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2018 FFA Annual Banquet

By Rice, Danny

April 19, 2018

MdCV FFA Celebrates Year With Annual Banquet

Written By: Grace Bradley

On Thursday April 12, 2018 the Marais des Cygnes Valley FFA Chapter hosted their annual chapter banquet at the Melvern Community Center. Chapter Treasurer Kali Holt opened the banquet with the invocation which was then followed by the yearly potluck dinner.

This year’s president, Josey Weimer, spoke on behalf of the chapter in welcoming everyone to the banquet and thanking the chapter for a year full of achievements and plenty of activities that kept the MdCV chapter busy. Chloe Volkman, MdCV FFA secretary,  introduced this year’s guest speaker, Sharon Thielen, an MdCV graduate and former FFA member. Sharon spoke about how FFA played a major role in influencing the career path she chose to take on and how the lessons she learned through FFA were lessons she will continue to pass on. Sharon’s message not only spoke to the FFA kids in the room but it spoke to the adults in the room as well. Her main lesson to the crowd was, “To never skip a step.” Meaning, do not just jump to the good parts of life, take every step, even the tough ones.

The banquet gives chapter advisor, Danny Rice, a chance every to recognize the personal achievements of the FFA students. Each year, several scholarships are awarded to senior members. For the class of 2018, senior Jevan Gregg received the Hometown Agriculture Scholarship. The Don Lichtenauer Family Scholarship was awarded to Dalton Hook, who also received the Marais des Cygnes Valley FFA Scholarship. Josey Weimer and Kali Holt both received the Marais des Cygnes Valley FFA Scholarship as well. Two other scholarships were also awarded to three sophomores who will be attending the Washington Leadership Conference in June that is held in Washington DC, Bayleigh Lacey and Grace Bradley were awarded the Lehning Scholarship. Receiving the Casten Memorial Scholarship was Kaelin Criqui.


Over the course of the year the students get a chance to accumulate points by participating in activities for the sweepstakes award, this year the top five winners were, Kali Holt, Bayleigh Lacey, Chloe Volkman, Kaelin Criqui, and Josey Weimer. For the Greenhands the winners were, Colby Vogeler, Izzy Toman, and Sadie McGowin. The Proficiency Award winners for this school year were Dalton Hook in Beef Production, Josey Weimer in Outdoor Recreation, and Kali Holt in Veterinary Science. Each year two Star Greenhands are chosen for the integrity and work they put into excelling in the FFA program, this year Sadie McGowin and Izzy Toman were chosen as the chapter’s star greenhands. One of the highest honors in the Kansas FFA Association is the State Degree. Only 3% of the state’s membership are awarded this honor. Three MdCV FFA members were recognized for their outstanding involvement in the FFA. Those members are: Josey Weimer, Dalton Hook and Kali Holt.


Closing the night was the announcement of the 2018-2019 officer team. Each student went through the same process which included an application, test, and interview. The former officers each announced who would be replacing them in the next school year and each new officer was inducted into their new position. The newly elected officers are: Koby Vanderpool, student council representative, Frank Warner, historian, Alaina Marsh, sentinel, Grace Bradley, reporter, Bayleigh Lacey, treasurer, Kathryn Vaught, secretary, Brookelyn Janssen, vice president, and serving the FFA chapter as the 2018-2019 president is Chloe Volkman. The new officer team was given the opportunity to close the banquet and are all incredibly excited to get to planning for next year!


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