Meridian, Idaho, FFA banquet highlights year’s successes

Awards, ranging from scholarships to pins to plaques, were awarded to freshmen through senior members and to community members.

By Ellie Higgins

Meridian FFA Chapter Reporter

Published on June 16, 2017 3:58PM

Newly elected Meridian FFA constitutional officers are, from left to right, Sentinel Cody Duff, Vice President Ashton Shaul, President Joe Wieting, Secretary Trinity Martin, Reporter Ellie Higgins and Treasurer Cameron King.

Photo by Rachel Mansfield

Newly elected Meridian FFA constitutional officers are, from left to right, Sentinel Cody Duff, Vice President Ashton Shaul, President Joe Wieting, Secretary Trinity Martin, Reporter Ellie Higgins and Treasurer Cameron King.

Alexa Phillips receives the Star Chapter Farmer award from Mr. Dan Sample.

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Alexa Phillips receives the Star Chapter Farmer award from Mr. Dan Sample.

Mallie Miller receives the Meridian FFA Alumni Scholarship from Ms. Anika Phillips.

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Mallie Miller receives the Meridian FFA Alumni Scholarship from Ms. Anika Phillips.

Kiara Wentzel receives the Most Improved FFA Member award from Ms. Lori Hoalst Jones.

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Kiara Wentzel receives the Most Improved FFA Member award from Ms. Lori Hoalst Jones.

Kyle Schmit receives the Meridian FFA Alumni Scholarship from Ms. Anika Phillips.

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Kyle Schmit receives the Meridian FFA Alumni Scholarship from Ms. Anika Phillips.

Loretta Lacy receives the Outstanding FFA Member award from Ms. Connie Tewalt.

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Loretta Lacy receives the Outstanding FFA Member award from Ms. Connie Tewalt.


At the 77th annual Meridian FFA Chapter banquet, held May 1 at the West Ada District Service Center, members were rewarded for a year of hard work and dedication. Friends, families, and community members — all of whom have made an impact in the lives of Meridian FFA members — were invited to attend the banquet.

Awards, ranging from scholarships to pins to plaques, were awarded to freshmen through senior members and to community members.

The Letter Award is an award allowing members to “letter” as a result of their excellence in FFA activities. This award was given to 34 freshman members, 11 second-year members, 12 third-year members and 6 fourth-year members.

The Scholarship Award, a recognition of members that uphold high academic standards, and the Record Keeping Award, a recognition of members who maintain impressive records on their Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) projects, are additionally awarded to freshmen through senior members. Those awarded the Scholarship Award included 9 freshman members, 8 sophomore members, 10 junior members and 6 senior members.

Those awarded the Record Keeping award included 10 freshman members, 6 sophomore members, 5 junior members and four senior members.

Select chapter members are recognized for their exemplary achievements in the Meridian FFA Chapter, Career Development Events (CDEs), and their SAE projects.

The Star Greenhand Award is given to first year, Greenhand Degree recipients who display characteristics that all first-year FFA members should strive to achieve. These members included Courtney Marshall, Olivia Sells, Kennedy Cox, Rose Frazee, Sierra Hennessy and Hunter Patterson.

The Outstanding Second Year and Third Year Awards are given to second- and third-year members who have continued to show truly outstanding success throughout their time in FFA. These members included Brock Shurtz, Issac Livesay, Cameron King, Sydney Plum, Cassidey Plum, and Rachel Mansfield as Second Year recipients, and Kaitlin Muniz, Joe Wieting, Ellie Higgins, Ashton Shaul, Mollie Hiscox, Trinity Martin, and Cody Duff as Third Year recipients.

Finally, Proficiencies are given to students who have excelled with their SAE projects. In the area of Science Entrepreneurship, recipients included Ellie Higgins (silver), Rachel Mansfield (silver), and Alexa Phillips (gold).

In the Small Animal Production Entrepreneurship area, the recipients were Zach Phillips (bronze), Lauren Barker (silver), Rachel Mansfield (silver), and Sarah Jane St. Michell (gold).

In the Veterinary Science Exploratory area, the recipient was Sami Kennel (gold).

In the Diversified Livestock Entrepreneurship area, the recipients included Ellie Higgins (silver), Ashton Shaul (silver), and Joe Wieting (gold).

In the Swine Production Entrepreneurship area, the recipient was Ashley Kerby (gold). In the Agricultural Mechanics and Design Exploratory area, the recipient was Ellie Higgins (gold). In the Food Science and Technology Placement area, the recipient was Joe Wieting (gold).

And finally, in the Dairy Cattle Entrepreneurship area, the recipients included Jordan Bettencourt (gold), and Sierra Horton (gold).

Individual FFA and community members who have made an incredible impact in the Meridian chapter, and the world of agriculture, are additionally recognized. Honorary Chapter Degree Members are “farmers, school superintendents, principals, members of boards of education, chapter advisors, teachers, staff members in agricultural education, business people and others” according to the National FFA Bylaws.

This year’s Meridian FFA Honorary Chapter Degree recipients were Mrs. Jill Lillienkamp, Jim and Colleen Schmit, Chris and Kendra Lacy, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Anika Phillips, Mike Farris, Ms. Bly, Ms. Mosman, and Ms, Higer.

Scholarships and Individual Awards are given to FFA senior members who, throughout their time in school and FFA, have proven that they will continue their success throughout life.

Many awards were given, including the Fred Beckman Good Citizen Award, presented to Bailey Josoff; the Ada County Farm Bureau Scholarship, presented to Alexa Phillips, Kiara Wetzel, and Andrew Heikkila; Charlie Stevens Memorial Scholarship, presented to Ashlyn Schiers; the Steve Russell Work Horse Award, presented to Kobe Manzer; the Clay Tully Memorial Scholarship, presented to Zach Phillips; the Alumni Scholarship, presented to Kyle Schmi, Ashlyn Schiers, Loretta Lacy, Alexa Phillips, Hannah Smith, Lauren Barker, and Mallie Miller; the Gene & Marge Muller Scholarship, presented to Alexa Phillips; the Outstanding FFA Chairman award, sponsored by Washington Trust Bank, was presented to Kobe Manzer; the Most Improved FFA Member award, sponsored by Investment Resources, was presented to Kiara Wetzel; the FFA Senior Achievement award, sponsored by Dynamite Feeds, was presented to Mallie Miller; the Outstanding FFA Member award, sponsored by CFI Investments, was presented to Loretta Lacy and Ashlyn Schiers; the Outstanding Shop Student award, sponsored by Norco Inc., was presented to Zach Phillips; the Star Chapter Agribusiness Degree, sponsored by DL Evans Bank, was presented to Lauren Barker; the Star Chapter Farmer Degree, sponsored by Columbia Bank, was presented to Alexa Phillips; and finally, the Outstanding Senior FFA Leadership award, sponsored by Western States Equipment, was presented to Kyle Schmit.

Finally, the newly elected Meridian FFA 2017-2018 Chapter Officers were inducted into their positions. These officers included Representatives Siera Horton, Jonathan Muniz, Kaden McCarney, Cassidey Plum, and Sydney Plum; Parliamentarian Kaitlyn Steppe; Alumni Representative Isaac Livesay; Yearbook Staff members Madison Belanger, Kaitlin Belanger, and Lyric Snurkowski; Yearbook Chief Rachel Mansfield; Sentinel Cody Duff; Reporter Ellie Higgins; Treasurer Cameron King; Secretary Trinity Martin; Vice President Ashton Shaul; and President Joseph Wieting. The new Meridian Chapter Officers will go on throughout their year of service to represent the chapter with leadership, hard work, and a passion for agriculture.











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