A well deserved banquet was held for the Boonville FFA Chapter Thursday night at the Boonville High School Commons. The student’s hard work was showcased as the number three ranked chapter in the state out of 324 chapters.
After the meal was served to start off the evening, the banquet began with the reporting of officers and showing of a video the chapter entered into competition. The video showed where food comes from along with interviews from local farmers.
Former Boonville FFA member and now Missouri State FFA Vice President Kenneth Swope spoke briefly and thanked Doug Henke and Deanna Thies for their leadership in helping him succeed.
"Behind every agriculture program is an extremely successful agriculture teacher," Swope said.
Swope also told a story about a man who was lost in his life, who wanted to be successful. He ended the story with a lesson.
"When your drive to succeed is as great as your drive to breath, then you know what true success is," Swope said.
He said he was here to celebrate with the students their achievements this year.
Over an hour and a half was devoted to handing out awards gathered from area, district and state competition.
Missouri State FFA Degrees were also named. To receive this award a member must have received a Chapter FFA Degree, have been an active FFA member for at least two years at the time of receiving the degree, have completed at least two years of systematic school instruction in agricultural education at or above the ninth grade level. The degrees were awarded to Allie Adair, Brennan Hammers, Abby Kircher, Kayla Kempf, Trever Huth, Amee Riley, Ethan Kempf, Ethan Imhoff, Josiah Searfoss, Austin Timm, Justin Swope and Graham Schuh. According to past records, 2013 boasted the most state degrees since 1933.
Proficiency awards were given to over 27 students who either won in area, district or even state competitions. Over 16 Career Development Events teams competed along with 17 contest teams were awarded as well. The trap shoot teams were showcased, which included six teams. 'Team A,' consisting of Brennan Hammers, Austin Timm, Ethan Imhoff, Austin Day, Jack Lang and Ethan Kempf, received first overall districts team standings.
Further results will be published in the Tuesday edition of the Boonville Daily News.