On Thursday, May 15, the Sloan-Hendrix chapter of FFA held their annual awards banquet.
The cafeteria was full of parents and members who enjoyed an evening of good food and
company.  The meeting was opened for business by President John Thomison.  As guests
enjoyed a tasty dinner of fried chicken strips, mashed potatoes and gravy, and cheesecake, a
PowerPoint presentation put together by Katie Williams highlighted the year’s activities.  At
the conclusion of the meal, Mr. Joe Wallis, chapter advisor, began the presentation of awards. 
Greenhand certificates went to Matthew Baldridge, Jake Beane, Aaron Broadwater, Eason
Dearen, Caitlyn Difani, Tyler Gillean, Erika Mitchell, Katelyn Ponder, Cortney Ragsdale, Hannah
Rowsey, Stetson Wells, Kaleb Wilson, and Coy Yasler.  Chapter Farmer certificates were
presented to Dustin Bushong, Jerrod Engel, Amanda Holland, Micky Jones, Kara Morris, Terry
Price, Logan Waddell, and James Walker.  Medals for state CDEs were presented in the
following areas:  Forestry, Gary Collins, Nikki Steveson, Ryan Difani, and Seth Wells; Horse
Evaluation, Autumn Blasingame, Cortney Ragsdale, Katie Wilson, and JJ Walker; Swine
Production/Exhibition, Matthew Baldridge and Garrett Jessen; Poultry Exhibition, Kyle Sutton;
Beef Production/Exhibition, Autumn Blasingame, Katie Williams, Eason Dearen, John Thomison,
Amanda Holland, and Chase DeJournett; Prepared Speaking, Katie Williams; Extemporaneous
Speaking, Ryan Difani; Creed Speaking, Katie Ponder; Opening and Closing Ceremony, Coy
Yasler, Katelyn Ponder, Caitlyn Difani, Cortney Ragsdale, Stetson Wells, and Erika Mitchell; Ag
Mechanics, Gary Collins; Vegetable Production, Ryan Difani; Ag Entrepreneur, Seth Wells;
Wildlife Management, Chad Orrick; Star Greenhand, Eason Dearen; Star Chapter Farmer, John
Thomison; Leadership Award, John Thomison; Scholarship Awards, Katie Williams and Nikki
Steveson; Star Greenhand Ag Science, Stetson Wells; and Dekalb Award, Katie Williams.
Officers for the 2008-2009 school year were also introduced.  Serving are Ryan Difani,
President; Autumn Blasingame, Vice-President; Amanda Holland, Secretary; Kara Morris,
Treasurer; Seth Wells, Reporter; and JJ Walker, Sentinel.
To thank him for his commitment to the FFA program, members presented Mr.Wallis with a gift
at the conclusion of the awards.  With no further business, the meeting was adjourned.

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