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New Sign To Honor Missouri FFA President Brady James

New Sign To Honor Missouri FFA President Brady James

By Echo Menges

Long time Knox County FFA supporter, Evelyn Ewalt, and proud
grandparent, Gail James, put their heads together at the beginning of this
school year with one goal in mind. They wanted to get a sign put up in front of
the school in honor of Brady James’ accomplishment of serving the Missouri
Future Farmers of America Chapter as President for the 2011-12 term. And they
wanted to get it done while James was still in office.

“It’s an Ag community and many times we get away from that,”
said Ewalt who’s late husband, Elden, was the Young Farmers and FFA Advisor at
Knox County High School for years. In fact Elden and Evelyn are household names
around Knox County having taught and inspired a large portion of today’s Knox
County farmers while they were still in high school.

“I was so proud of him because we had his mom and dad in
Young Farmers,” said Ewalt.

“Elden was mine and my husband’s Ag teacher when we were in
school,” said Brady’s mom, Anita James. “They didn’t have any kids of their
own, but they claimed us all. There wasn’t a kid in Knox County who didn’t know
Elden and Evelyn.

“Brady’s been all over the state of Missouri representing
us,” said Ewalt. “We’re just so proud of him. Proud that we know him and he’s
going to go even further.”

“He had no idea what we were up to,” said Brady’s grandma,
Gail James. “We kept the whole thing a secret.”

“They came to me and asked if we would approve putting a
sign up for Knox County FFA Chapter and to honor Brady James who’s President of
the state FFA chapter,” said KCR-I Superintendent Andy Turgeon. “Our Ag
teachers (Jessica Erwin and Ben Bradley) are the ones who worked to make it all

The group’s goal was realized and a sign was placed in front
of the Knox County High School facing west off Highway 6 on Friday, March 2,
2012, with a few months to spare during Brady’s term as Missouri FFA President.

“The sign was made Joe Story owner of Story Built in Adair
County,” said Knox County Ag teacher Jessica Erwin. “It’s a blue and yellow
painted steel sign that’s been cut with a computerized plasma cutter. Another
piece will be added to the other side pretty soon you people can see it from
both sides.”

A small dedication ceremony was held at the sign on
Saturday, March 3, 2012.

“I just want to thank everyone who’s worked on doing
this,” said Brady James, “It’s been such an amazing year.”