Fresh from the Minnesota FFA Convention last week, the Eden Valley-Watkins FFA held their annual banquet Sunday, May 5, in the new Eden Valley Event Center (and Library).
The 2012-2013 Chapter officer team consists of Anne Gathje, president; Dillon Blonigen, vice president; James Gathje, secretary; Erica McCann, treasurer; Bobby Kipf, reporter; and Lyle Miller, sentinel.
Awards were given to many of the FFA members including:
Best Informed Greenhand-Arnie Gruenes, Calvin Kipf, Laura Kipf, Jodi Phillipp, and Bobby Kipf.
Dairy Evaluation-Arnie Gruenes and Joel Schmitz.
Dairy Handler-Doug Fisher.
General Livestock Evaluation-Maria Holdvogt, Bobby Kipf, James Gathje, and Taylor Maas.
Meat Evaluation-Anne Gathje, Debbie Holdvogt, Carter Phillipp, and Dillon Blonigen.
Dairy Production Entrepreneurship Proficiency-Joel Schmitz.
Discovery Degrees-Jodi Phillipp, Calvin Kipf, Arnie Gruenes, Laura Kipf, and Clayton Schriefels.
Greenhand Degrees-Bobby Kipf, Thomas Schmitt, Maria Holdvogt, Taylor Maas, Carter Phillipp, Andrew Schlangen, Allison Hemmesch, and Staci Arnold.
Chapter Degrees-Dillon Blonigen, James Gathje, Mitchell Peterson, and Ashlea Hemmesch.
State Degree Recipient-(awarded at State Convention) Joel Schmitz.
American Degree Recipient-(awarded at National Convention) Joe Gathje.
Star Chapter Greenhands-Bobby Kipf.
Outstanding Sophomore-Dillon Blonigen and James Gathje.
Outstanding Senior-Anne Gathje and Joel Schmitz.
Star Chapter Farmer-Joel Schmitz
DeKalb Leadership Award-Anne Gathje
Star Chapter Placement-Anne Gathje
FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leader, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education.
EV-W FFA officers at the awards banquet Sunday, May 5, at the chapter banquet at the Eden Valley Event Center are pictured here with Tracy Huhn, their advisor. They are, from left to right, Tracy Huhn, advisor, Arnie Gruenes, Ashley Huschle, Bobby Kipf, Kayla Kipf, Thomas Schmitt, Dillon Blonigen, and James Gathje. Staff photo by Jean Doran Matua.