Kutztown FFA presented $3,000 in scholarships and awards | SehndeWeb

With 125 Kutztown FFA members, their families and guests in attendance, over $3,000 in scholarships and awards were presented to 24 students at the recent 79th Kutztown FFA Banquet held in the school cafeteria.

“I am extremely proud of our students and grateful to the community for their support. Without our 30 community sponsors, we would not have been able to recognize these students,” said Victoria Brown, Kutztown Area School District agriculture teacher and FFA counselor. “Thank you to the 30 community sponsors who partnered with us to make this event a success and recognize the hard work of our students. Congratulations to each member of the FFA for an exceptional year.

Kutztown FFA members come from a variety of backgrounds. Students in grades 9 through 12 can take an agricultural education course, and membership varies by age and demographics, Brown said.

“After graduation, they take many different paths, some directly related to agriculture and some not,” Brown said.

The nine Kutztown FFA seniors will pursue post-secondary education in animal science, wildlife, business administration, engineering, pre-vet, marketing, two in nursing and one student will enter the workforce to continue to work on their family dairy farm.

“What brings these students together in FFA is their passion for developing their leadership skills through agricultural education,” she said.

Her goal for the FFA Banquet is for students to receive the recognition they deserve for all the work they do at FFA.

“While other school activities such as sports and music hold events throughout the year where the community can be present to celebrate student success, the FFA banquet is for us the only event where our students , their families, school teachers and community members can really take the time to applaud our members for their success,” said Brown.

Due to COVID, the school has not been able to hold an in-person FFA banquet since 2019.

“It was especially important to me that we ensured that this year’s banquet was the best it could be and that the students enjoyed it and took the time to give each other a pat on the back. It is also a leadership development exercise, as the students work together to plan and organize the FFA banquet and they do most of the public speaking,” Brown said.

The highlight of the evening is the awards ceremony. Each prize is awarded according to different criteria. Some awards are based on academics, others on FFA involvement, for example.

“The purpose of these awards is to recognize members who have gone above and beyond and to motivate others to do the same,” she said. “We have also awarded a variety of scholarships to our seniors who are selected based on community service efforts, FFA chapter contributions, and academic achievement.”

Senior awards include a monetary scholarship to support students in their future endeavours.

“These awards are also given to thank these students for their dedication to the FFA and to show them our appreciation,” she said.

Awards

Greenhand Degree, sponsored by Fegely Signs, was presented to Daniel Valle, Clara LaMastra, Katelyn Heckman, Zoie Jones, Landon Kunkel, Mason Moriarty, William Hugo, Raegan Loeb, Logan Wengert, Emily Mullen, Kayla Brubaker, Dominick Rice and Hailey Bauscher .

The Chapter Diploma, sponsored by Oley Valley Feed Inc., was presented to Kayla Brubaker, Katelyn Heckman, Clara LaMastra and Landon Kunkel.

Keystone Degrees, sponsored by BAD Farm and Wanamakers General Store, was presented to Tracey Dieter, Sarah Ferber and Madisyn Schmidt.

The Chapter Leadership Award, sponsored by Silver Maple Veterinary Clinic and CJ Hummels, was presented to Hailey Bauscher, Katelyn Heckman, William Hugo, Clara LaMastra, Emma Rhode and Dominick Rice.

The Chapter Scholarship Award, sponsored by Virginville Grange, East Penn Manufacturing, Kutztown Rod and Gun Club and Sanner Farms, was given to 9th graders William Hugo, Zoie Jones and Hailey Bauscher; 10th graders Katelyn Heckman, Emma Follweiler and Kayla Brubaker; 11th graders Cathlene Moatz, Mikayla Trubilla and Seth Spaid; and 12th graders Emma Rhode, Sydney Ott and Taylor Sleboda.

Skill awards, sponsored by Kempton Rod & Gun Club and Kutztown Family Chiropractic, were given to Cathlene Moatz for Diversified Animal Production and Entrepreneurship, Kayla Brubaker for Beef Production and Entrepreneurship, Katelyn Heckman for Beef Production and Entrepreneurship, and Tracey Dieter for Dairy Production and Placement.

The Blue Award, sponsored by Haas Financial Group, was awarded to Raegan Loeb.

The Gold Award, sponsored by The Barn at Walnut Grove, went to Katelyn Heckman.

The SAE grant, sponsored by Kutztown Hobos, Albright’s Mill LLC, Mr. Randy Schroeder and Esbenshade’s Garden Center, was presented to Clara LaMastra, Katelyn Heckman, Kayla Brubaker, Emily Mullen and Hailey Bauscher.

The Best Seller Award, sponsored by The Barn at Walnut Grove, went to Hailey Bauscher.

Honorary Membership, sponsored by Hope Pryde Farm Bed & Breakfast, was introduced to Mrs. Ashley Pastor.

CDE/LDE recognition was presented to Reece Heckman and Landon Kunkel for Agricultural Technology and Mechanical Systems, Hailey Bauscher, Katelyn Heckman, Clara LaMastra and Cathlene Moatz for Dairy Cattle Evaluation and Management, and Tracey Dieter and Sarah Ferber for poultry evaluation.

For the Chapter Creed Speaking Contest, sponsored by The Barn at Walnut Grove and Kutztown Folk Festival, 1st place went to Mason Moriarty, 2nd place to Will Hugo and 3rd place to Zoie Jones.

The Student Manager Recognition award, sponsored by Kirbyville Holsteins and Weaver’s Hardware, was presented to Tracey Dieter, Sarah Ferber, Madisyn Schmidt, Raegan Loeb, Hailey Bauscher, Kayla Brubaker, Emily Mullen, Zoie Jones, Elizabeth O’Dell and William Hugo.

The FFA Jacket Scholarship, sponsored by Peters Brothers, was given to Landon Kunkel.

The National FFA – Built Ford Tough Scholarship sponsored by Haldeman Ford of Kutztown was presented to Sarah Ferber.

The Donald Reinert Award, sponsored by Kutztown Young Farmers, was presented to Tracey Dieter.

The Future of Agriculture award, sponsored by the Berks County Department of Agriculture, was presented to Madisyn Schmidt.

The DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award, sponsored by Fleetwood Bank, Joe Jurgeilwiz and Pioneer Grange, was presented to Sarah Ferber.

The Cougar Award, sponsored by the Kutztown Rod and Gun Club, was presented to Tracey Dieter.

The Outstanding Contributor Award, sponsored by Dietrich’s Meats and Country Store as well as the Berks County Farm Bureau, was presented to Emma Rhode.

Recognition for the 2022-2023 Officer Team, sponsored by ACEC Farm, goes to President Landon Kunkel, Vice President Clara LaMastra, Secretary Katelyn Heckman, Treasurer Cathlene Moatz and Journalist Hailey Bauscher .

The Retiring Officer Awards, sponsored by The Barn at Walnut Grove, went to Tracey Dieter, Sarah Ferber, Madisyn Schmidt, Mikayla Trubilla and Raegan Loeb.

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