New FFA members recognized at Green Hand award ceremony


courtesy of Taylor Carbaugh

(from left to right) Nancy Doll,Shea Cencula, Marcus Dye, Teia Lutman, Hanna Lindsey, Zachary Mills, Patricia Beachy, Thomas Hawthorne

by Peyton Johnson, Editor

On September 15, many new FFA members in Frederick County were recognized at the Green Hand award ceremony in the Dairy Cattle ring at the Great Frederick Fair. Students are given the certificate that then gives them the opportunity to earn the Green Hand pin. They will be given the pin to put on their jackets at the end of the year or at the beginning of the next year.

Traitionally on a farm, when someone new is hired, they are considered at “green hand,” a helper who is new.  This event is considered a welcoming ceremony.

In order for a student to earn the Green Hand pin,  they must complete requirements. The members must be enrolled in an agriculture class and have plans for a future in AEP (Agriculture Experience Program).

The members wanting to earn the pin also have to learn the basics of what it means to be in FFA. They need to know some of the history behind FFA, have access to the FFA manual, and submit a written application for the pin.

The guest speaker at the Green Hand ceremony this year was FFA alumni member, and a former Linganore student, Mark Spurrier, the manager of Cunningham Falls and Gambrills State Park. He spoke on the importance of being involved in FFA and how it can help prepare students for future careers. 

FFA Adviser Patricia Beachy said, “It is a great opportunity to introduce FFA to new members and get them involved.” 

Shea Cencula was recognized at this ceremony and received her pin that she earned last year. 

The Linganore students who received the Green Hand degree were Hannah Lindsey, Zachary Mills, Marcus Dye and Teia Lutman.