Mini THON Spaghetti Dinner & Auction

February 11, 2017, student and community members gathered together to support Penn Manor High school’s Mini THON. Mini THON is an event that raises money for Four Diamonds. The Four Diamonds supports families that are affected by childhood cancer and is continuously researching for a cure.

Four Diamonds was founded in 1972 in honor of Christopher Millard, who wrote a story of a great knight who sought out four diamonds. One of courage, one of wisdom, one of honesty, and one of strength. Christopher wrote this story because he believed they were the necessary characteristics to overcome cancer, which he was diagnosed with as a child. Christopher did not win his fight against cancer, but his parents were determined to help others win.

The evening kicked off with a spaghetti dinner at 5pm, which included drinks and gelato donated by Turkey Hill. There was a steady flow of community members through out the evening up until the auction. The auction then started at 6:30 where Miller and Siegrist Auctions graciously donated their time in order to help make this event a success.

Thanks to community members and many generous sponsors, the Manor FFA was able to raise $1,973 for Penn Manor High School’s Mini THON!!

Thank you to the following businesses and individuals for their generosity in making this event a success: Hand and Stone, Manor FFA, Scratch Cupcakes, Turkey Hill, Central Manor Bakery and Grill, David Hurlburt, EM Herr, Evans Candy, Leisure Lanes, LifeWay, Kay F. Sensenich, John Herr’s, Musser’s, Broderick’s Lanscape, Georges Family Restaurant, SK Pallet CO, West Willow United Methodist Church, Mrs. Myers, Miller and Siegrist Auctions.

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Keystone Award Recipients

Monday January 9th, during Pennsylvania’s 101 Farm Show and the FFA’s 84th Mid-Winter Convention, 11 students walked across the stage to receive the second highest achievable award in the FFA, the Keystone degree. Congratulations to Sam Garrett, Boyd Barley, Shelby Martin, Evan Ressler, Lynsey Wissler, Wes Herr, Kayla McLain, Conner Bitts, Neve Consylman, Ryan Barnett, and Rose Drumm.

The Keystone degree means that all the effort Sam put into her SAE projects has paid off and that she can continue her FFA career. After she graduates Sam plans on running for FFA State Office and then attending college to become a veterinary technician. Her advice for future Keystone Degree runner is to be passionate about your SAEs and keep up to date with AET as well as planning ahead. She plans on striving for her American Degree.

Boyd views the Keystone Degree as that his SAE projects were good enough to get him to this level. His plan for after high school is to work on his family’s farm. Boyd’s advice to future applicants is to keep AET up to date. He has yet to decide if he is applying for his American Degree.

The Keystone Degree means that Shelby can continue on to get her American Degree. After high school she plans on going to Morrisville State College to obtain her associates and bachelors in equine. Her advice for future students going for their Keystone is to stay as involved as possible and to set and surpass their goals. Shelby plans on going for her American Degree.

Evan thinks of the Keystone Degree as a representation of his dedication to the FFA and his achievements it has taken to earn this degree. After high school, Evan plans on attending college to major in civil engineering. His advice to future applicants is to get and stay involved as early as possible and to record everything in AET. Evan does not plan on running for his American Degree.

The Keystone Degree proves that hard work pays off to Lynsey, and that she can do anything she sets her mind to. After high school Lynsey plans on attending a four year university to get her Master’s degree in childhood education. Her advice when going for your keystone iis to stick with it because it will pay off and you will be glad you accomplished it. She does not plan on going for her American Degree.

Wes views the Keystone degree as a family tradition as well as a way to exemplify his leadership in the FFA. His plans after High School is to find a career in Plant Science and possibly attend a technical school in that time. Wes’s advice to future students going for their Keystone is to always keep your record books accurate and up to date as well as going the extra mile whenever possible. He plans on going for his American Degree.

Kayla sees the Keystone Degree as her last four years of hard, dedicated, and focused work. After high school she plans on going to Penn State to major in Ag Business Management. Her advice to future Keystone nominees is to work hard and keep their AET up to date. Kayla plans on attaining her American Degree.

The Keystone Degree means a lot to Connor and he feels it is a big accomplishment to withhold. After High School Connor plans on going to Stevens Trade School for two years. His advice to future students going for their Keystone is to fill out your AET and don’t procrastinate. Connor has yet to decide if he is going for his American Degree.

Neve feels the keystone degree means the last four years of hard work and dedication have paid off. After high school, Neve plans on going to going for either an Ag Education or an Automotive Technician. Her advice to future Keystone Applicants is to not wait until the last minute to fill in your AET. Neve does not plan on going for her American Degree.

The Keystone Degree means Ryan has reached the second highest award attainable in FFA. After high school he plans on taking over his grandparents farm. His advice for future students running for their Keystone Degree is to make sure their AET is always up to date. Ryan plans on striving for his American Degree.

Rose thinks of the Keystone Degree as a tradition since both of her sisters and father received the award. After High School Rose plans on running for a state FFA Office and then run her family farm. Her advice for future applicants is to cherish it and remember that it is worth it. Rose plans on running for her American Degree.

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Left to Right: Sam, Boyd, Shelby, Evan, Lynsey, Wes, Kayla, Connor, Neve, Ryan, Rose.

 

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Jacket Scholarship Awards

Monday January 9th, during Pennsylvania’s 101 Farm Show and the FFA’s 84th Mid-Winter Convention, six students stood around the large arena to put on their blue and gold jackets for the very first time. Congratulations Austin Kolb, Marshall Ebersole, Colin Smith, Maddy Denlinger, Lauren Sensenich, and Kylie Kreider.

Austin joined the FFA because he wanted to gain more knowledge of agriculture and meet new friends with similar interests. He wanted to get his FFA jacket because it means it represents something and that he will use it in his future career in agriculture. Austin plans on continuing in FFA by taking the Ag Business class. His advice to future freshman is to not overthink the questions and to simply explain your future plans in agriculture and FFA.

Marshall joined the FFA because he is a farm boy and wanted to get to know people with similar interests. He wanted to get his jacket because it means that he is part of a group and that he can represent his chapter in a positive way. Marshal plans on continuing in FFA and is joining the 2017 Poultry Evaluation Team. His advice for others applying for their jacket is to put deep thought and consideration into their answers.

Colin joined the FFA because it’s a fun extracurricular activity. He wanted his FFA jacket because it means he can look like a professional member. He plans on continuing in FFA and strives to one day earn his American Degree. His advice to future freshman is to go for it because it’s worth it, fun, and a good high school experience.

Maddy joined the FFA because she wanted to learn about agriculture, gain as much knowledge and skill as she can secure, and to continue on her family tradition. She wanted to get her FFA jacket because it means a new journey has begun for her in FFA and that she’s a part of a unified organization that helps others and teaches them about our love for agriculture. Maddy’s future plans in FFA are to earn awards and go for her American Degree and maybe State Officer. Her advice to future applicants is to think about what they are passionate about in FFA and their future in the organization.

Lauren joined the FFA because she wanted to improve her leadership and communication skills as well as it being a family tradition. She wanted to get her FFA jacket because it means that she is part of one big team and it shows all the hard work and time she put into FFA. Lauren plans on continuing in FFA and going to Penn State to major in Ag Business. Her advice to other applying for their jacket is to answer the questions from the heart and not to wait to finish the application.

Kylie joined the FFA so she could continue raising pigs for the fair and for the many opportunities FFA provides. She wanted to get her jacket because it opens so many more opportunities in FFA. Kylie hopes to continue in FFA by competing in fairs, CDEs, and earning rewards. Her advice to future freshman is to just apply and go for it.

Congratulations again to this years jacket recipients!!

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AG Mechanics Skills Contest

Wednesday and Thursday, December 21 and 22, 14 students competed against one another in an Intro and Advanced Mechanics skill platform. Each students completed six activities ranging from welding to engine mechanics.

In the Intro circuit Logan Herr earned 3rd, Bailey Smith earned 2nd, and Bray Vocal earned 1st place! Congratulations!!

In the Advanced circuit Luke Frey earned 3rd, Jonathan Eshbach earned 2nd, and Kenny Barley earned 1st place! Congratulations!!

Each of the winners won a varying size set of Cobalt Tools. Thank you to the many sponsors of the event.

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Mr. Hess, Luke Frey (3rd), Jonathon Eshbach (2nd), and Kenny Barley (1st).

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Mr. Hess, Bray Vocal (1st), Bailey Smith (2nd), and Logan Herr (Not Pictured, 3rd)

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Student Scholarship Award

Congratulations to Maddy Denlinger for achieving the Student scholarship award.

Maddy was nominated by our chapters Ag Advisers for her willingness to help, great work ethic, and positive attitude. She encourages her peers and follows through with her commitments. Her SAE shows growth and learning. She is a model FFA student and someone that anyone can look up to for advice.

Keep up the good work Maddy!!

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State Officer Visit

Friday, December 16th, four State Officers came to teach student all about FFA. They included active games and quizzes in each class. Leadership, focus, sportsmanship, and working as a team were just a few of the things they educated our students about. Thank you Sarah, Madeline, Jill, and Garrett for coming to our Chapter!!

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Fruit Sale Summary

Thank you members for awesome input in our annual Fruit Sale Fundraiser. Everyone was a big help putting together fruit baskets and orders both at Thanksgiving and Christmas. I am proud to announce we met our goal of 2.500 units. Money for Christmas is due by January 4th.  You must have all money turned in to be eligible to go to the Farm Show!!! Prizes are available here and must be ordered by January 13th or you forfeit your prize!!

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