• Photo by Mary Richardson
    On the left, Robert Ray, Graford’s Ag Director and FFA Chapter Advisor, presents the Future Farmers of America Golden Gavel to Donnie Feregrino, as retiring president of the Graford FFA Chapter of the 2015-16 Senior Officers Saturday during Graford’s annual FFA Banquet.
  • Photo by Mary Richardson
    Left to right are Donnie Feregrino, Trapper Lewis, Ricky Williams and Clay Carver showing the certificates of award they received from Tarleton State University and Texas FFA in recognition of qualifying for the 2016 State Homesite Evaluation Career Development Event for exhibiting a high degree of knowledge, skill and competitiveness. Graford FFA Chapter Director of Ag Sciences Robert Ray said he was very proud of them because they won first in District, third in Area and 29th at State.
  • Photo by Mary Richardson
    Rebecca Richardson, left, and Montana Cantrell show the FFA Star Chapter Degree plaques they received Saturday during Graford’s annual FFA Banquet.
  • Photo by Mary Richardson
    Keagan Rogers, left, and Jacqueline Feregrino show the Star Greenhand plaques they received Saturday during Graford’s annual FFA Banquet.

Graford FFA presents awards to top students

The Graford Chapter of the Future Farmers of America recognized its members for agricultural advocacy efforts at the club’s annual banquet Saturday evening. Donnie Feregrino, retiring president, served as the master of ceremonies, and Robert Ray, Graford’s FFA chapter director of ag sciences and chapter advisor, spoke to members and guests.

“The Star Awards represent the best among the best who have mastered skills in production, finance management and/or research,” Ray said. ”Each year two students are selected by a point system to receive awards. Usually, we have one male and one female recipient, but this year the Star Chapter Farmer Degrees are being presented to Rebecca Richardson and Montana Cantrell. And, Keagan Rogers and Jacqueline Feregrino will receive the Greenhand Star Degrees.”

Donnie Feregrino, Trapper Lewis, Ricky Williams and Clay Carver received certificates from Tarleton State University and Texas FFA in recognition of qualifying for the 2016 State Homesite Evaluation Career Development Event for exhibiting a high degree of knowledge, skill and competitiveness.

“I am very proud of this group because they won first in District, third in Area and 29th at State,” Ray said.

Dylan Bloxham, Remington Shields, Carolina Torres, Rogers, Eric Phillips, Michael Cowley, Jacqueline Feregrino, Jacoby Gray, Bailey Gunn and Megan Minks were awarded FFA Greenhand Degrees.

Gray, Shields, Minks, Torres, Phillips, Rogers and Jacqueline Feregrino were recognized for excellence in the CDE and LDE events.

Greenhand Chapter officers presented Honorary Chapter Degrees to Jason Houser, Terry Ruddy and Sam Minton.

Chapter Appreciation Awards were presented to Travis Rogers, Judy Morrow and Travis Bridges.

Graford FFA 2015-2016 Chapter Officers include Donnie Feregrino, president; Lewis, vice president; Riley Woodruff, second vice president; Skyler Carver, secretary; Caleb Taylor, treasurer; Christian Ishmael, reporter; Sawyer Brown, sentinel; Jerry Posey, historian; William Presley, student adviser; and Jacob Moss, chaplain.

The 2015-2016 FFA Greenhand Officers include Keagan Rogers, president; Minks, vice president; Shields, secretary; Cowley, treasurer; Torres, sentinel; Gray, parliamentarian; Ricky Ferguson, historian; and Phillips, chaplain.

The school’s FFA program strives to help develop skills to become future biologists, chemists, scientists, doctors, veterinarians, wildlife managers, engineers, business entrepreneurs and civic leaders. Students are involved in the development of a needs assessment, planning the goals, objectives and budget, implementation of the activity, promotion and evaluation of a chosen project.

The incoming senior officers for 2016-17 include Richardson, president: Skyler Carver, vice president; James Kincaid, secretary; Minks, treasurer; Jacqueline Feregrino, reporter; Woodruff, sentinel; Alexis Gee, parliamentarian; Moss, chaplain; Keagan Rogers, student adviser; and Jerry Posey, historian.

At the end of the ceremony Ray presented the Future Farmers of America Golden Gavel award to Donnie Feregrino, as retiring president of the Graford FFA Chapter.

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