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Boyceville FFA bestows honors at 2014 Awards Night

BOYCEVILLE – The Boyceville Future Farmers of America chapter celebrated the culmination of another successful year recently, honoring the achievements and accomplishments of its members at the annual awards program.

The Boyceville chapter recognized many of its membership as well as community members and organizations involved with FFA at its 2014 Awards Night held Sunday evening, April 13 in the Boyceville High School commons.

This year’s featured speaker was State FFA Section Two officer Thomas Olson. He is a member of the Menomonie FFA Chapter.

One of the most prestigious and meaningful honors bestowed each year is that of Honorary Chapter FFA Degree. The award is given annually to a community member(s) or organization that has provided outstanding service to the Boyceville FFA chapter. This year Andy Cormican was selected as the 2013-14 Honorary Chapter Degree recipient.

The 99-member chapter recognized Cormican for his dedication, support, and willingness to assist the FFA members with their meat animal projects and has allowed students to use his facilities and expertise to raise steers that are shown at the Dunn County Fair. President Catelynn Clark presented Cormican with a plaque to commemorate the honor.

In addition, the Boyceville FFA recognized three of its own members with the chapter’s three highest awards.

The Star Greenhand, which honors the most active first-year member in all phases of chapter activities, was presented to Sam Retz. This young man has been very active with the Dunn County Fair, participated in the District Speaking Contest, and was a member of the Dairy Cattle Evaluation Team at the Ag Techniques Contest. In addition, Sam sold fruit and helped with the Community Service Leaf Raking Project.

Another deserving member was honored with this year’s Star Chapter FFA Degree plaque. Kevin Clark earned the Star Chapter FFA Degree, given annually to the most active and involved second-year member(s). Clark, who was last year’s Star Greenhand Award winner, has taken advantage of every opportunity to participate in a wide variety of chapter activities, according to president Catelynn Clark, who made the presentation. Kevin Clark served as an officer this past year. He also attended the World Dairy Expo, the rodeo, and was a member of the Dairy Cattle Evaluation Team that competed at UW-River Falls.

Advisor Glenn Knudtson presented the Outstanding Senior Award to a deserving young lady, Catelynn Clark, this year’s chapter president. The award, which is sponsored by DeKalb, is given to a fouth-year member who has demonstrated outstanding scholarship and leadership with significant dedication and achievement to agricultural programs. Knudtson cited Clark for her dedication to participation in virtually all of the chapter’s activities including the Sectional Leadership Workshop, the COPE Leadership program, and the Spider Lake Leadership Camp. She has been an active member and has helped with the fruit sale, showed livestock at the Dunn County Fair, assembled the Awards Night slideshow, and organized and helped on the chapter’s community service day.

Degree Winners

38 first-year FFA agricultural students earned Greenhand Degrees and bronze pins. They are: Harmony Allen, Kalie Anderson, Kylee Bird, Trey Brinker, Michael Chich, Elizabeth Cone, Shania Crane, Jeremy Deiman, Jake Diller, Chris Flettre, Aaron Giebel, Brandon Hakanson, Lucas Hulleman, Ben Hitz, Kayla Hoff, Abby Kegan, Reyse Klatt, Tyler Krueger, Alyssa Leslie, Abby Lorenz, Brandon Malean, Cassie Malean, Dante Marlett, Kyle Marlett, Shyanne Marlett, Brad Mounce, Jerod Nelson, Sam Retz, Madysn Riek, Carlee Schultz, Erica Sempf, Garrett Shaw, Tanner Sinz, Katie Swenson, Tristan Talmage, Robbie Thorson, Levi Williams, and Austin Wolfe.

To qualify for the Greenhand Award, members must be enrolled in an agricultural class, have a SAE program, know the history of the FFA and its creed, know the duties and responsibilities of a FFA member, and pass a written test. The bronze pins presented to each successful candidate bears the FFA emblem and represents hardness and endurance, qualities it is hoped will carry each member far in the FFA organization.

Chapter FFA Degrees were conferred upon 15 second-year members: Hunter Anderson, Caleb Arndt, Jenna Beyrer, Kevin Clark, Abbie Hayes, Sam Hellmann, Carrie Jenkins, Jake Lake, Mitchell Leach, Alex Lovett, Jordan Morse, Danielle Nelson, Cheyenne Reed, Justin Schultz, and Noah Wyss.

Recipients of the Chapter FFA Degree are required to have an active SAE project, have been a FFA member for two years, led a group discussion, and have participated in FFA activities. Chapter FFA Degree winners each received a silver pin and certificate.

Academic Distinction

Shayleigh Novotney and Jon Harnisch presented Chapter Scholarship Pins to those members who have maintained a grade point average of a “B” or better and have made the honor roll for two terms during the year. A number of members were recognized for having been previous recipients of a chapter Scholarship Pin as well as the current academic year. Those so honored were: Jenna Beyrer, Brooklynn Blaser, Catelynn Clark, Katarina Fuerstenberg, Bryor Hellmann, Kennedy Hellmann, Michaella Hillman, April Lake, Dylan Lamm, Abby Lorenz, Emma Lorenz, Danielle Nelson, Kayla Nelson, Shayleigh Novotney, and Kendall Wold.

First-time Scholarship Pin recipients included: Harmony Allen, Kallie Anderson, Shania Crane, Jeremy Deiman, Jonathan Harnisch, Kayla Hoff, Tyler Krueger, Alyssa Leslie, Cassie Malean, Shyanne Marlett, Jerod Nelson, Nikki Poach, Madysn Riek, Erica Sempf, Tanner Sinz, Katie Swenson, and Austin Wolfe.

Top Salespeople

Each year the local chapter has fundraising activities. This year the fundraiser was the chapter’s annual fruit sale. Proceeds from the fruit sales are used in a variety of ways including the purchase of awards for the program. The top salesperson award went to Michaella Hillman for the second year in a row, Brad Mounce was second, Madysn Riek finished third and Sam Retz was fourth.

Retiring Officers

Leadership pins were presented by advisor Glenn Knudtson to all the retiring officers: Catelynn Clark, President; Shayleigh Novotney, Vice President; Sarah Lee, Secretary; Katarina Fuerstenberg, Treasurer; Kevin Clark, Sentinel; Danielle Nelson, Reporter; and Jon Harnisch, Parliamentarian.

Proficiency Awards

There are several areas in which members may compete in the development of specialized skills in agriculture. These proficiency awards recognize individual members for their projects in the different areas.

Proficiency award winners in the various areas are: Cheyenne Reed, Entrepreneurship in Equine Science; Brad Mounce, Entrepreneurship in Agricultural Mechincal Technology; Catelynn Clark, Placement in Leadership; Sam Retz, Entrepreneurship in Diversified Livestock Production; Kylee Bird, Entrepreneurship in Beef Production; Shayleigh Novotney, Entrepreneurship in Poultry Production; and Kevin Clark, Entrepreneurship in Dairy Production.

Ag Contest Awards

Several members competed in contests throughout the year.

Boyceville had 45 students compete in this year’s district soil evaluation held last October in Dunn County. The top four local individuals were: Marvin Weinke (1st), Colten Johnson (2nd), Alyssa Leslie (3rd), and Katie Swenson (4th).

The Ag Techniques Contest at UW-River Falls drew several local participants. Dairy Cattle – Catelynn Clark (Good Rating), Kevin Clark (Good), Sam Retz (Good), and Jason Erickson (Credible); Ag Mechanics – Brad Mounce (Good), Robbie Thorson (Credible), and Levi Williams (Good).

Alumni Scholarships Awarded

The Boyceville FFA Alumni awarded five seniors with $250 scholarships, the proceeds of which were raised through the annual consignment auction. Frank Retz, representing the alumni association, announced that the scholarship recipients were Catelynn Clark, Jason Erickson, April Lake, Emma Lorenz, and Shayleigh Novotney.

New Officers

The installation of the new officers for the upcoming year concluded the ceremony. The 2014-15 officers are: President-Jake Erickson; Vice President-Kevin Clark; Secretary-Kendall Wold; Treasurer-Kayla Nelson; Sentinel-Cheyenne Reed; Reporter-Brooklynn Blaser; and Parliamentarian-Sam Retz.