Jefferson City, MO – One-hundred and eight high school students participated in Missouri's 56th annual Missouri Electric Youth Tour to Washington, D.C., June 14-20. Local delegates were Zane Mebruer of Cassville and Ricky Miller of Wheaton. They were sponsored by Barry Electric Cooperative.
The seven-day tour provides an action-filled week for high school students, offering them opportunities to learn firsthand what it is like to be involved in politics, leadership positions, community service and today’s pressing issues.
“The Youth Tour is the highlight of the summer for many students and we’re proud to send our best and brightest to Washington, D.C. this year to participate,” said Chris Massman, vice president of Member Services for the Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives in Jefferson City.
Highlights included the young people visiting with representatives from their congressional districts and touring famous monuments, the Smithsonian Institution’s museums and Arlington National Cemetery. After a 30 year hiatus, the group also went on a tour of the White House. The youth group also took a sightseeing and dance cruise on the Potomac River one evening with delegates from other states.
Other events of the week included participation in the Electric Youth Day, during which a special program coordinated by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association brought together with nearly 2,000 Youth Tour delegates from across the United States. The delegates enjoyed featured speeches by government leaders and motivational speakers, such as Mike Schlappi, an inspiring four-time Paralympic medalist and two-time world wheelchair basketball champion.
Since 1964, the nation’s cooperative electric utilities have sponsored more than 50,000 high school juniors and seniors for visits to their U.S. congressional delegations, energy and grassroots government education sessions and sightseeing in Washington. For more information about the AMEC Youth Tour program, please go to www.amec.org/content/youth-programs
The 2018-19 school year marked the 150th anniversary of Cassville Schools! One way the district celebrated was by compiling a time capsule that was buried on campus and will be opened by future wildcats in the year of 2068.
After staff and students worked together to compile what went inside the time capsule, maintenance staff built a concrete vault to protect the capsule from damage then buried the vault.
Barry County Ready Mix donated a large rock that was placed over the site where the time capsule has been buried. The stone, along with new landscaping, is located on campus in front of the Central Office.
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The Cassville FFA had their annual chapter banquet this Sunday, May 5th. The banquet was a time to reflect on the past year and install the future officers of the Casville FFA. Awards earned were:
A total of 44 first-year members met the minimum requirements to receive their Greenhand Degree. Landry Mills and Dalton Anderson were awarded the Star Greenhand Award for their outstanding participation in the year’s activities.
Chapter FFA Degree:
22 members qualified to receive their Chapter FFA Degree,
The Star Chapter Farmer was awarded to Lindee Mitchell. Star Chapter Placement was awarded to Roper Stone and the Star Agribusiness was awarded to Nathan Dick.
Area FFA Degree:
The following members were recognized for receiving their Area FFA Degree: Lindee Mitchell, Angelina Liggett, Devin Ruark, Catie Edmondson, and Grady Stephenson.
State FFA Degree:
Cassville FFA had 5 members receive their State FFA Degree: Alexis Coursey, Cole Jackson, Kory Harvey, Nathan Dick, and Trevor Morgan.
American FFA Degree:
The following members received the highest degree a member can earn last October and was recognized for their hard work and achievements throughout their FFA Careers. Mattie Stephenson, Kyle Cheek, Jace Mason, and Austin McClintock.
The Honorary Degree was earned by Tony Mitchell and Rocky Stone for their support, devotion and dedication to the Cassville FFA Chapter.
The DeKalb Accomplishment Outstanding Senior was awarded to Andrew Littlefield and Cole Jackson.
Special Awards Given were the Student Coach Award, Kobe Blisard was given this award for his time and dedication to his teammates while preparing for the meats evaluation CDE. The Blue & Gold was awarded to Juliette Okel and Seth Stockton.
Proficiency Awards were given to the following members for being successful in their Supervised Agricultural Experiences:
Cole Jackson- Beef Production Placement,
Alexis Coursey- Ag Sales Placement,
Andrew Littlefield-Dairy Production Placement, and
Lindee Mitchell- Outdoor Recreation.
The banquet also celebrated those who participated in Career Development Events and Leadership Development Events. In the spring of 2019, Cassville had 2 State Champion teams, Meats evaluation and Food Science and technology a State Runner-Up Job Interview winner in Cole Jackson, and a Livestock evaluation Team placing 6th at State. The State Champions will go on to compete at the National level this upcoming fall season.
The Cassville FFA Chapter is also pleased to announce that Lindee Mitchell is the Area 11 Sentinel for the 2019-2020 year.
The new Cassville FFA Chapter Officer Team for the 2019-2020 year will be: Lindee Mitchell, President, Grady Stephenson, Vice President, Hailey Bowen, Secretary, Lindsay Russell, Treasurer, Riley Mills, Reporter, Landry Mills, Sentinel, and Angelina Liggett, Historian.
Riley Mills- Cassville FFA Chapter Reporter
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