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Highland FFA held its first annual Parent-Member Banquet July 31 in the Steinbeck Conference Hall at Marr Park.
Eleven members, their families and FFA supporters joined to recognize this year’s achievements.
Chapter President James Colbert welcomed attendees, and an invocation was given by Sentinel Thomas Rittenmeyer.
The opening ceremony was performed by chapter officers. A potluck meal was served featuring pork loin prepared by Vice President Bryce Waters.
Highland FFA honored members of the community who have supported the chapter with the honorary chapter degree.
This year’s recipients were Brian Wood from Vision Ag, for his contributions with the FFA land lab; Highland Principal Angela Hazelett, for her support and patience in getting the FFA chapter off the ground; and Superintendent Mike Jorgensen, who was instrumental in starting the program and his support of agricultural education.
The chapter welcomed new co-advisor Cassi Montandon, who said she is excited to start the new year and looking forward to working with chapter members.
Current FFA advisor Duane Van Winkle expressed his gratitude for the support the program has received from the administration, parents and community in starting a new Agricultural Education Department and FFA chapter.
The Star Greenhand is awarded to Isaac Black. The award goes to the student who has risen to the top of his or her class and excelled in leadership, citizenship and developed a strong work ethic.
Colbert was honored as Dekalb Agricultural Achievement Award recipient.
Highland FFA members were presented with certificates for excellence in their participation in leadership FFA activities. A slide show presentation, prepared by co-reporters Ellie Anderson and Jenna Sands, documented the year’s activities.
The conclusion of the banquet was the installation of the 2018-19 Highland FFA officers: President John “Jack” Baker, Vice President Bryce Waters, Secretary Taylor Sublette, Treasurer Ellie Anderson, co-reporters Jenna Sands and Madison Thomann and Sentinel Isaac Black.