New Castle News


February 11, 2013

Photo Gallery, Story: County residents claim state farm show honors



Several FFA students in the three school districts also were awarded their Keystone Farmer degrees at the show. Only about 4 percent of all Pennsylvania FFA members receive Keystone Degrees. In order to receive them, FFA members must keep accurate records for two years and demonstrate high leadership skills.

The recipients are:

•Laurel — Aubrey Gibson, Amanda Lubich, Jessica Jones, Marissa Lubinski, Ethan Wilson, Dalton Valenti, Devin Miller and Justina Chin.

Eight students were FFA jacket recipients. They are Jake

Cahall, Jaymie Conrad, Brady Crawford, Lucas Drake, Brittany Kendall, Scott Siddall, Jorden Streckeisen and Nicole Wade.

•Mohawk — Cara Trotter and Sam Clark received the state Keystone Degrees. Dylan Clark received an FFA jacket courtesy of the FFA Alumni Association.

•Wilmington — Brandon Ryder, Morgan Urban, Lauren Slick, Jamie Phillips, Zack McCluskey, Shawn Homes, Autumn Lilly, Mackenzie Dess, Devin Sharek and Lauren Martin.

 Brian and Tammy Dess were recognized with a citation award. Mackenzie Dess is the fifth child in the Dess family to receive the Keystone Degree.


 •Wilmington —Two teams won blue ribbons. They are the Queens and Jokers, consisting of members Anna Miller, Samantha Foy, Lauren Slick, Ashlynn Wagner, Alan Wilson, Jon Yohman, Aaron Sankey, Chris Welch and Mitchell Whiting, and the Crazy Eights, which include Morgan Urban, Jessica Schlumberger, Shelby Ratvasky, Veronica Gathers, Madeline Whiting, Scott Snyder, Zack McCluskey, Clayton Styer, Jimmy Braho and Zane Slick.

•Mohawk — The Merry Mohawks square dance team also won a blue ribbon. Its members are Hanna Rohrmann, Hope Rohrmann, Mallorie Shiderly, Madison Shiderly, Megan Shiderly, Anna Hostetter, Brandon Raney, Dan Cowher, Corbin Rohrmann, Chris Lindsey, Anthony Romano, and Dylan Clark.

•Laurel — The square dance team placed second in the competition. Members are Marissa Lubinski, Devin Miller, Kaitlyn Lantz, Philip Richards, Justina Chin, Dalton Valenti, Sarah Little, and Derek Boak.


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