Eight of the top students in Ag chapters across Pottawatomie County were honored Monday night with the 2011 Gordon Richards FFA Award.

Eight of the top students in Ag chapters across Pottawatomie County were honored Monday night with the 2011 Gordon Richards FFA Award.
The top students from the eight FFA chapters, including Shawnee, McLoud, Bethel, Dale, Wanette, Asher, Macomb and Tecumseh were recognized for their accomplishments. Richards Drug Store sponsors the banquet held annually at the Heart of Oklahoma Exposition Center.
This is the 66th consecutive year for the awards banquet founded by the late Gordon Richards, Sr., and the late Otto Krausse. Richards was a local pharmacist and renowned civic leader in the community. Krausse was a longtime Shawnee Ag advisor.
Gordon Richards, Jr., who is the son of one of the founders, and is a partner in Richards Drug Store which sponsors the annual awards, pointed out that the event, which began in 1946, pre-dates the start of the National FFA Week, which originated in 1947, by one year.
Karl Kozel, who, in 1946, was among the first students to win this award, once again attended Monday night’s banquet.
Fred Gouker, who also is a partner in Richards Drug Store, and longtime civic leader himself,  is one of the honorees for this year’s Pottawatomie County Junior Livestock Show.
Dr. Scott Stewart, who was a member of the Bethel FFA chapter during his high school career, and who won a national FFA speech title, addressed the recipients and other attendees Monday night. Dr. Stewart has a medical practice in Shawnee.


The eight students who were honored Monday night include:

Lindsey Underwood
Lindsey Underwood, 18-year-old senior at Tecumseh High School, is Tecumseh’s recipient. She is the daughter of Tim and Robin Underwood, and the granddaughter of Linda and Charles Blunt and Lura Underwood. She has a younger sister, Lacie Underwood, a freshman at Tecumseh High School.
Lindsey is a member of National Honor Society, Beta Club, and the Tecumseh FFA Chapter. She has been an active member of NHS and Beta Club for two years, and FFA for four years. In all three organizations, she has been involved in several community service projects and activities.
She has been an officer in her local FFA Chapter for the past three years, and currently is serving as Chapter President this year. Her Supervised Agricultural Experience consists of raising and exhibiting swine. She has exhibited swine for six years and has competed on local, county, state, and national levels. Her Career Development Event consists of competing in the prepared public speaking and in livestock judging. She has participated in both for four years and has competed on the county and state levels.
In her speaking career, she has qualified for the state American Farmers and Ranchers Contest three years and was a state winner this year. Upon graduation from high school, she plans to attend Oklahoma State University to receive a Bachelor’s Degree in Agricultural Business.

Megan Hogan
Megan Hogan is Macomb’s recipient of the Gordon Richards Award. She has been engaged in livestock showing, judging and barrel racing for the past eight years. She says “these things are my passion. I love to compete and be part of a team in the FFA. This award is a great honor because my grandpa, uncle and cousin have received the Richards Drug award while at Macomb.”
Megan has a 3.6 GPA and is concurrently enrolled in a college credit while completing her junior year.
This is her second year to be an officer and currently she is the Macomb FFA President. She plans on receiving her State FFA Degree next year and going to college, majoring in an Agriculture field at OSU.

Lindsey Burris
Lindsey Burris is Dale’s recipient. She is a senior and serving as the 2010-2011 Dale FFA President. She is the daughter of Steve and Kathy Burris. She’s active in cattle and swine showing, livestock judging, speech contests, and many other FFA activities. After graduating she plans on attending Redlands Community College then going on to attend Oklahoma State University to major in Agribusiness.
Her sophomore year she was the Reporter for her FFA chapter and her junior year she served as vice president. She’s been involved in FFA since she was in the eighth grade, although Lindsey says “I’ve been around it all my life because my dad was an advisor for seven years.”
She’s involved in National Honor Society and goes to New Hope Cowboy ministries in Mcloud. She says she does a lot of community service work.
She also was involved in winning the state championship on last year’s basketball team and has been involved in basketball since her eighth grade year.

Brandon Vicknair
Mcloud’s winner is Brandon Vicknair, son of Mark an Terri Vicknair. He has served three years an FFA officer. He has attended the Made for Excellent and Advanced Leadership conferences and State FFA conventions. His S.A.E projects include goats, sheep, and swine.
Brandon has showed on the local, county and state levels with his animals. He has won several showmanship contests with his goats. Brandon has applied for the State FFA degree this year. Future plans for Brandon is to attend Oklahoma State University and major in veterinary medicine,

Jaimee Herskind
The recipient for the Richards Award for Shawnee FFA is Jaimee Herskind. Jaimee has been in FFA since her freshman year and is currently a junior. She is president of her FFA chapter and shows swine and cattle. Jaimee’s FFA instructor is Mark Streber. Jaimee also rides horses for pleasure and is in training to barrel race.
Jaimee is the daughter of John and Amanda Medley and has one sister who is 5 years old. She takes all advanced placement classes and has a 3.5 GPA. She plays golf, volleyball, swims and plans to cheer and play softball this coming fall.
Jaimee is interested in becoming a veterinarian and plans to attend Oklahoma State University. Her plans include majoring as an equine specialist but working with all animals. Jaimee works part-time at Shawnee Animal Hospital as a volunteer.

Lindsay Reid
Lindsay Reid, a senior, is the Bethel chapter’s recipient of the 2011 Richard’s Drug Award. She has been a key asset to the Bethel FFA chapter over the past several years, serving as a chapter officer and serving as chapter FFA President for the past two years. Over the years, Lindsay has attended numerous leadership camps and conferences throughout the nation and has brought back the skills she has learned to help improve the quality of the overall chapter.
Lindsay has been recognized numerous times throughout the years for her talents and skills. Some of her major accomplishments are: WLC Scholarship, State Proficiency finalist, two time State Qualifying public speaker, and numerous livestock judging, and public speaking awards. This year she will receive her State FFA Degree, has been nominated as a Central District Star Farmer candidate, and she will receive career passports in four areas.
With all of her FFA activities, Lindsay has been able to maintain outstanding grades and has volunteered many hours of community service helping her chapter lead the state in the National FFA Million Hour Challenge. Lindsay has also maintained a strong and well recognized SAE raising and exhibiting sheep and swine and has an agribusiness involving honey production.
Lindsay has signed a letter of intent to judge livestock at NEO Junior College where she will be majoring in Agricultural Education.

Tana Middleton
Tana Middleton is this year’s Gordon Richards FFA award winner representing the Wanette FFA chapter. She has been a chapter officer all four years. She says over those four years she has shown cattle and pigs.
This year she is serving as Wanette’s FFA Vice President. She also is serving as Wanette’s BPA and Student Council Vice President. Tana plays basketball and softball.
Last year in basketball she was selected for the Pott. County All-Star basketball team, and in Slow Pitch she was selected for the All-Tournament team. She plans on attending ECU to become a second grade teacher and high school girls’ basketball and softball coach.

PJ. Sisco

P. J. Sisco, Asher’s recipient, was unable to attend because he reportedly had knee surgery on Monday.