), Preston Vassar (Diversified Livestock Production), Dalton Decker (Natural Resources), Jerica Cleveland (Equine Science), Kayla Dobson (Equine Science), Josh Dooley (Forest Management), Levi Reynolds (Fruit Production), Victoria Bostic (Home & Community Development), Brandon Daniels (Landscape Management), Ashleigh Eastwood (Outdoor Recreation), Shyanne Barton (Poultry Production), Jessie Francis (Small Animal Care), Kyle Edwards (Turfgrass Management), Dusty Bennett (Vegetable Production), Trisha Dinges (Veterinary Medicine), Jon Gillotte (Wildlife Management).
Kyle Edwards, Dalton Decker, and Chris Carver each received special recognition and a medal for being the top three in fundraising.
Scholastic medals were presented to: Chris Roth, David Roth, Mollee Vassar, Trisha Dinges, Mikalah Rea, Holly Reynolds, Shyanne Barton, Jessie Francis, Michael Porter, Dalton Decker, Holly Jones, and Charlie Moore.
Leadership medals were presented to: Tamara Bixler, Luke Cook, Feryn Jones, Victoria Bostic, Josh Dooley, Jon Gillotte, Steve Barnes, Jerica Cleveland, Cody Wallen, Josh Hargis, Kaci Myler, and Levi Reynolds.
Both Judging Team and Trapshooting Team awards were given out to members who participated in these events. The Cass Career Center FFA had over 47 students participate in either judging or trapshooting competitions this year.
At the conclusion of the evening, the 2010-2011 officers were announced. Officers for the next school year include: President Dusty Bennett, Vice President Michael Porter, Secretary Victoria Bostic, Treasurer Steve Barnes, Reporter Feryn Jones, Sentinel Cody Wallen, Chaplain Heath Wernex, Parliamentarian Shyanne Barton, and Historians Trisha Dinges and Mattie Moore.
The FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education.