QACHS FFA chap­ter in­stalls new of­fi­cers

Record Observer - - School - By DOUG BISHOP dbishop@kibay­times.com

CEN­TRE­VILLE — The Queen Anne’s County High School Fu­ture Farm­ers of Amer­ica chap­ter held its an­nual ban­quet for the school year and in­stal­la­tion of stu­dent of­fi­cers for the com­ing 2017-2018 school year on Thurs­day, May 11. A hearty potluck din­ner, with the main course be­ing fried chicken, was served for all the FFA stu­dents and their par­ents.

FFA Fac­ulty Ad­vi­sor Brian Stokes wel­comed every­one, and din­ner was served.

Fol­low­ing din­ner, two guest speak­ers ad­dressed those in at­ten­dance. First, As­sis­tant Sec­re­tary of Mary­land De­part­ment of Agri­cul­ture Hans Sch­midt spoke, con­grat­u­lat­ing the FFA stu­dents on their work in help­ing make the re­cent Ag Aware­ness Day a suc­cess, held at the 4-H Park in Cen­tre­ville, ed­u­cati­ing the county’s sev­enth-grade mid­dle school stu­dents about ca­reers in Agri­cul­ture. He noted, “I just saw the story and pic­tures in the lo­cal news­pa­per.”

Sch­midt then high­lighted the work and pur­pose of the De­part­ment of Agri­cul­ture in Mary­land.

“In ag, we look at how the land can be pro­duc­tive and at the same time help the en­vi­ron­ment,” Sch­midt said. “Thanks to all of you for your hard work.”

He was fol­lowed by FFA state Vice-Pres­i­dent Kel­cey Trewin of Bal­ti­more County. Kelsey said, “This Queen Anne’s County FFA Chap­ter has been above and be­yond the call of duty dur­ing this school year. You par­tic­i­pated in the leg­isla­tive show­case, meet­ing and speak­ing with state leg­is­la­tors in An­napo­lis, have demon­strated your pub­lic speak­ing skills, helped make your first ever Ag Aware­ness Day a suc­cess, and at­tended the state lead­er­ship con­fer­ence back in Oc­to­ber.”

Trewin was fol­lowed by the con­clud­ing speaker, Sec­re­tary of Mary­land De­part­ment of Agri­cul­ture Joe Barten­felder, a Pre­ston farmer. Barten­felder added his con­grat­u­la­tions for the suc­cesses of the lo­cal FFA chap­ter.

He also told a brief story about an ex­pe­ri­ence he had two years ago while at­tend­ing the state FFA lead­er­ship con­fer­ence held in Linthicum. “The en­thu­si­asm of all the young peo­ple who at­tended that con­fer­ence was amaz­ing, but you know, there wasn’t one mem­ber of the lo­cal me­dia their to wit­ness or re­port on the good work done by those young peo­ple who were there that day! Two weeks later, ri­ot­ing erupted in the city of Bal­ti­more, show­ing stu­dents from Fred­er­ick Dou­glass High School throw­ing rocks at po­lice, fol­low­ing the death of Fred­die Gray. I think it’s time for the me­dia to re­port on the good things our youth are do­ing. Our young peo­ple, like the ones in this FFA, are do­ing good work, and they need to rec­og­nized.”

Barten­felder pre­sented newly in­stalled 2017-2018 QACHS FFA Pres­i­dent Jen­nifer Gan­non with the re-char­ter cer­tifi­cate. She will be serv­ing her sec­ond year as pres­i­dent.

The pro­gram closed with Stokes pre­sent­ing year end awards. The awards pre­sented were Green­hand FFA De­grees to first year mem­bers who com­pleted seven dif­fer­ent re­quire­ments. Stu­dents Quinn Wil­liams and Colton Wil­son were pre­sented those awards.

Chap­ter Star Farmer and Chap­ter Star in Agribusi­ness awards were also pre­sented to stu­dents who demon­strated out­stand­ing work in pro­duc­tion agri­cul­ture and non-pro­duc­tion en­tre­pre­neur­ial agribusi­ness.

A Chap­ter FFA De­gree was present to up­per­class­men Ari­anna Mor­ris who com­pleted 10 dif­fer­ent re­quire­ments for the award, in­clud­ing 180 hours of sys­tem­atic school in­struc­tion in agri­cul­tural ed­u­ca­tion.

PHOTO BY DOUG BISHOP

From the left, As­sis­tant Sec­re­tary of Mary­land De­part­ment of Agri­cul­ture Hans Sch­midt, Mary­land Agri­cul­ture Sec­re­tary Joe Barten­felder, Queen Anne’s County High School Fu­ture Farm­ers of Amer­ica Ad­vi­sor Brian Stokes with the 2017-2018 QACHS FFA of­fi­cers, Pres­i­dent Jen­nifer Gan­non, Vice Pres­i­dent Peter Arnold, Sec­re­tary Me­lyn Rhodes, Trea­surer Quinn Wil­liams, Re­porter Megan Jack­son, Sen­tinel Colton Wil­son, Par­lia­men­tar­ian Au­drey Kar­baum and His­to­rian Brooke Yea­ger. The in­stal­la­tion took place Thurs­day evening, May 11, in the cafe­te­ria at Queen Anne’s County High School.

Queen Anne’s County High School FFA Fac­ulty Ad­vi­sor Brian Stokes, left, presents Ari­anna Mor­ris with her Chap­ter De­gree and Sash, Thurs­day evening, May 11, dur­ing the an­nual Fu­ture Farm­ers of Amer­ica ban­quet.

PHOTOS BY DOUG BISHOP

Queen Anne’s County High School FFA Fac­ulty Ad­vi­sor Brian Stokes, left, presents Mag­gie Kling with the Star in Agribusi­ness award, Thurs­day evening, May 11, dur­ing the Fu­ture Farm­ers of Amer­ica ban­quet.

Queen Anne’s County High School FFA mem­bers Quinn Wil­liams, left, and Colton Wil­son re­ceive their Green­hand De­gree as out­stand­ing first-year mem­bers of the Fu­ture Farm­ers of Amer­ica, Thurs­day evening, May 11, dur­ing the an­nual FFA ban­quet.

Sec­re­tary of Mary­land De­part­ment of Agri­cul­ture Joe Barten­felder, left, presents the Fu­ture Farm­ers of Amer­ica re-Char­ter cer­tifi­cate to Queen Anne’s County High School Fu­ture Farm­ers of Amer­ica Pres­i­dent Jen­nifer Gan­non, Thurs­day evening, May 11.

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