2011-08-02 / General

OVHS FFA Members Obtain Honors At 82nd Annual Indiana State Convention

Hancock Named State Star Finalist, Schenck Is VII District Treasurer


Owen Valley FFA members who attended the 82nd annual Indiana State Convention included, front row, left to right: Jocelyn McKay, Dylan Shrum, Skylar Pardue and Sean Scully. Back row: Mike Scully, Tyler Schenck, Betheny Wimsatt, Cassie Lehmann, Gabrielle Teter and Augustus Hancock. (Courtesy Photo) Owen Valley FFA members who attended the 82nd annual Indiana State Convention included, front row, left to right: Jocelyn McKay, Dylan Shrum, Skylar Pardue and Sean Scully. Back row: Mike Scully, Tyler Schenck, Betheny Wimsatt, Cassie Lehmann, Gabrielle Teter and Augustus Hancock. (Courtesy Photo) Owen Valley FFA President and graduated senior Augustus Hancock recently reached the pinnacle of his four-year career in the Owen Valley FFA by being named one of the Top Four Finalists for the coveted State Star Farmer Award.

Augustus’s Poultry Entrepreneurial supervised agriculture experience program became the foundation for this illustrious placing.

“To be named in the top four in the state is such a complement to this young man’s desire to learn, implement and execute his plans,” OVHS FFA Advisor Tom Wallace said of Hancock.

Before taking to the stage to be recognized, earlier in the day Augustus received his FFA License Plate Scholarship and Hoosier Degree. Accompanied by his father, Charles Hancock, and mother, Dianna Hancock, the trio was honored at the awards banquet.


The smooth running of each general session requires the leadership of the Courtesy Corps members. Owen Valley FFA members pictured above include, left to right: Cassie Lehmann, Jocelyn McKay, Mike Scully, Sean Scully and Gabrielle Teter. (Courtesy Photo) The smooth running of each general session requires the leadership of the Courtesy Corps members. Owen Valley FFA members pictured above include, left to right: Cassie Lehmann, Jocelyn McKay, Mike Scully, Sean Scully and Gabrielle Teter. (Courtesy Photo) Newly elected Owen Valley Chapter President, Tyler Schenck, sought out a position on the District VII Officer Team for 2011- 2012. Tyler prepared for and was interviewed by a representative group of District VII Delegates to find himself to be slated for and elected to District VII Treasurer.

Competing against eleven other district winners from across the state of Indiana, Owen Valleys own Gabrielle Teter utilized her literacy skills. In the Essay Contest, Gabrielle was given a topic and was given one hour to surf the internet, prepare notes and then given thirty minutes to write a grammatically correct essay. The six months of preparation did produce a top four placing, however, being one of the top twelve competitors demonstrates Gabrielle’s mastery of written communication.


State Star Farmer Finalist Augustus Hancock is pictured above with his father, Charles Hancock, and mother, Dianna Hancock. To receive this honor, Augustus was named District VII Star Farmer and Section Three Star Farmer for 2010-2011. (Courtesy Photo) State Star Farmer Finalist Augustus Hancock is pictured above with his father, Charles Hancock, and mother, Dianna Hancock. To receive this honor, Augustus was named District VII Star Farmer and Section Three Star Farmer for 2010-2011. (Courtesy Photo) Mike Scully participated in another form of communication, known as the Traditional Scrapbook. The rubric required a reporting of FFA activities by each month. Newspaper clippings, pictures with captions, and assistance from fellow FFA members provided a scrap book that was competitive with the other state entries.


OV FFA Vice Presidents Dylan Shrum (left) and Skyler Pardue served as official voting delegates. Dylan and Skyler’s primary responsibilities involved the election of the District VII Officer Team, Section Three Director and the Indiana State FFA Officer Team. (Courtesy Photo) OV FFA Vice Presidents Dylan Shrum (left) and Skyler Pardue served as official voting delegates. Dylan and Skyler’s primary responsibilities involved the election of the District VII Officer Team, Section Three Director and the Indiana State FFA Officer Team. (Courtesy Photo) Betheny Wimsatt, who did not place at the district contest in talent, blossomed with her robust voice at the state convention. Betheny sang at the Judges Luncheon and then in front of 2,900 plus members, parents and guest at the Sixth General Session, with the State FFA Choir providing backup, Betheny provided a professional solo spot during one of the selections.

Owen Valley’s Vice Presidents, Dylan Shrum and Skyler Pardue selected the role as official voting delegates at the 82nd Indiana State Convention. The duo had the responsibilities of electing the Section Three Director, District VII Officer Team and State FFA Officer Team.


Newly-elected Owen Valley FFA Chapter President Tyler Schenck (second from left) is pictured above with his fellow District VII Officers who were elected for the 2011-2012 year. Tyler will be serving as the District VII Treasurer. (Courtesy Photo) Newly-elected Owen Valley FFA Chapter President Tyler Schenck (second from left) is pictured above with his fellow District VII Officers who were elected for the 2011-2012 year. Tyler will be serving as the District VII Treasurer. (Courtesy Photo) Shrum and Pardue voted on the following amendments to the By-Laws. Article VI: State Executive Committee to include the Assistant Director and the State Band and Chorus Presidents. Article III: Membership, allows Indiana Chapters shall have the option of participating in the National FFA Affiliate Membership Dues Program and Hoosier FFA Degree recipients are to provide 25 hours of community service. Article IV: Officer, are to include Assistant Director. Article IX: Board of Trustees will include the Sate FFA Assistant Director a non-voting ex official member of the Board.

The jammed packed three days requires support of FFA members from across the state to serve as Courtesy Corp members. Mike Scully, Sean Scully, Cassie Lehmann,

Jocelyn McKay and Gabrielle Teter provided their services during the general sessions.

For only the second time in eight years the Owen Valley FFA fell out of the elite Top Ten Ranking. Even though the Top Ten was elusive this past year the Owen Valley FFA ranked in the Top 20 with a Superior Rating and will still be able to be evaluated at the National FFA Level with its strong programs in Student, Community and Chapter Development.

The Indiana FFA Foundation is the basis for the financially stability of the State FFA Organization. The financial support from businesses, private citizens and local FFA Chapters provide for the yearly programming of the FFA Organization. The Owen Valley FFA was recognized for their part in this support. The Owen Valley FFA donated at the Silver Level by providing funds over $500 to the Indiana FFA Foundation.

“I am so proud of the Owen Valley FFA. The active involvement of the 85-plus members places all members on a state and national stage,” Wallace said. “The support of volunteers will continue to keep avenues open for all students to be part of a very successful program.”

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