Marion FFA distributes awards at banquet

More than 150 members and guests attended the Marion-Florence FFA parent/member/employer banquet April 26 in the high school cafeteria. Members were recognized for their activities during the year and were presented numerous awards.

Elizabeth Meyer was recognized as the Star Chapter Farmer and Devin Soyez as the Star Chapter Greenhand.

Proficiency awards

Other award winners included these chapter proficiency award winners:

• Diversified crop production (placement division), Nicholas Stuchlik;

• Beef production (entrepreneurship division), Cade Harms;

• Goat production (entrepreneurship), Aidan Cairns;

• Outdoor recreation (place­ment), Krisde Robin­son;

• Turf grass management (entrepreneurship), Riley Hake;

• Forage production (entrepreneurship), Antone Vin­duska;

• Ag mechanics design and fabrication (placement), Jarret McLinden;

• Small animal production and care (entrepreneurship) Kaitlyn Goebel;

• Agricultural sales (entre­­preneurship), Kaitlyn Goebel;

• Agricultural sales (placement), Carley Staple­ford;

• Agriculture services (entrepreneurship), Jeremy Hett;

• Diversified livestock production (entrepreneurship), Elizabeth Meyer;

• Sheep production (entrepreneurship), Eliza­beth Meyer;

• Swine production (entrepreneurship), Cody Parmley;

• Diversified horticulture (placement), Carley Staple­ford;

• Veterinary science (place­ment), Alli Hett.

Special awards

The following special awards were presented:

• Chapter Sweepstakes: 1. Carley Stapleford, 2. Aidan Cairns, 3. Elizabeth Meyer.

• Star Chapter Green­hand: Devin Soyez.

• Star Chapter Farmer: Elizabeth Meyer.

Chapter officers selected for 2016-17 are: president, Cade Harms; reporter, Antone Vinduska; vice president, Aidan Cairns; treasurer, Kaitlyn Goebel; secre­tary, Carley Stapleford; sentinel, Ezra Darnall; parliamentarian, Devin Soyez.

The chapter presented appreciation certificates to Straub International, Prai­rieland Partners Inc., Kim Harms, Hillsboro Indus­tries, Don Molleker, Lee Leiker, Pat Ash, Tod Gor­don, Alan Hett and Gam­bino’s Pizza for their assistance during the year.

Gabryelle Gilliam, the current state FFA sentinel, was the banquet speaker. The chapter presented a slideshow of the year’s highlights after the meal.