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Colfax FFA members recognized at annual banquet

by Marlys Kruger

COLFAX — Members of the Colfax High School FFA and members of the community received awards for various accomplishments during the annual banquet held April 1 in the high school cafeteria. Presiding over the ceremony were FFA officers President Ben Christianson, Vice President Haley Flug, Secretary Scot Schmock, Treasurer Abby Schotter, Sentinel Jared Taylor and Parliamentarian Jezz Tweed. Reporter Hunter Leiffort was absent due to illness.

An introduction of guests was presented by Schmock which included school principals John Dachel and Trevor Hovde, school board members Jodi Kiekhafer and Ken Bjork, and your local Messenger reporter. State FFA Vice President Maggie Larson was scheduled to attend but had transportation difficulties and couldn’t make it.

Greenhand Degree pins were presented to members who completed one year of membership. Those included: Jesse Anderson, Amanda Christianson, Laney Cross, Jack Edwards, Alex Hayes, Cole Hill, Mikaela Leibfried, Andrew Harmon, Mason Harmon, Angela Michaels, Faith LaNou, Zach Meyer, Andrea Scharlau, Andrew Yolitz, Carie Dworak, Kaylynn Olson, Jarrod Rudi, Richard Stehling, Alex Sykora, Sam McCoy, Annie Sonnentag.

FFA members who completed at least two years of membership received their Chapter FFA  Degree pins. These members were: Erin Nellessen, Bryce Kragness, Brielle Bjork, Brad Foyt, Carly Richardson, Abby Schotter, Abby Suvada, Tucker Teige, Jezz Tweed, Tiernee Knutson, Joe Verdon, Eden Logslett, Darrion Jenson. Three or more year members include Hunter Lieffort, Jared Taylor, B. Christianson, Brett Johnson, Dakota Homann, Flug, Katie Edwards, Kristi Hagen, Rachel Sykora, Riley Rice, Ross Taylor, Sarah Scharlau, Schmock, Heidi Lieffort, Jared Longdo, Rhett Kragness, Tyler Knutson.

Bjork, J. Taylor and Suvada were recognized for taking eighth place in the dairy cattle evaluation contest held at World Dairy Expo in Madison last fall. The team placed eighth out of 140 schools with Bjork 13th as an individual.

Members who attended the Section 2 Leadership Workshop last fall were Flug, J. Taylor, Schmock, J. Edwards and Hill. Placing second as a team in the Dunn-Pepin County Land Judging  contest held near Durand were Logslett (second individually), Homann (third), R. Taylor (fifth), Suvada and Bjork (tie 13th).

Attending the National FFA convention in Louisville, KY were Teige, J. Taylor, Kristi Hagen, Bjork, Foyt, Flug and Suvada.

Six members competed in the Parliamentary Procedure division at the District Speaking contest including A. Christianson, B. Christianson, Schotter, Tweed, Hunter Lieffort and Nellessen. Tweed and Schotter also attended the mid-year Leadership Conference in Stevens Point. 17 members competed in five different contests at the UW-River Falls Ag Technology contest March 28. Recognized for their participation in the Ag Mechanics Division were Homann and Hill, Dairy Evaluation, Bjork, J. Taylor and Suvada, and Veterinary Science, Schotter and Tweed. (Schotter was 10th as an individual). In addition, J. Edwards (12th), B. Kragness (37th) and B. Christianson (42nd) placed sixth as a team out of 34 teams in Livestock Judging which earns them a trip to the state competition later this month while Teige (third), R. Taylor (ninth) and Meyer (76th) won the Wildlife Division against 28 other teams and will also advance to state.

During the yearly trip to the bowling alley, Flug was the top scorer for the girls in the friendly competition while Johnson was the leader for the boys. Top fruit salesman for the club were Anderson, first, Jenson, second and J. Edwards, third.

Star Chapter Degrees given to members who have completed at least three years with the club were presented to Schmock for Agriscience and Sykora for Farmer. Earning the Star Greenhand award for a first year member who was very active in the club was J. Edwards. The DeKalb Leadership award was given to Schmock for his leadership and dedication to the club and the Honorary Chapter FFA Degree was presented to Colfax School District food service workers Teri Knutson and Tina Rothbauer for their outstanding service and assistance to the club throughout the years.

Joel Hilson, representing the FFA Alumni, acknowledged Woods Run for their involvement with the FFA while Alaine Sonnenberg was honored with the Larry Osterberg award. $500 scholarships to further their education from the alumni were presented to Schmock and Sykora.

Second year FFA advisor John Nelson gave the closing comments and the officers ended the ceremony by thanking all the parents who have dedicated so much time and help to the organization.