On Tuesday, March 28, the Lakeside Lutheran FFA Chapter held their third annual banquet with 106 people attending. For the 2016-17 school year, the Lakeside FFA grew from 37 members to 46.
Keynote speaker Garry Gard, a grain merchandiser from Didion Grain, spoke to the members, families, and guests about some of the 50 uses of field corn in their homes. He shared that 80,000 bushels of grain are milled in Cambria each day and shipped around the world for use in protein bars, grits, adhesives and ethanol.
The Lakeside FFA Alumni held its second annual live auction where an assortment of bird feeders, clothing, gift baskets and a rocking chair were auctioned. The total profit was $2,000; this year, $1,000 will be returned to senior FFA members who complete a scholarship application and plan to continue their education at tech schools or college.
Members received a variety of membership awards. Four-year member seniors include Brett Cichanofsky, Haley Kooiman, Mindy Meske, Hailey Stade and Nick Voigt. Stars Over the Chapter are Star Greenhand: Cole Schuster; Most Active Sophomore: Emily Meske; Most Active Junior: Jeremy Nehls; Star in Placement: Brett Cichanofsky; and Star FFA Member and Dekalb Agriculture Award: Nick Voigt.
Retiring officers received a laser engraved plaque. Proficiency winners were recognized based on their supervised agricultural experiences (paid and unpaid hours along with entrepreneurship investment). Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) winners were: Sheep: Nick Voigt; Equine (placement and entrepreneur): Melissa Melcher; Dairy Placement: Jeremy Nehls; Dairy Entrepreneurship: Karleen Battist; Food Service: Emily Meske; Goat Production: Tyler Degner; Poultry: Savannah Steffen; and Specialty Animal (bee hive): Benjamin Huebner. Many members were also awarded for their participation in speaking contests, career development events (judging), and top sales in the fruit sale.
The Warrior FFA also gave out three key awards to adults who partnered with the chapter. Steve Duwe was bestowed the Honorary FFA Degree, Kevin and Amy Voigt were awarded the Blue and Gold FFA Alumni award, and Cody Aiken was recognized as the Friend of Lakeside FFA in helping with the second annual corn test plot.