June 14, 2011
Duke Wilbanks, historian for the Gila County Pioneers, presents Payson High School Principal Kathe Ketchem with one of several checks, totaling $20,000, the group awarded to the high school and FFA in Payson and Young. Other members of the group look on from behind.
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A small group of men fueled by a dedication to keep the pioneer spirit alive in the Rim Country has donated almost $20,000 to FFA and a Payson High School education program. The Gila County Pioneers Committee doled out the contributions just prior to PHS graduation ceremonies. The PHS FFA sponsor and agriculture instructor Jaydee Garner received $5,000, PHS woodshop teacher Richard Alvarez received a check for $5,000 and Young Public School FFA sponsor Sue Wade was awarded $10,000.