Garden Spot FFA Members Receive Awards
2020-2021 School Year
The L-S FFA chapter reporter, sophomore Rachael Lee, brings news about the accomplishments of the group during the 2020-2021 school year:
Recipients of the American Degree, the highest achievable award FFA members can receive, exhibit a strong work ethic, passion for their organization, outstanding leadership abilities and promise for the future. Lampeter-Strasburg’s FFA chapter, Garden Spot, congratulates alumni Leah Welk and Jordan Martin on achieving this award. Over the past few years, these members have gone above and beyond to promote agriculture, foster relationships with the community and achieve excellence. Over the years these two members decided to go above and beyond to achieve the American Degree. Leah Welk and Jordan Martin have received the American degree award for their hard work and passion for the organization. The American Degree is the highest degree achievable in the Nation FFA Organization, it shows the dedication and outstanding leadership abilities. The Organization states “American FFA Degree recipients show promise for the future and have gone above and beyond to achieve excellence.”
Leah Welk, a 2019 graduate of Lampeter-Strasburg, worked on many SAE projects over the years including, raising lambs, goats, and hogs. She also spent many hours working on her family farm located in Strasburg, PA. She currently attends Penn State University, double majoring in Agricultural Science and Advertising/Public Relations with minors in Leadership Development and Digital Media Trends and Analytics. After college, Leah desires to work in the agriculture industry with communications, social media, or public relations. Leah explains to us why she decided to pursue FFA, she states “My family has been involved with FFA for generations, and I have seen firsthand the tremendous leaders that have come from the program. I joined FFA and wore the blue jacket because I wanted to gain real world experiences and also develop my professional and leadership skills. I felt that FFA was just the beginning for me in my journey in the agriculture industry.”
Jordan Martin, a 2019 graduate of Lampeter-Strasburg, worked on various SAE projects during his time as a member. These included raising, layer chickens, show pigs, show steers, as well as working as a dairy hand and farm hand. Since graduating from the program, Martin has been working for an auction company and working toward getting his auctioneering license. Jordan reminds us that friends and family make this organization worthwhile. The sense of family that comes from FFA is so unique since people from many different backgrounds are coming together for one common goal, to serve the community. Jordan wants to encourage members and the community by stating “Don’t forget to take chances.”
The Keystone degree is the highest degree a FFA member can receive at the state level. Recipients of the Keystone degree are considered to be the top members of the Pennsylvania FFA association. Lampeter-Strasburg’s FFA chapter, Garden Spot, would like to congratulate the following senior members on receiving this award: Gwenn Spotts, James “Alec” Wagner, and Jeslyn Krebs.
Gwen Spotts has participated in an on- farm placement project with Carmar Farm, competed at the state level in the Small Gas Engine CDE, and has served her chapter as Reporter. Her favorite FFA activity was attending the 2019 National Convention and Expo in Indianapolis, Indiana. Looking ahead, her future plans are to finish schooling at Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology for metal fabrication and welding.
James “Alec” Wagner has participated in an on- farm placement project with Landis Dairy Farm, competed at the state level in the Agriculture Technology and Mechanical Systems CDE, and has served his chapter as Sentinel. His favorite FFA Activity was attending PA State FFA Conventions. Alec plans to pursue a career as a diesel mechanic/truck driver.
Jeslyn Krebs has participated in an on-farm placement project with Jim Groff Training Stables, competed at the national level in the Agricultural Issues CDE and has served her chapter as Vice President and Secretary. Her favorite FFA activity was attending the 2019 National FFA Convention and Expo in Indianapolis, Indiana. Jeslyn plans to attend Old Dominion University to play lacrosse and major in pre-veterinary studies.
The iconic FFA blue jacket is a symbol of community, and as a part of the FFA official dress, it instills a feeling of pride to all members who wear it. The jacket award is an award that first year members can apply for to receive an FFA jacket. These jackets prepare them for what is about to come in the future and also bonds them to a bigger community. Lampeter-Strasburg’s FFA chapter, Garden Spot, would like to congratulate the following first year jacket award winners: Aftin Feathers, Benjamin Cauler, Devin Miller-Baum, Dilyn Kemp, Jaclyn Martin, Lillie Weaver, Sarah Blount, and Sydney Albright.
When asked what this award means to them, Aftin Feathers explains “The FFA jacket means the beginning of something new, the beginning of my FFA career which means a lot to me… From beginning to end I want to learn who I want to be when I am an adult, and what impact I can make on the world.”
Another jacket recipient states “I see the FFA jacket as a symbol of the FFA’s work in keeping the American agricultural culture alive. It does this by granting a sense of unity to the members of FFA all over the country. As well as educating and preparing the next generation of agricultural workers. FFA is giving its members a sense of pride that they are a part of something bigger than themselves.”
Lampeter-Strasburg’s FFA chapter officers and advisors, are extremely proud of all the hard work their members have put into this past year. Congratulations to all award winners and we are excited to see what all of you will achieve in the future.
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