McConnellsburg FFA Holds Banquet
McConnellsburg FFA held its annual awards banquet last Tuesday, May 18, at McConnellsburg Firehall. Those in attendance were treated to a delicious pork dinner, listened to state FFA officer Coty Covert give a few remarks and watched as members were recognized for there accomplishments this year. Among those in attendance was Rep. Dick Hess.
President Taylor Morton, and five of her fellow officers, opened the meeting with reflections on what gives them strength.
More than 30 community members were honored during the banquet for the help they gave to the FFA throughout the year, from butchering to speaking to the agriculture classes. Retiring Superintendent Dr. Julia Cigola was awarded an honorary chapter degree for her support of the FFA during her tenure. Dwayne Northcraft was also recognized for his support this past year.
Students were recognized for their accomplishments in various contests this past year, including FFA activities week, state record book contest, public speaking and the safe tractor driving contest. Eight students also received their FFA Discovery Degree, and six students received their Greenhand Degree.
Coty, who was born in McConnnellsburg, but currently resides in Mercersburg, spoke about the meaning of leadership and how the FFA is developing leaders for the future. His fellow state officer, Tyler Funk, also of Mercersburg, gave the invocation.
Officers for the 2020- 2011 school year were installed. They are Kirsten Mellott - president; Emily Wenschhoff - vice president; Paul Hock - treasurer; and Ashley Penwell - chaplain.
Members will continue to be active throughout the summer by attending FFA activities week in June, having a picnic at Cowans Gap, working on their SAE projects, showing at the fair, and various other activities.