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WHS FFA members receive honors

WORTHINGTON -- Mark Schutte was presented the Chapter Star in Ag Placement Monday night during the Worthington FFA Chapter's annual banquet at the high school. Schutte, a senior, earned the chapter's top honor by working in his family's farming o...

Star in Ag Placement, Star Greenhands
Worthington FFA Chapter Star in Ag Placement Mark Schutte (center), is joined by FFA Star Greenhand award winners Keith Ailts (left) and Greg Newman. (Julie Buntjer/Daily Globe)

WORTHINGTON -- Mark Schutte was presented the Chapter Star in Ag Placement Monday night during the Worthington FFA Chapter's annual banquet at the high school. Schutte, a senior, earned the chapter's top honor by working in his family's farming operation.

Star Greenhand awards were presented to Keith Ailts and Greg Newman, while the Honorary FFA Degree was presented to Jaycox Implement for its support of FFA activities.

Half a dozen Worthington FFA members will be awarded their State FFA Degree during the annual convention in late April in St. Paul. They were recognized Monday night for their efforts. Recipients include Stuart Rogers (ag placement at Rogers Construction and farm labor); Logan Neyens (ag placement at Dave Neyens Construction); Emily Penning (ag placement at Summit Lake Livestock); Erin Pomranke (ag placement at Van Westen Farms); Mark Schutte (ag placement at Dave Schutte Farms); and Derek Lee (ag placement at Kremer Farms).

Proficiency awards are presented to FFA members who keep accurate and complete records on their Supervised Agricultural Experience, whether in crop or livestock production or work in an ag-related business. Awards and recipients are as follows: Kyle Fritz, Ag Service Placement; Stuart Rogers, Diversified Ag Production; Derek Lee, Diversified Crop Production; Emily Penning, Dairy Production Placement; Mark Schutte, Diversified Ag Production; Erin Pomranke, Diversified Ag Production; Logan Neyens, Agricultural Mechanics Design and Fabrication; and Stephanie Behrens, Beef Production.

Leadership and scholarship awards are presented each year to the outstanding students in each grade level. Freshmen awards were given to Desalegn Zemenfes, leadership, and Jeremy Majerus, scholarship. Sophomores: Peter Scholtes, leadership; Carolyn Lovan, scholarship; Juniors: Whitney Prins, leadership; Kayli Kuhl, scholarship; and Seniors: Erin Pomranke, leadership; Derek Lee, scholarship.

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Kayli Kuhl received the extemporaneous speaking award, while Jackie Martin was awarded the prepared public speaking pin.

Receiving scholarships during Monday's banquet were Logan Neyens, Jerry Russell scholarship; Stuart Rogers and Kyle Fritz, Ray Cuperus scholarship; Stephanie Behrens, Martha Olson scholarship; and Derek Lee, Ag Advisory Board scholarship.

Other awards presented at the banquet included the trap shooting trophies, presented to Jordan Honken and Kyle Wiese; the DeKalb Senior Plaque, given to Kyle Wiese; and top fruit sale honors, awarded to Peter Scholtes ($3,884 in sales), Keith Ailts ($1,103) and Jaren Solt ($703).

As the retiring president from 2010-2011, Erin Pomranke was presented a gavel set.

Honorary FFA Degree recipients
Chad and Kristin Jaycox, owners of Jaycox Implement in Worthington, were presented the Honorary FFA Degree during Monday night's Worthington FFA Banquet. (Julie Buntjer/Daily Globe)

Related Topics: AGRICULTURE
Julie Buntjer became editor of The Globe in July 2021, after working as a beat reporter at the Worthington newspaper since December 2003. She has a bachelor's degree in agriculture journalism from South Dakota State University.
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