Jefferson High School Secretary Elaine Rode is this year’s Delphos FFA Honorary Chapter Member. Rode was chosen for her assistance with the program. Outgoing FFA President Emily Buettner, center, presents her with a certificate, pin and cash award while incoming President Hannah Elwer looks on. (DHI Media/Nancy Spencer)
Jefferson High School Secretary Elaine Rode is this year’s Delphos FFA Honorary Chapter Member. Rode was chosen for her assistance with the program. Outgoing FFA President Emily Buettner, center, presents her with a certificate, pin and cash award while incoming President Hannah Elwer looks on. (DHI Media/Nancy Spencer)
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DELPHOS — FFA Advisor Scott Elwer has seen thousands of kids come through his program at Jefferson High School. According to Elwer, the successful ones “buy in.”

“They sign up as freshmen and they don’t know what to expect and I don’t know what they’ve got,” Elwer said. “By the second year, they either buy in or they are done. I always tell them you have to put in what you want to get out.”

By example, he called his senior FFA members to the front during the 69th annual “Stars Over Delphos” FFA Parent and Member banquet Sunday at Jefferson High School. Kelly Krites, Michelle Rode, Eli Lucas, Emily Buettner, Maggie Ream, Colin White and Trevor German rose to the occasion.

“These seven have earned $90,000 in their four years in FFA,” Elwer explained. “They say you multiply that by seven and we get $630,000 in economic impact for Delphos. That is from high school kids.”

Jefferson High School Principal Chad Brinkman also spoke.

“I am proud of our long-standing tradition with FFA,” Brinkman began. “These kids are up and busy well before 7 a.m. and still going well after 11 p.m. They continue to set high standards for their members and they continue to embrace them.”

Local awards given included: Agriscience — Kenzi Coffey, Hannah Dickson, Halle Elwer, Landon Elwer, Aly Lindeman, Austin Pohlman, Cody Redmon, Austin Ricker, Kendall Schrader and Garrett Mueller; SAE Discovery — Cassidy Beining, Olivia Martin, Nathan Gable, Avery Schulte and Tyra Moyar; Ag Service Placement — Trevor German; Ag. Sales Placement — Hannah Elwer; Specialty Crop Production Placement — Isaac Gable; Poultry Production Entrepreneurship — Braxton Scalf; Sheep Production Entrepreneurship — Carson Kazee; Small Animal Care Entrepreneurship — Kelly Krites; Turf Grass Management Entrepreneurship — Troy Elwer; Highest GPA Scholarship — Michelle Rode; Freshman Record Book/AET — Troy Calvelage and Caden Meyer; Sophomore Record Book/AET — Brianna Altenburger and Jeffrey Odenweller; Junior Record Book/AET — Anna May and Mark Wrasman; and Senior Record Book/AET — Michelle Rode and Emily Buettner.

Special local awards were also given by Advisor Elwer and include:

• Honorary Chapter Degree — Elaine Rode (Jefferson High School secretary)

• FFA Appreciation Award — Kelly Hershey (St. John’s High School secretary) and Maggie Ream

• 110% Award — Colin White and Eli Lucas

• Star Greenhand — Austin Pohlman and Halle Elwer

• Star Chapter Farmer — Isaac Gable

• Star in Agricultural Placement — Hannah Elwer

• Star in Agribusiness — Trevor German

• Dekalb Award — Michelle Rode and Emily Buettner

This is the first time ever Elwer has awarded two Dekalb Awards.

“This award signifies scholarship, leadership and community service,” Elwer said. “Michelle and Emily have both shown that extremely well.”

Shelly Schulte also presented four scholarship from the FFA Booster Club. Those were received by Eli Lucas, Michelle Rode, Trevor German and Colin White.

Other accomplishments included Troy Elwer as a state finalist in Turf Grass Management Entrepreneurship. Elwer also earned his American Degree. Hannah Elwer, Anna May and Mark Wrasman earned their State Degrees and Ethan Bonifas, Cole Reindel, Cody Wright and Brandon Wrasman also earned their American Degrees.

There are 87 FFA members this year from three schools, including Jefferson, St. John’s and Fort Jennings. There are also home-schooled members.

The 14th annual Delphos FFA Member Auction will be held at 7:30 p.m. on April 10 in the Jefferson High School cafeteria. FFA members can be purchased for eight hours of labor in a live-auction format. A light meal will be provided to bidders at 7:15 p.m. RSVP to the Ag Department at 419-695-1786, ext. 407.