By Samantha Makamson, FFA Reporter
On May 3rd the Ackerman FFA Chapter held its first banquet. A series of awards were handed out to those students who achieved Supervised Agricultural Experience goals, awards earned throughout the year, Greenhand degrees, and chapter degrees. Students that received awards are: Forestry- Brett Boykin, Keriann Johnsey, John South, Andy Robinson Parliamentary Procedure- Kayleigh Nickels, Andy Robinson, Johnny Douglas, Alyssa Prichett, Samantha Makamson, John South, (alternate) Sydney Pinnix Land Judging- John South, Daniel Allen, Hunter Wiley Creed Speaking- Leah Fondren Extemporaneous Speaking- Samantha Makamson Public Speaking- Haley Thomas Senior Opening & Closing team- Brett Boykin, Brandi Medders, Alyssa Pritchett, Hayley Thomas, Abby Wood, Johnny Douglas, Andy Robinson Tool ID- Caitlyn Allen, Daniel Allen, Armelia Gunter, Leah Fondern Jr. Opening & Closing team- Philip Evans, Mitchell Harris, Austin Blaine, Jennifer Bigley, Nicholas Jones, Joseph Miller, Chantel Makamson Envirothon- Andy Robison, Keriann Johnsey, John South, Hayley Thomas, Abby Wood Top Seller- Abby Wood Christmas Parade Float- Alyssa Pritchett, Andy Robison, Johnny Douglas, Brett Boykin, Brandi Medders Greenhand Degrees: Alexis Cain, Amie Gunter, C.J. Pratt, Caitlyn Allen, Dusty Holmes, Hunter Wiley, Jessica Kirkwood, Kalaysia Robinson, Kenyatta Cheaton, Leah Fondren, Macie Cook, Shanice Cook, Sydney pinnix, Travor Pratt Star Greenhand-Caitlyn Allen Chapter Degrees: Andy Robison, John South, Hayley Thomas, Abby Wood, Keriann Johnnsey, Kayleigh Nickels, Johnny Douglas, Alyssa Pritchett Chapter Star Farmer- Andy Robison Chapter Star in Ag. Business- Johnny Douglas Chapter Star in Ag. Placement- Macie Cook Chapter Star in Ag. Science- Hayley Thomas Supervised Agricultural Experience is a year round program made up of projects or enterprises where you apply agricultural skills and knowledge taught in the classroom. Some examples of Supervised Agricultural Experiences done by students in Ackerman FFA are growing tomato plants, observing a wildlife food plot, and volunteering at Choctaw veterinary clinic. New Leadership was also appointed. The new Ackerman FFA Chapter Officers of 2012-2013 are: President- Andy Robison, Vice President- Abby Wood, Secretary- Kayleigh Nickels, Student Advisor- Hayley Thomas, Treasurer- John South, Reporter- Samantha Makamson, Sentinel- Alyssa Pritchett, Parlimentarian- Johnny Douglas, Historian- Macie Cook May 3rd marks the now historical date for Ackerman FFA. The chapter plans on holding banquets in the future that will also recognize those students who have met their goals. This year’s banquet was a great success with ninety-two non-members and eighty-five members present. We hope that next year we can double that number.