KEYSER - “Don't worry about what happens next. Trust in your journey,” urged West Virginia State FFA president Andrew Hauser of nearby Tucker County as he addressed local FFA members.

By Ronda Wertman
Tribune Correspondent
KEYSER - “Don’t worry about what happens next. Trust in your journey,” urged West Virginia State FFA president Andrew Hauser of nearby Tucker County as he addressed local FFA members.
“It’s funny how opportunities come to us. We’re always put in the right place at the right time,” said Hauser as he shared how his experiences led him to South Africa.
Hauser brought greetings to Mineral County from West Virginia’s 5,000 members as local members gathered for their annual awards.
Senior students were recognized with medallions for their service to the FFA.
“They have been with us for at least four years,” said FFA advisor Carol Webb.
Advisor Julie Sions urged seniors to remember the thought behind the saying in her room, “Every day is a holiday. Every meal is a banquet.”  
Brent Ebert recalled the late Paul Harvey’s speech to the FFA, “So, God made a farmer!” as he recognized Hunter Lewis and Abigail Johnson for their hard work with the Jr Bowers Dedication Award.
“When someone you love becomes a memory, that memory becomes a treasure,” said Wendy Cannon Owens as she presented this year’s Terry Cannon Leadership Award on behalf of his family and in place of his daughter Angel Cannon, who was unable to attend.
Serving as the director of the Vocational-Technical Center, Cannon’s legacy is his compassion and caring for the students and having a heart for the community.
“Terry was a wonderful gift to the lives he touched,” said Owens as she recognized Dana Bamburg and Naomi Bane for carrying on Cannon’s spirit and leadership.
Andrew Iser was recognized at the Outstanding FFA Member for his commitment and dedication. The award was presented by Carl Rexrode in memory of his brother the Matthew Rexrode, who was a former chapter president and state officer.
“No matter what you do in life, be passionate about it,” said Webb, noting “his (Rexrode’s) passion showed for the blue and gold.”