The 2014-2015 FFA Banquet was held in the SGHS gym on May 5th. The purpose of the banquet is to honor and recognize FFA members for their accomplishments throughout the year. Brian Engle donated some of the food for the banquet, and Senator Taylor Brown was the guest keynote speaker for the event. Awards given to members included Chapter High Point Individual Career Development Awards, the Dekalb Award, Alumni Scholarships, State FFA Degree, Chapter FFA Degree, Greenhand FFA Degree, Proficiency Awards, and Honorary Chapter Degrees.
Members who received Chapter High Point Individual CDE awards included Kelli Mack for Senior Agronomy, Carter Brownlee for Greenhand Agronomy and Greenhand Sales and Service, Madilyn Emter for Creed, Carlie Rembold for Extemporaneous Speaking and Meats Judging, Payson Lippert for Farm Business Management, JoDee Flemming for Horse Judging and Greenhand Meats Judging, Kate Indreland for Senior Livestock, Bailey Veteto for Greenhand Livestock, Kalvin Kunda for Senior Mechanics, Cole Lunceford for Greenhand Mechanics, Brent Beley for Sales and Service, and Destan Miller for Forestry.
The Dekalb Award, was presented to Brent Beley for his dedication to the FFA. The Dekalb Award is given to high school seniors with a superior record of scholarship, leadership, and agricultural work experience. An Alumni Scholarship was awarded to Rachel Glavin for her hard work throughout FFA.
State FFA Degree recipients were then recognized for their accomplishment. Seniors apply for this award and must meet certain criteria to receive this award. The award was given to the recipients at the 2015 State Convention, however this honor did not go unnoticed at the banquet, and they were recognized by the chapter. Members who received their State Degree included Brent Beley, Carlie Rembold, Kalvin Kunda, Destan Miller, Makalee Klein, Jakob Ronneberg, Riley Horigan, and Rachel Glavin.
Another degree awarded was the Chapter FFA Degree, this is given to members who have been active in their Supervised Agricultural Experience, demonstrated leadership skills, exhibited scholastic dedication, and have previously gained their Greenhand FFA Degree. This years recipients were Mesa King, Kate Indreland, Mckenzie Freeman, Martje Plaggemeyer, Hunter Glavin, Kaylyn Bodily, and Jess Moody.
The last degree of the evening was the Greenhand FFA Degrees. This award is given to members who have completed their first year of FFA. They must be able to demonstrate knowledge of FFA history, the FFA creed, the motto, salute, and other general FFA information. This years recipients were Cole Lunceford, Madilyn Emter, Dylan Laverell, Bridger Perret, Marissa Morgan, Carter Brownlee, JoDee Flemming, Reilly Lannen, and Bailey Veteto.
Casey Lunceford, chapter advisor, then awarded three students with Proficiency Awards, Proficiency Awards demonstrate excellence in a members SAE, this award can be given for either placement or entrepreneurship proficiency. The members who received this award were Makalee Klein for AG Design and Fabrication, Carlie Rembold for AG Mechanics Repair and Maintenance, and Riley Horigan for AG Sales and Placement.
Honorary Chapter Degrees were then awarded to people who have provided continuous support and dedication to the Big Timber FFA. These new members are helping to advance agricultural education and the FFA, they have rendered incredible service, and were elected to honorary membership by a majority vote of the chapter. This year’s Honorary Chapter Degrees were awarded to Adam Heggelund, Kari Blaylock, Gabby Perkins, Erin Becker, Cindy and Mike Glavin, Kevin and Connie Kunda, Brian Horigan, Brenda Baumgardner and Randy Rembold, Travis Klein, and Jennifer Rue.
After the awards portion of the banquet, the introduction of retiring senior officers commenced. The retiring senior officers included Chapter President, Brent Beley, Chapter Reporter, Riley Horigan, Chapter Sentinel, Rachel Glavin, and Chapter Parliamentarian Carlie Rembold.
Mr. Mattheis then introduced the new officer team for the 2015-2016 year. The new officer team includes Cole Lunceford as Parliamentarian, Carter Brownlee as Sentinel, Caitlyn Corso as Reporter, Kelli Mack as Treasurer, Madilyn Emter as Secretary, Kate Indreland as Vice President, and Holly Emter as President. The retiring officer team delegated their duties to their successors and the new office team took their place at the head table.
To end the banquet there was a photo slideshow with contest highlights and memories from the past year. This was followed by a pie and officer team auction. The meeting was then adjourned by new Chapter President, Holly Emter. The Chapter and new officer team are looking forward to what the next year has in store for them.