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Lakeland FFA Chapter Banquet
By Michaela Carroll
On Friday May 3, the Lakeland FFA chapter held their 56th annual chapter banquet. Chapter members were recognized for their achievements through the course of the year.
The banquet started with the invocation from Chaplain Caiden Wilkins.
Vice President Andy Lysinger then thanked the following local business and community members for their support: FFA Alumni, Bernard Associates, Hawthorn Bank, First National Bank, Farmers Elevator & Supply, Community First Bank, St. Clair County State Bank, Mid-Missouri Bank, Keith Carmichael, Miller Seed Company, Cochran Bookkeeping & Tax Service, Jim & Sheila Smith, FFA Officer Parents, Mr. Towne, Dr. Ritter, Lawanna Salmon, Michelle Dunning Carrie Lasswell, Board of Education, Greens Welding, St. Clair County Farm Bureau, Jim Falk Motors, Hankins Grain Company, Merschman Seeds, Inc. Lucas Oil Speedway, Pro-Tech Refrigeration LLC, Wal-mart, Kreisler Drug Store, Inc. Deems Equipment, Carl Pearcy.
Keith Carmichael was presented the Honorary Chapter FFA Degree by the officer team.
First year member were presented with the Greenhand FFA Degree. The Greenhand Degree recipients are Chelsea Barnett, Seth Bourland, Maggie Cambers Michaela Carroll, Cheyenne Duffy, Quention Dugan, Miranda Foreman Johnathan Foster Noah Moree, Brady Munsterman, Shelby Neuenschwander, Earl Stackhouse, and Steven Stoneking.
Second year members were awarded the highest degree a chapter can bestow upon its members, the Chapter Degree. This year’s Chapter Degree recipients are Jared Bents, Taylor Brown, Krista Casey, Steven Casey, Gable Dull Dakota Dunning, Tanner Haines, Hali Hamblin, Caelyn Hilty, Bailey Inman, Halie Kalberloh, Charles Kelgard, Meghan Langston, Aria Mahurin, Sheridan Rohaus, Rocky Sell, Christopher Smith, MaKayla Tucker, Colton Wilkens, and Casey Winter.
The 2013 State Degree recipients are Andy Lysinger, Holley Nichols, and Hannah Osborn. The 2012 American Degree recipients are Schaelyn Blevins and Benjamin Rodabaugh.
Thomas Haines then presented the Chapter Star Awards. The Star Greenhand Award was presented to Michaela Carroll. The Star Chapter Farmer and Star Chapter in Agri-Business were awarded to Holley Nichols. Thomas Haines received the Star in Ag-Placement. The DeKalb Award was given to Holley Nichols. This year Andy Lysinger received the Area Star Farmer for Area 7.
Andy Lysinger announced the six members who will attend the Washington Leadership Conference this summer. Bailey Inman, Makayla Tucker, Krista Casey, Dakota Dunning, Caelyn Hilty, and Sheridan Rohaus will attend WLC.
Twelve members will get to attend National Convention in the fall at Louisville Kentucky. The following members will attend Autumn Hehner, Savannah Chiles, Krista Casey, Sheridan Rohaus, Caelyn Hilty, Bailey Inman, Michaela Carroll, Dakota Dunning, Tanner Haines, and Melinda Foreman. Two first year members that will be named next fall will also attend.
There were four scholarships awarded this year to graduating members. Thomas Haines and Chloe Rybacki were both awarded a one-hundred dollar scholarship. Holley Nichols and Andy Lysinger were both awarded a two-hundred dollar scholarship.
The 2012-2013 officer team then installed the new officers for the 2013-2014 school year. Melinda Foreman was installed as Parliamentarian. Dakota Dunning was installed as Chaplain. Bailey Inman was installed as Historian. Caiden Wilkens was installed as Sentinel. Michaela Carroll was installed as Reporter. Dalton Dull was installed as Treasurer. Sheridan Rohaus was installed as Secretary. Savanna Chiles was installed as Vice President. Autumn Hehner was installed as President.
The Lakeland FFA Chapter would like to thank the school administration and community for their support this year.
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