PORT WASHINGTON -- A number of Indian Valley FFA members and guests were present when the FFA chapter recently conducted their annual awards ceremony in Port Washington Elementary Gymnasium. Erma Fenton catered the meal.

For the past several years, the chapter has utilized an activity point system to recognize members for their participation in FFA activities.

Members accumulated points throughout the year by participating in chapter sponsored events, leadership activities, community service projects and FFA contests.

Based on the accumulation of points, the top ten leaders for the 2014-2015 school year are Luke Durbin, Amanda Fowler, Sarah Fowler, Autumn Gardner, Aric Gardner, Taylor Sprowl, Kaylee Stephen, Justin Scott, Brandon Stephen, and Maddy Schupp.

Kaylee Stephen, daughter of Rhonda and Chad Stephen of Newcomerstown, received the Harold Schreiner Memorial Award for Leadership.

Sarah Fowler, daughter of Natalie Fowler of Port Washington, was the recipient of the Don Williams Memorial Award for Community Service.

The L. Frank Miller Memorial Award, presented annually to the top member of the parliamentary procedure team,was also presented to Sarah Fowler

In addition, Sarah Fowler received the Blue and Gold Award presented to an agricultural education student who has unselfishly given of their time, labor and efforts to help the chapter and its members, not looking to receive anything in return.

This past year, 23 seniors were enrolled in the Indian Valley FFA Chapter. Luke Durbin, son of Matt Durbin, of New Philadelphia, who has maintained an exemplary SAE throughout the past four years, was recognized as outstanding senior.

Ciara Himes, daughter of Tina Hoffman and Eric Himes of Strasburg, was recognized for receiving her State FFA Degree during the Ohio FFA Convention in May.

Chapter secretary Kaylee Stephen and chapter treasurer, Allison Kenney, were recognized during the State FFA Convention for receiving a Gold Rating on their respective officer books.

Brandon Stephen, son of Rhonda and Chad Stephen of Newcomerstown, received the Star Greenhand Award. Selected to receive the Star Chapter FFA Degree was Taylor Sprowl, daughter of Tracy and Shawn Sprowl of Port Washington.

Chapter Proficiency Awards were presented to the following: Sarah Fowler, Home and Community Development, and Swine Production; (two awards); Luke Durbin, Beef Production; Kaylee Stephen, Equine Science; Luke Durbin, Agricultural Mechanics, Design and Fabrication; Lyrissa Porter, Agricultural Processing and Goat Production (two awards); Amanda Fowler, Poultry Production; and Poitra Huebner, Veterinary Science.

Maddy Schupp was the top salesman for the 2014-2015 citrus fruit sales, and this year she sold $1,342.00 worth of fruit. Kim Nichols was the second highest salesman among the chapter members, and third highest was Dakota Booth, Lyrissa Porter was fourth, and Jacob Armstrong, fifth.

Top strawberry salesmen this year was Maddy Schupp, who sold 53 flats of strawberries; Ciara Himes was second high strawberry salesman, selling 34-1/2 flats of strawberries. Other top strawberry salesmen were Taylor Sprowl, third; Brandon Cannon, fourth; and Bailey Knepper, fifth.

Chapter members selected Mrs. Brystal Walton, Indian Valley FFA Alumni member, to receive the Honorary Chapter Farmer Degree, for her support and assistance with the Share-A-Christmas Toy Program, as well as her help with numerous other FFA activities for the past several years.

Members of the 2014-2015 Indian Valley FFA officer team include: Autumn Gardner, president; Amanda Fowler, vice president; Alex Chrisman, secretary; Brandon Stephen, treasurer; Paitra Huebner, reporter; Maddy Schupp, sentinel; and Taylor Sprowl, student advisor.