KEYSER - Mineral County FFA members are distinguishing themselves across the state for their hard work and dedication to agriculture education.

By Ronda Wertman
Tribune Correspondent
KEYSER - Mineral County FFA members are distinguishing themselves across the state for their hard work and dedication to agriculture education.
As the chapter held its annual awards, three members - Hannah Iman, Allison Robinette and Rebekah Rhodes - are poised to receive their State FFA Degrees at the state convention in July. This is the highest honor the state FFA can give to a member.
Daniel Owens earned West Virginia Proficiency Awards for his wildlife management and beef projects He has chosen for his wildlife entry to compete in the national competition.
Laicey Dolly earned second place at the state level earning her Proficiency Award for her sheep project.
Making their mark in their freshmen year with the FFA were Dylan Wilson, Ave Rexrode, BillieJo Bane, Robbie Moncrief, Roy Ketterman and Haylin Cook, who received their Star Greenhand awards.
The Greenhand Award is presented annually for excellence and growth with a members Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) and to recognize for leadership and participation in the FFA.
“We’re blessed we have several classes of Agriculture I students,” said FFA advisor Carol Webb. “We have a great group of Greenhands,” she said thanking the members and their parents for their support of the program.
“We hope this Star Greenhand award will lead you eventually to the American FFA Degree, she said.
In other recognition, Kiaira Iser was recognized by the FFA as Mineral County’s Star Chapter Farmer, while Dylan Wilson was honored for the FFA Creed competition.
The chapter this year recognized two members of the community with honorary FFA degrees recognizing Jim Daniels and Jim Bruno for their efforts made on behalf of the FFA.
Reaching a milestone in membership, members handed out 261 balloons as guests left the banquet. As the balloons were released Advisor Brent Ebert noted the national theme “Just One” and the difference each one can make in their community.