DANVILLE — Danville Area High School Principal Chris Johns was recognized at the annual Danville FFA banquet.

Johns received a surprise award of Honorary Chapter Degree. Kelly Smith Wells, who serves as FFA adviser along with Mike Shultz, said the award is given to a community member who has contributed to the success of the FFA program. 

About 150 people attended the event that also included installation of officers for 2018-2019.

Senior Ethan Benjamin, president during 2017-18, welcomed those who supported the FFA.

State FFA President Nathan Moyer told those attending the banquet that as with books, people should not be judged by their covers,.

He said he once saw a girl who appeared normal on the outside and had a dog with her. But when he heard the rest of her story, he found out she hadn’t had the best home life — her mother and stepdad had verbally and mentally abused her, so she moved from Kentucky to Pennsylvania to live with her dad, who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder following serving with the military.

The dog was her dad’s service dog, Moyer, of Selinsgrove, said at Thursday night’s gathering in the Danville Middle School. 

“We don’t know the sorrow, pain, happiness or joy” of others he said. He told the audience to remember to treat everyone with respect “and take time to open their book.”

An Eagle Scout, Moyer, who graduated in 2017, will study agriculture and extension education at Penn State.  

Other officers for 2017-2018 are Kiera Fahey, vice president; Dylan Spotts, secretary; Shantel Wintersteen, treasurer; Julia Long, reporter; Morgan Clemens, sentinel, and Breyann Johnson, chaplain.

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