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Lincoln Co. FFA honors outstanding members

The Lincoln County High School Future Farmers of America (FFA) Chapter held its annual spring banquet on May 17.

The Chapter hosted around 150 members, parents, and guests with a buffet style meal served at the high school.

The FFA Chapter presented several different star awards, including Scholarship Awards. The students receiving these awards have earned the highest GPA in their class.

In the freshman class, there was a seven-way tie between Kaylie Cotter, Ada Ladwig, Luke Listrom, Jaden Lunsford, David Mayberry, Mckenzie Settles, and Lucy Singleton. There was a three-way tie the sophomore class between Laura Ferguson, Woods Smith, and Kennedy Kirkpatrick. In the junior class, Carter Story got the scholarship award and, in the senior class, Cassidy Goetz was the recipient.

The Chapter also bestowed the Leadership Award upon one student within each class. Those recipients were: freshman class – Eli Dunn; sophomore class – Alexis Villarreal; junior class – Calli Gooch; and senior class – Reed Campbell.

Hunter Killen was presented the Community Service Award while Lindsey Phillips was given the Star Greenhand Award. The Star Greenhand Award is presented to the most active first-year member.

As a chapter, Lincoln had an outstanding number of first-, second-, and third-place victories this past year.

Lincoln earned its first-place awards in the following competitions:

* Quiz Bowl: Russell County Regional Quiz, Regional Individual Quiz, UK Field Day Quiz;

* Jr. Parliamentary Procedure: Adair County Paperwork Day Parli;

* Impromptu: Fruit and Vegetable, Nursery and Landscape;

* UK Field Day:  Job Interview and Tractor Driving.

The events where Lincoln finished as runners-up were:

* Sr. Parliamentary Procedure: Boyle County Parli, Spencer County Invitational Parli, and Lindsey Wilson Regional Parli;

* UK Field Day: Nursery Evaluation Team;

* Creed Speaking:  Chapter Creed, Boyle County Creed, Spencer County Invitational Creed, and Lindsey Wilson Regional Creed.

And the thirds were at Lindsey Wilson in Floral Impromptu and Swine Impromptu.

Sadly, the LCHS FFA Chapter bids farewell to eight outstanding senior members. Those senior members are: Bianna Southerland, Ally McQueen, Ashley Correll, Haley Jones, Emily Mason, Cassidy Goetz, Hayley Reynolds, and Reed Campbell.

Harvey Franklin, FFA advisor at Lincoln, spoke with a few of the seniors during the banquet and they said they “will always keep this chapter and those who mentored them through their time here close to their hearts.” He said they spoke about overcoming adversities such as difficulty with public speaking, socialization, and communication with competitions, mentoring, and making unbreakable bonds that will last a lifetime.

Franklin said that the local FFA chapter is excited about the upcoming year, and how its members will serve us well.

“We hope to greatly increase community involvement through communication,” said Franklin. “Thank you for all the support this community has provided for us.”