Thursday, May 16, 2024

Harrisonville FFA


FFA Banquet honors work of members throughout the year

Over 300 people attended the 75th annual Cass Career Center FFA Banquet held April 24th at Harrisonville High School.


Master of Ceremonies and FFA President Dayton Hoffman called the awards ceremony to order at 7PM. The Honorary Chapter FFA degree was bestowed upon Fred & Laurel Baumgardner, Austin Moreland, and Marshall & Sandra Streit for their help and support of the FFA Program.


Over $10,000 in scholarships were given to ten graduating seniors who will be continuing their education next year. Winners of the FFA Achievement Scholarship were Kristin Baumgardner, Rachel Bronson, Dayton Hoffman, and Lezlie Wade.


The Nutrien Ag Solutions Scholarship was presented to Preston Baker. The Stanley and Marjorie Gardner Scholarship went to Case Melzer. The James & Mamie Famuliner Memorial Scholarship went to Lezlie Wade. The Sam Helt Memorial Scholarship went to Preston Baker.


The Jimmy L & Ginger Bartlett Memorial Scholarship went to Dayton Hoffman and the Tammy Powers Memorial Scholarship went to Case Melzer. Preston Baker was named the winner of the Hawthorn Bank FFA Scholarship. Preston also won the Dan Eads Memorial Scholarship.


The Cass County Farm Bureau Scholarship went to Dayton Hoffman and Case Melzer. The Bolinger Farm Achievement Scholarship went to Dayton Hoffman.


The recipient of the Larry Reece Memorial Award was Kristin Baumgardner. Toby Johnson was announced as the Outstanding Student in Conservation.


Kyah Rowe of Harrisonville High School received the Chapter Star Farmer Award, sponsored by Cass County Farm Bureau, for her beef cattle project. The Chapter Star Agribusiness Award, sponsored by USDA Farm Services went to Memo Ramirez for his firewood business and squirrel corn business. The Chapter Star in Placement, sponsored by MO-KAN Seed & Chemical of Harrisonville, went to Mary Starforth for her job at Camp PetVet.

Gabriel Doe, Harrisonville High School freshman, was announced as the Star Greenhand, sponsored by FCS Financial.
 Harrisonville Senior, Case Melzer, was announced as the DeKalb Outstanding Senior.


Winners of Proficiency Awards for their Supervised Ag Experience Projects were: Jared Anderson – Outdoor Recreation, Preston Baker – Diversified Horticulture, Kristin Baumgardner – Poultry Production, Deegan Beachner – Ag Processing, Jaxon Bechtel – Ag Mechanics Repair & Maintenance Placement, Rachel Bronson – Veterinary Science, Audrie Brown – Service Learning, Austin Calvin – Beef Production Placement, Tanner Chapman – Poultry Production, Jackson Daniel – Diversified Ag Production, Zach Dye – Environmental Science & Natural Resource Management, Emmitt Enderle – Swine Production Ownership, Journey Fawcett – Dairy Production, Colin Flanner – Landscaping Management Ownership, Warren Highley – Oil Crop Production, Dayton Hoffman – Ag Education, Toby Johnson – Diversified Crop Production Ownership, Rylie Jonas – Ag Sales Placement, Izabel Lemka – Swine Production, Aaden Lerda – Wildlife Management, Case Melzer – Diversified Ag Production, Kashlee Murray – Landscape Management Placement, John Peterman – Ag Services, Memo Ramirez – Forest Management, Erin Rhode-Allen – Service Learning, Dylan Riddle – Diversified Crop Production Placement, Kyah Rowe – Beef Production Ownership, Tanner Schick – Turfgrass Management Ownership, Izzy Shelton – Turfgrass Management Placement, Addi Shepherd – Diversified Livestock Production, Jackson Shrout – Food Service, Trenton Shrout – Small Animal Production & Care, Mary Starforth – Veterinary Science Placement, Ethan Stone – Ag Mechanics Design & Fabrication, Carley Taylor – Outdoor Recreation, Lezlie Wade – Small Animal Production & Care Placement, Brady White – Ag Mechanics Repair & Maintenance Ownership, Ryley Wood – Ag Communication.



Journey Fawcett, Emmitt Enderle, and Case Melzer each received special recognition for being the top three in fundraising.


Scholastic medals were presented to:
 Kristin Baumgardner, Audrie Brown, Beck Chiesi, Audri Craig, Jackson Daniel, Chema Guasch, Nevaeh Greife, Molly Melzer, Madi Mitchell, Maria Rodriguez, Audri Shepherd, and Joseph Wray.


Leadership medals were presented to: Jaxson Canaday, Emmitt Enderle, Journey Fawcett, Gavin Gercone, Warren Highley, Rylie Jonas, Lane Jones, Taylor Kanoy, Memo Ramirez, Erin Rhode-Allen, Mary Starforth, and Ethan Stone.


Both judging team and trapshooting team awards were given out to members who participated in these events. The Cass Career Center FFA had over 
40 students participate in either judging or trapshooting competitions this year.


At the conclusion of the evening, the 
2024-2025 officers were announced. Officers for the next school year include: President Ethan Stone, Vice President Jared Anderson, Secretary Audri Craig, Treasurer Joseph Wray, Reporter Emmitt Enderle, Sentinel Warren Highley, Chaplain Gavin Gercone, Parliamentarian Jackson Alvarez, and Historian Taylor Kanoy.



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.

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