The Pine Grove FFA held their Blue Jacket Presentation on Feb. 20, during National FFA Week. Joe Henthron, Northwest Region West Virginia Vice President, was a special guest of the event and spoke to the assembled student body about the day he received his iconic blue jacket. He said it represents, to him, hard work, dedication, accomplishment, and time spent with friends. "When I put this jacket on, I feel strong; I feel safe."
Students earned jackets by selling $500 worth of fruit, meat sticks, and ham.
Jacket recipients are pictured. Front row from left: Heather McDougal, Makayla Mellot, Sammie Yoho, Bailea Underwood, Rebeckah Barnette, Kailee Haught, Leanna Blake, Melanie Thomas. Back row: Jeff Brown, Logan Haught, Evan Harter, Wesley Shuman, Shane Hendershot, Matthew Throckmortan, Joe Mason. Not pictured: Jacob Ueltschy, Lathe Ueltschy, Kayla Bates, Pearle Sampson. (The students not wearing jackets had already received theirs and instead earned credits for other FFA merchandise.)
Many of the students will no doubt be wearing their jackets at the 46th Wetzel County Ham, Bacon, and Egg Show to be held Friday at the Mollohan Center located at the Wetzel County 4-H Grounds. Beginning at 7 p.m. free samples of ham and bacon will be served with the auction of 10 dozen eggs, 50 hams, and 50 bacons as well as scholarship items to begin at 7:30 p.m. The champion hams will be sold at 8 p.m., champion bacons at 8:30 p.m., champion eggs at 9 p.m., and scholarship ham and bacon at 9:15 p.m. (Photo by Amy Witschey)