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FFA Awards Night Held

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The Central Plains FFA Pork Loin Supper and Awards Night was held on Thursday, March 14th, 2019 in the high school commons. 

On the menu was pork medallions, cheesy potatoes, assorted salads, roll, and drink all catered by Lidderdale Country Store.  A variety of desserts were provided by the officer parents.

Our guest speaker was Deputy Secretary of Agriculture, Julie Kenney, of Story City, Iowa.  Her message was to highlight the importance of agriculture and the workforce that will be needed to maintain this industry.

Mr. Joel Lambert served as mc of the award session. 

Mr. Kehoe discussed the accomplishments of the chapter and recognized members who have been involved in FFA activities throughout the past year.  The chapter broke the record of number of members to receive their Iowa FFA Degrees.  The record was eight set back in 2008.  The following seniors will be conferred the Iowa Degree in April:  Samantha Alphs, Ben Carlson, Morgan Castenson, Payton Erritt, Ryan Jondle, Cassidy Lambert, Joel Lambert, Landon Pontius, Alex Pudenz, Hannah Rees, and Chad Stewart.  Mr. Kirk Johnson, Kathy Carlson, and Ms. Becca Vogel of Security Savings Bank were present to recognize the Iowa Degree recipients and provide them with a plaque and a $200.00 scholarship.

Benjamin Carlson was named a “Star in Iowa” finalist in the Star Farmer category.  Six members from across the state were finalized to be interviewed for this accomplishment.

The officer team announced the local chapter “Star” Awards.   The “Star Greenhand” Award went to Blake Peterson, the son of Patrick and Katie Peterson of Callender.   Ben Carlson, the son of Jim and Jennifer Carlson of Gowrie was named Star Chapter Farmer.  Chad Stewart, the son of Sean and Melinda Stewart of Dayton was awarded Star Agribusiness of the chapter.  The Star Chapter member in Placement was awarded to Joel Lambert, the son of Kevin and Sara Lambert.

The top three students in the fundraising sales (fruit and butter braids) were Morgan Castenson, Ben Carlson, and Carson Suchan (respectively).  All three were recognized and awarded for their efforts. 

The chapter was notified by the Iowa FFA Association that seven students would be recognized at the state leadership conference in the proficiency award ceremony.  Morgan Castenson was named the state winner in Diversified Horticulture.  The following students earned second place finishes in the following award areas:  Ag Mechanics-Ryan Jondle; Diversified Crop Production-Breyton Cline; Diversified Livestock-Ben Carlson; Forage Production-Carson Lambert; Home and Community Development-Allison Bethel; and Sheep Production-Hannah Rees.

Each year, over 5,000 FFA members and guests from across the state gather to learn about careers in the agriculture industry, compete for scholarships, volunteer in the community and shape the future of the Iowa FFA Association. The 91st Iowa FFA Leadership Conference will take place in Ames, Iowa on April 14-16th. Registration for the conference is $20 for advisors and members; $5 for guests.

Heartland Bank donated a quilt designed and sewn by Kelly Black.  Mr. Kevin Black and Tom Halligan represented Heartland Bank during the auction.  The winning ticket was held by Reagan Lemke, the daughter of Brad Lemke and Christine Lavender.

The 2018-19 retiring officer team are:  President- Joel Lambert, Dayton; Vice President – Morgan Castenson, Harcourt; Secretary-Samantha Alphs, Gowrie; Treasurer-Chad Stewart, Dayton; Reporter-Hannah Rees, Duncombe; Sentinel-Chloe Hicks, Gowrie; Chaplain-Alex Pudenz, Callender;  Historian-Cassidy Lambert, Lehigh, Parliamentarian-Ben Carlson, Gowrie; and Junior Advisor-Lincoln Miller, Harcourt.

The chapter appreciates all of the support given by parents, school administration, board of education, and staff, as well as community members and businesses throughout the school year.

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