Students from area high schools were honored at the Farmers Night celebration sponsored by the Kutztown Rotary Club on Feb. 6 at the Kutztown Grange Hall.
The Kutztown Rotary Club celebrated their February Students of the Month which honors one 12th grade student from each of Kutztown Area High School and Brandywine Heights Area High School, selected by school administrators each month throughout the school year based collectively on academic achievement, school participation, and community contributions.
In line with the Farmers Night celebration, February honorees are students with achievements in agriculture. Honored for February were Nicolas Fay for Brandywine Heights and Megan Dieter for Kutztown. In addition, Fleetwood Rotary Club honored Oliver Prout of Oley Valley High School.
Nicolas Fay is the son of John and Hannah Fay of Alburtis. Nicolas is currently a member of the National Honor Society and the Art Club, through which he participated in the Memory Project. Nicolas has also been a member of the PA Corriedale Association in grades 10-12 and Berks County 4-H Sheep Club in grades 9-12 where he has been Treasurer and Teen Leader. In addition, in the Berks County 4-H Sheep and Lamb Club where he is a 4-H Ambassador, Nicolas helped to set up the Reading and Kutztown Agricultural fairs, assisted with Fun-on-the-Farm at the Kutztown Fair and helped to improve facilities at the Berks County 4-H Community Center. Following graduation, Nicolas plans to continue his education focusing in agriculture.
Megan Dieter is the daughter of Darryl and Barbara Dieter of Kempton. Outside of her agriculture interests, Megan has participated in girl scouts since she was 6 years old and her church youth group since 9th grade and has been class secretary for her high school class for grades 10-12. Megan has been a 4-H club member since 7th grade and a member of the FFA from 9th grade. She has been FFA historian for grades 11 and 12, where she documents events for a year book competition which took 3rd place at the PA FFA convention and went on to 2nd place in a regional competition. Following high school, Megan is aiming to participate in a 2-year Professional Gardener program at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square.
The Fleetwood Rotary Club honored FFA member Oliver Prout of Prout’s Jollyview Farm in Oley. Through the FFA, Oliver has been very involved in projects on his family’s farm, public speaking, and community service. Oliver was FFA sentinel last year and is currently the vice president of his chapter. Recently, Oliver participated in FFA Career Development Events competition where he and members of the Milk Quality team took 2nd place overall and will advance to the Springfield Massachusetts event in September. Following graduation, Oliver plans to attend Penn State to study Agricultural Engineering.
In addition to these individuals, Kutztown Rotary Club invited and honored other FFA members to the Farmers Night celebration. Club members paid a special tribute to the FFA students because they are so important in emending the precarious future of agriculture.
In her address, featured guest Deputy Secretary Cheryl Cook of the PA Department of Agriculture emphasized the need to invest in the future generation of farming and also held a roundtable discussion with the students following dinner.