Garden Spot FFA celebrates 2020-2021 accomplishments
Throughout the summer, the Garden Spot FFA has done an extravagant amount of work to either close the season or prepare the season. In May of 2021, the officer team faced the challenge of COVID - 19 while trying to prepare for the annual awards and recognition banquet. While half of the officer team was in school and the other half was out, this made planning extremely difficult. Due to all school COVID rules, our banquet was held outside in May.
The annual awards and recognition banquet is the most memorable event of the year. FFA members are recognized for their awards and achievements, team and individual successes. Here are a few highlights to share with you.
Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) Star:
The placement award recognizes the students who excelled in quality record-keeping, have grown through their SAE and model what a “Star” SAE project looks like. These recipients have an SAE in the area of placement or employment.
SAE Star: Agribusiness
The agribusiness award recognizes a student who has school-based employment in the category of Agribusiness.
SAE Star: Farmer and Entrepreneur
The Farmer and Entrepreneur award recognizes the students whose project takes part in the area of entrepreneurship.
SAE Star: Foundational
The Foundational projects require students to be time-invested and have them explore particular fields in the agricultural industry.
This award is presented to those who are constantly putting their best efforts to the chapter.
Agricultural Achievement Award
This award is given to an upperclassmen member that has displayed proficiency and success in agriculture and a desire to pursue a career in the agricultural industry.
This Chapter Banquet was like no other and will hold a special place in all of our hearts.
In a typical year, the State Convention would be held at Penn State over a three day period. We were fortunate enough to travel to Tyrone High School on June 11th for a different way of celebrating awards and achievements from chapters in the state. We had several members who were blessed enough to stand on the stage at Tyrone to wait to see if they got to go to nationals.
Here are the members who got the opportunity of a little spotlight:
The team won 2nd in the state and Katie received 3rd place for individual
Sarah Blount received 2nd in the state for reciting The FFA Creed by E.M. Tiffany.
Vet Science CDE
Aftin Feathers received 2nd place for an individual.
We are so proud of everyone who was able to be recognized at Tyrone High School and hope to resume to a normal state convention this coming year.
--By Melanie Cox, FFA reporter