The 2016 FFA Banquet held Tuesday, Mar. 15, was a celebration of a successful year for the L-S FFA Chapter and a look ahead at a bright future. Forty-four FFA members, their families, and special guests attended the evening, which included a meal featuring pork loin prepared by Dan Cross and a buffet of side dishes made by Gelene Evans’ Foods II class. FFA members served the meal to the guests before enjoying a short program.
This year’s Honorary Chapter Degree was given to Vernon Vanden Hoek. According to Brian Lowry, L-S FFA Advisor and agriculture teacher, Vanden Hoek is a long-time supporter of the L-S FFA and has served the chapter in numerous ways, from volunteering to drive bus to the Farm Progress Show and serving as a chaperone in years past, to donating materials for FFA use.
FFA members shared highlights from the year, including another successful Ag Day for L-S fifth graders, a profitable Land Lab harvest, nearly $5,700 raised through the annual fruit sales fundraiser, and the recent completion of FFA Week. Two FFA members, Marissa Vos and McKinley Conover, will represent the L-S FFA Chapter at the State Leadership Conference on Apr. 18. The group also has spring planting to look forward to and plan for.
Lowry commented on the year’s success and recognized several students given special awards: Ty Breeden – Star Greenhand; Kole Kinion – Star Chapter Farmer; Kaylee Van Maanen – Star Chapter Placement, and Marissa Vos – DeKalb Leadership Award.
Lowry thanked the current officers for their leadership before the installation of the 2016-2017 FFA officers. Officers leading the charge for the 2015-2016 school year were Kobe Fisk, president; Marissa Vos, vice president; McKinley Conover, secretary; Garrett Cordes, treasurer; Libbie Vos, reporter; and Haley Breeden, sentinel.
The new FFA officer team will consist of Libbie Vos, president; Haley Breeden, vice president; Mariah Vos, secretary; Daphne Hackert, treasurer; McKinley Conover, reporter; and Dylan Roozeboom, sentinel.