Beck shines at Loudonville FFA banquet

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LOUDONVILLE, Ohio – It was Tarah Beck’s night in the spotlight as the Loudonville FFA honored its members at the annual banquet at Loudonville High School.

Beck honored. Beck was the top award winner as she was selected to receive the 2004 Loudonville DeKalb award, the Star Chapter Farmer award and the leadership award.

She was recognized as having the Best AG 400 record book and as the most involved senior member.

Beck served as the chapter’s 2003-2004 president, is a State FFA Degree recipient and was a Kettering Scholarship winner. She was one of the top five fruit salesmen this year.

Team effort. During the state convention, the Loudonville FFA Chapter is slated to be recognized for their innovative fundraiser.

The chapter matched the funds collected for the a student’s opportunity to wear a hat to school on Hat Day. They were able to donate $302 to the state charity.

Alumni representatives Carol Endslow and Bob Fenton presented the Loudonville Alumni Scholarship to Beck. The alumni also presented foreign exchange student, Carlos Duran, with a FFA jacket.

Star Greenhand. Jesse Ashby was presented as the Star Greenhand. He served as the 2003-2004 chapter Historian, received his Chapter Degree and participated on the General Livestock team.

Bob and Polly Fenton were installed as honorary chapter members in recognition of their service to the chapter this year.

Top salesmen. Jarrod Pollard was the chapter’s top fruit salesman with a total of $4,441.50 sold. Jonathon Fowler came in second place with sales tally of $1,486. Kenneth Libben was third and Tyler Stake was fourth.

The top five salesmen earned a FFA camp scholarship for the 2004 summer, a plaque and a jacket medal.

Best record book awards were presented to Jarrod Pollard in AG 300 and Brian Jagiel in AG 200. The AG 100 recipient will be announced at a later time.

The most involved FFA member in AG 300 was Jarrod Pollard, in Tyler Stake in AG 200 and Jonathon Fowler in AG 100.

The volunteerism award was presented to Fowler in recognition of his work in the alumni food trailer.

Other awards. Kenny Libben earned the ‘Kick-It-In-Gear’ award, while Jarrod Pollard was recognized for his fourth place in the district Prepared Speaking contest.

Bob Brightbill of the Ashland Soil and Water Conservation District presented Justin Bender with the top Rural Soils Contest county award.

Top Ashland Soil Contest awards were presented to the Rural Soils team of Bender, Mike Aten, Marcus Frank and David Mowery.

The Urban Soils team of Nick Allerding, Jarrod Pollard, Keith Libben and Zack Young also earned awards.

Officers. Installed as the new officers were Jarrod Pollard, president; Tyler Stake, vice president; Eric Nickles, co-vice president; Stephanie Jones, secretary; Sarah Kanzig, co-secretary; Mike Aten, treasurer; Brandon Shearer, reporter; Jonathon Fowler, sentinel; Samantha McMillen, historian; Marcus Frank, student adviser; Sara Shultz, student adviser assistant; and Garrick Tuttle, chaplain.

The seniors presented adviser Kendra Carnegie with a flower hanging basket and a dogwood tree for landscape planting in appreciation of her work.

The banquet’s guest speaker was District 2 President Dan Wendt.

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