NTFFA holds annual banquet


NEW PARIS — The National Trail-MVCTC Chapter held its 47th Annual Parent-Member Banquet on Saturday, April 23. Some 512 FFA members, parents, and guests attended the banquet. At the banquet several members were awarded memorial scholarships, with 200 plus awards presented, and the installing of the 2016-2017 National Trail-MVCTC FFA Chapter officers.

During the annual parent-member banquet the chapter awarded two Honorary Memberships. According to the National FFA Constitution an Honorary Membership is described as one for farmers, school superintendents, principals, members of board of education, chapter advisors, teachers, staff members in agricultural education, business people, and others who are helping to advance agricultural education through FFA, and who have rendered outstanding service. These people may be elected to honorary membership by a majority vote of the members present at any regular meeting or convention.

The two Honorary Members chosen to be presented with this award were Annie Montgomery and Brian Smith. The

Montgomery was chosen because she helps the equine judging team excel at competitions as their coach, participates in chapter fundraisers as a non FFA member and also is a substitute teacher when advisor Kennel is absent. Smith was chosen because he helps the chapter organize and get ready any facilities in the school for any event. He also helps the chapter by helping members reach goals they have set as a chapter throughout the year.

“Our chapter couldn’t be more thankful with all the hard work and dedication they have presented to our chapter in the last year,” chapter representatives said.

At the annual parent-member banquet, the chapter also had a silent auction to help raise money for the Joseph K. Slone Memorial Scholarship in memory of the late agricultural advisor. The businesses and individuals who donated items for the silent auction included Mr. and Mrs. Reeder, Collin and Jessica Helsinger, Valley’s Edge, Wesler’s Orchard, Preble County Smoke-Out, Joyce McKee, Cindy Lee, Signs N Stuff, Tim Caldwell, Annie Montgomery, and Rinehart’s Lawn Care & Landscaping. Approximately $390 was raised for the scholarship thanks to the donating businesses.

The chapter thanks the donors for their continued support of the National Trail-MVCTC FFA Chapter.

The National Trail-MVCTC FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to over 150 student members at National Trail High School.

By R-H Staff

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