Mead FFA Chapter Holds Annual Banquet
The Mead FFA Chapter recently held its annual banquet on Thursday, May 3, 2018 to honor members for their achievements throughout the year and to thank supporters. The evening began with opening ceremonies and a welcome to guests. Mr. Matt Mueller then reflected on his daughter’s, Miranda, year as president. During the meal break, a slideshow of this year’s activities was shown made by Cassie Tweedy. Following the meal, The Mead FFA Alumni awarded scholarships to Miranda Mueller, Mckenna Holloway, and Ana Leise. Following the scholarship presentations, Dale Nygren was awarded the Mead FFA Alumni Foundation Award, for making the ag shop a movable Oxy-Acetylene welding table. Next, Hailey Coufal had a presentation about her year of being a 2017-2018 state officer and how it was all worth going for. Finally, Mr. Blomendahl, the chapter advisor, presented top award winners from this year’s contests and chapter activities.
The chapter also honored businesses and individuals for supporting them throughout the year. They were: Abby Miller, Jack Munter, Emily Hanson, The Olmstead Family, Wayne Petersen, Heidi Couch, Melissa Konecky, Cody Sweeter, Megan Nygren, Shane Greise, Brad Nygren, Jamie Nygren, Joe Baldassare, Jay and Jenna Hanson, Dale Nygren, Jake Mayer, Maybell Tweedy, Vern Taylor, and Don Fick.
The Chapter honored school faculty and members of the school board. The Faculty members: Kris Schutt, Shelly Kruse, Mr. PJ Quinn, Dr. Dale Rawson, Ms. Dawn Moser, and Jessica Miller. Members of the school board: Richard Kuhr, Janeen, Stephanie Langemeier, Kevin Hough, Nate Mongan, and Brenda Halbmaier. Parents of the Officers: Mike and Karla Holloway, Jill Leise, Matt and Steph Mueller, Susan and Kerry Tweedy, Jay and Jenna Hanson, Tim and Kris Dickes, and Mary and Terry Miller.
The leadership award was presented to: Lauren Holloway, Abby Miller, Cale Tweedy, and Miranda Mueller. The Academic Excellence Award was presented to: Rebecca Halbmaier, Emily Hanson, Eli Olmstead, and Miranda Mueller.
Fruit Sales awards were presented to: Emily Hanson, Sara Else, and Lexi Johnson.
SAE awards were presented to: Miranda Mueller, McKenna Holloway, Ana Leise, Cassie Tweedy,Josh Quinn, Jake Felty, Emily Hanson, Abby Miller, Delaney, and Caleb Dickes.
The Greenhand degree was presented to: Kyla Hrdlicka, Lauren Holloway, Alex Hannan, Eli Olmstead, Sara Else, Cale Tweedy, Lily Brestel, Becca Halmaier, Grace Popken, Hunter Pickworth, Blain Nicola, Jack Munter, Calvin Muhlbach, Cade Mongan, Riley Langemeier, Bayley Lacriox, and Lexi Johnson.
Chapter Degrees were presented to: Maylie Brestel, J.T. Haag, Riley Mayfield, Abby Miller, Delaney Patocka, Tyler Engle, Samantha Dyas, Emily Hanson, and Jayden Felty.
The chapter also awarded fourteen honorary chapter degrees. This award goes to the parents of a graduating senior FFA member. They were: Matt and Steph Mueller, Mike and Karla Holloway, Jill Leise, Marc and Angie Johnson, Jason and Janeen Felty, Susan Tweedy, Kevin and Zoryana Popken, John Haag, Janelle Coyle, Randy and Karla Zima, and Keating and Paula Dyas.
The evening concluded with the installation of the new 2018-2019 chapter officers. The retiring officers: Parliamentarian: Abby Miller, Sentinel: Caleb Dickes, Treasurer: Emily Hanson, Vice President: Mckenna Holloway, Reporter: Cassie Tweedy, President: Miranda Mueller, and Secretary: Ana Leise. The officers that filled their positions are: Parliamentarian: Becca Halbmaier, Treasurer: Blaine Nicola, Sentinel: Riley Langemeier, Reporter: Lilyann Brestel, Secretary: Emily Hanson, Vice President: Abby Miller, and President: Caleb Dickes.