Edon FFA Chapter Celebrates 75th Year During Annual Banquet

It was a nostalgic evening filled with joyous reflection and fond sentiments as four hundred plus chapter and alumni members; parents and guests marked 75 years of Edon FFA Chapter history during the organization’s annual Parent and Member Banquet held Tuesday, March 18, 2014.

     From the beginning, the celebration fusing current Chapter activities and accomplishments with the past moved forward in its traditional style.  With everyone settled in after sharing a delicious ham, baked steak and lamb buffet dinner, Auditeria lights softened as Mark Blue’s Musical Introduction of Officers and Advisor became the focus of everyone’s attention.  Carefully selected ~ and quite creative ~ songs offered a unique peak into each person’s personality as he or she made way to the head table proudly sporting the prized FFA “Blue Jacket”.  Upon reporting to the assembly the respective duties and significance of his or her assigned station, President Wyatt Zulch concluded the Opening Ceremonies by declaring the annual meeting officially open.

     With assistance from Sentinel Garrett Trausch, Parliamentarian Corisa Brown had the honor of presenting the night’s first awards to FFA CDE (Career Development Events) participants.  Receiving certificates for their accomplishments in team or individual competitions included:

 

FFA Contest Participants

2013-2014

Presented by Parliamentarian Corisa Brown

 Grain Merchandising

1st Place District 1 Competition

2ndPlaceState Competition

 Alex Baker

Ben Brown

Matt Cook

Kyle Gearhart

David Headley

Dylon Houser

Dakota Parrish

Tyler Seaman

Wyatt Zulch

 Farm Business Management

2nd Place District 1 Competition

5thPlaceState Competition

 Alex Baker

Reid Bowling

Ben Brown

Matt Cook

Kyle Gearhart

Spenser Goebel

David Headley

Dakota Parrish

Garrett Trausch

Wyatt Zulch

 Dairy Judging

Alex Baker

Connor Hug

Nic Livengood

Carley Muehlfeld

Phillip Richmond

Graeden Rupp

Tyler Seaman

Brock Thiel

River Wicker

Wyatt Zulch

Rural Soils

Alex Baker

Heath Brown

Kaylie Brown

Trevor Green

Connor Hug

Garrett Trausch

River Wicker

Wyatt Zulch

Urban Soils

Michael Hayes

Kalvin Mohre

Kaden Sapp

Brock Thiel

Agronomy

Joey Fox

Kyle Long

Kenny Ordway

Tyler Seaman

Cassi Trausch

Parliamentary Procedure

Senior Class

1st PlaceCountyCompetition

4th Place District 1 Competition

 Alex Baker

Kyle Long

Phillip Richmond

Tyler Seaman

Cassi Trausch

Garrett Trausch

Karlee Trausch

Jordan Winebernner

Wyatt Zulch

Parliamentary Procedure

Novice Class

1st PlaceCountyCompetition

4th Place District 1 Competition

 Brayden Bauer

Jared Best

Levi Brandt

Evan Fisk

Preston Klingler

Braden Miller

Sierra Orner

Paige Schaffter

McKenna Trausch

Jordan Winebernner

Tractor Trouble Shooting

Connor Hug

Wyatt Zulch

Along with Kyle Long’s 2013-2014 FFA Activities Video and an energetic, contemporary western dance routine by freshmen Paige Schaffter and Samantha Trausch; Chapter members were presented additional awards throughout the banquet as well:

Officer Awards

Presented by Vice President Alex Baker

Reporter Scrapbook

Karlee Trausch

Secretary

Cassi Trausch

Treasurer

Tyler Seaman

Public Speaking Awards

Presented by Vice President Alex Baker

Beginning Creed

Jared Best

Jordan Winebernner

Job Interview

Evan Fisk

Kaitlyn Sonneberger

Phillip Richmond

McKenna Trausch

Cassi Trausch

Individual Proficiency Awards

Presented by Historian Kyle Long

 Ag Sales

Hayden Runyan

 Beef Production

Alex Baker

Carley Muehlfeld

 Ag Mechanics

 Alex Baker

Connor Hug

Wyatt Zulch

 Ag Services/Placement

Garrett Trausch

 Grain Production

 Garrett Trausch

Wyatt Zulch

 Home Improvement

Kyle Long

 Oil Crop

Joey Fox

 Poultry

Garrett Trausch

 Specialty Animal

Autumn Joice

Swine Production

Colten Lyman

Top 2012 Sausage Salespersons

Taya Mason (430#)

Hayden Runyan (405#)

Alex Baker (209#)

Caleb Mason (192#)

Trevor Green (184#)

Phillip Richmond (169#)

Morgan Hiller (109#)

Kenny Ordway (100#)

 Total Sausage Sales ~ 3423 pounds

 5th Annual Ag Olympics

 Egg FFA Roulette

Corisa Brown

 2014 Special Awards

Presented by

Advisor Paul Stoll

 Scholarship

Cumulative GPA of 3.5 or Better

 Senior Class

Haley Jacoby

River Wicker

Junior Class

Phillip Richmond

Autumn Joice

Karlee Trausch

Kyle Long

Kaden Sapp

Garrett Trausch

 Sophomore Class

Kaitlyn Sonneberger

Landon Bloir

Breanna Davis

Colten Lyman

Hayden Runyan

Tyler Seaman

 Freshman Class

Karissa Sonneberger

Paige Schaffter

Samantha Trausch

Eliza Zulch

Jared Best

Jordan Winebernner

 Service Award

Phillip Richmond

Kyle Long

 Leadership Award

Wyatt Zulch

 DeKalb Award Winners

Alex Baker

Cassi Trausch

Wyatt Zulch

 2014 State FFA Degree Candidates

Cassi Trausch

Garrett Trausch

Wyatt Zulch

 2014 American FFA Degree Candidates

Ben Brown

Clay Parrish

Dakota Parrish

 Star FFA Chapter Members

Kyle Long

Phillip Richmond

Tyler Seaman

Garrett Trausch

 Star Greenhand

McKenna Trausch

Jordan Winebernner

 Retiring Officer Awards

 President

Wyatt Zulch

 Vice President

Alex Baker

 Secretary

Cassi Trausch

 Parliamentarian

Corisa Brown

 2014 Honorary FFA Members

Recognized by all Officers

 Rick and Cindy Seaman

Dennis Fox

Shad Zulch

2014 Chapter Donors

Recognized by all Officers

 Terry and Trina Hake

Jon and Vicki Hake

John and Jo Armbruster

Dennis Fox

Tyler Hake ~ Pioneer Seeds

Rick & Cindy Seaman

 As the evening’s trip down memory lane ~ Phillip “PJ” Richmond’s enjoyable PowerPoint capsulation of the Chapter’s seventy-five year history ~ brought back many wonderful memories, Advisor Paul Stoll took to the podium to share a few parting thoughts.

“I’m back!” he wittily announced to the delight of everyone in attendance.  It was just last year the well-respected and admired Stoll was feted during a poignant farewell celebration only to be brought out of retirement for one more “final year” at EdonHigh School.

“Have you looked at our theme on the front of the program?” the longtime mentor noted.  “It’s Ignite. Now one thing [you should know]; as a teacher, you don’t always get that ‘ignition’ [right away].  It may be freshman year, it may be sophomore year ~ it may not even be while they’re in high school; it takes awhile on some things.”

“But the other part is, at some point ~ and that’s what fun about being here forever,” Paul lightheartedly remarked, “is seeing former students being successful in life; seeing their growth.  For a teacher, that’s the [best] part we’re rewarded with: the success of our students.  And that’s the theme tonight ~ what we work hard at ~ to ignite that leadership; growth; success [in our students].”

Paul then went on to give explanation on what he had adopted as his own theme.  “My theme for this year is ‘Second Chances’,” he emotionally began.  “It started with the opportunity to teach fulltime [again].  I did not think I would be here tonight in the capacity I am; I didn’t think that at all a year ago.  It’s been a blessing for me to do this.”

“This second part is hard,” Paul shared as he continued on a more personal note.  “You don’t always get second chances with your parents…and I did.”  Through tears he proudly stated: “I’m glad my mom and dad are here tonight!”  Crediting the many volunteers and students who stepped up and helped during a time it was appreciated most, he made it through.  “I was struggling; [my students] probably didn’t even know it, but I did get that second chance [with my parents]; everything worked out for a purpose.”

Before closing out his thirty-five year stint as Advisor, Paul got a second chance to proudly don his 1975 FFA Blue Jacket as he said he would.  “I guess my philosophy has been…” he started as his voice quieted.  “I’m not the smartest person in the world, and I don’t pretend to be, but my philosophy has always been I’m going to ‘outwork’ the other person.  That’s what I’ve tried to instill in my kids.  You’re not always going to be [the smart one], but you can outwork people.  So tonight, I thank you for the opportunity to teach here at EdonHigh School.  Thank you Mr. Ewers for bringing me back; it’s been great.  I’ve appreciated all the support and thank you for attending.”

Midst tears, thunderous applause and a richly-deserved standing ovation, Paul unassumingly exited the podium once last time as Edon FFA Chapter Advisor, returning to his station to witness the outpouring of heartfelt respect, appreciation and affection from a grateful community.

Paul had had his opportunities for second chances; his students and friends now had theirs.

With all business addressed, awards received and 75th Anniversary Commemorative Mason Jar mugs distributed, the Annual Edon FFA Banquet was adjourned for another year.

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