Murray State University’s Hutson School of Agriculture recognizes area FFA students for outstanding accomplishments

Murray State University’s Hutson School of Agriculture recognizes area FFA students for outstanding accomplishments

By Shawn Touney | Mar 23, 2021

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The Hutson School of Agriculture at Murray State University recently honored high school students from the Purchase, Pennyrile and Green River regions as Murray State FFA All-Region Stars based on the students’ demonstrated leadership in Future Farmers of America (FFA).

MURRAY, Ky. The Hutson School of Agriculture at Murray State University recently honored high school students from the Purchase, Pennyrile and Green River regions as Murray State FFA All-Region Stars based on the students’ demonstrated leadership in Future Farmers of America (FFA). 

 Since COVID-19 prevented the annual Stars banquet from being held, Dr. Tony Brannon, dean of the Hutson School of Agriculture, and Dr. Brian Parr, assistant dean of the Hutson School of Agriculture, traveled to area high schools to personally present the award to each Star.

 FFA advisors at individual high schools could nominate two students for this recognition — one as an automatic award recipient and the other as an at-large nomination (not all at-large nominees were selected for the award).  FFA regional officers from Purchase, Pennyrile and select Green River Region counties were also selected for FFA All-Region Stars awards.

 The honored FFA students attend a number of high schools in the region, including Ballard Memorial, Calloway County, Carlisle County, Fulton County, Graves County, Hickman County, Livingston Central, Marshall County, McCracken County, Murray, and Trigg County in the Purchase region; Caldwell County, Christian County, Crittenden County, Hopkins County Central, Hopkinsville, Madisonville North Hopkins, Muhlenberg County, and Todd County Central in the Pennyrile region; and Henderson County, Union County, and Webster County in the Green River region. Students from counties in the Green River region outside of Murray State’s 18-county service area and border counties were not eligible.

 Students recognized during the award ceremony include the following:

Purchase Region

Byron Hack, Ballard Memorial High School

Tinslee Williams, Ballard Memorial High School

Kaylee Geurin, Calloway County High School

Hunter Rudolph, Calloway County High School

Jordan Reddick, Carlisle County High School

Mallory Wilson, Carlisle County High School

Kole Wilson, Carlisle County High School

Blake Edwards, Fulton County High School

Charles Hayden Murphy, Fulton County High School

Sarah Lyell, Graves County High School

James “Jayce” Payne, Graves County High School

Micah Smith, Graves County High School

Elijah Armbruster, Hickman County High School

Karlie Smith, Hickman County High School

Trey Debes, Livingston Central High School

Robert Schmitt, Livingston Central High School

Kendyl Drennan, Marshall County High School

Savannah Fulgham, Marshall County High School

Allen Everett, McCracken County High School

Hannah Hatton, McCracken County High School

Savannah Henderson, McCracken County High School

Autumn Mehr, Murray High School

Arielle Evans, Trigg County High School

Cooper Long, Trigg County High School

Audrey Smith, Trigg County High School

 

Pennyrile Region

Shelby Lane, Caldwell County High School

Kylie York, Caldwell County High School

Lucas Gamble, Christian County High School

Fiona Knepper, Christian County High School

Carley Pendleton, Christian County High School

Savannah Rodgers, Christian County High School

Kenlee McDaniel, Crittenden County High School

Kylee James, Hopkins County Central High School

Keli Reynolds, Hopkins County Central High School

Keri Reynolds, Hopkins County Central High School

Karenna Chaudoin, Hopkinsville High School

Lexie Miller, Muhlenberg County High School

Austin Randolph, Muhlenberg County High School

Hayden Greenfield, Todd County Central High School

Julia Martin, Todd County Central High School

Lindy Taylor, Todd County Central High School

 

Green River Region

Emily Marsh, Henderson County High School

Luke Hawkins, Union County High School

Olivia Sprague, Union County High School

Hannah Thomas, Union County High School

Tara Blanford, Webster County High School

Katelyn Hensley, Webster County High School

Lily Martin, Webster County High School

 

The Hutson School of Agriculture created the awards program, which named its eighth crop of Stars this year, as a way to acknowledge FFA students in Murray State’s service area for their accomplishments. FFA advisors are also recognized each year for their service to their students and the FFA organization.

 “My FFA experience provided me a solid leadership background that has served me well throughout my career, and it is a pleasure to recognize outstanding young leaders pursuing the same experiences,” said Dr. Tony Brannon, dean of the Hutson School of Agriculture.

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