QACHS FFA chapter installs new officers
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.
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.
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.