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Leigh FFA Celebrates Year With Banquet

The Annual Leigh FFA Banquet was scheduled for Friday, April 26, 2024, but after many tornadoes and thunderstorms filled the Leigh area, the banquet was rescheduled for Monday, April 29, 2024, at 6 P.M. 

Monday evening, 40 Leigh FFA members, families, and community members gathered to celebrate the accomplishments of the chapter and its members. 

The evening started with a meal catered by Wunderlich’s Catering and Barley Shoppe. After the meal, opening ceremonies were held and followed by all of the awards that honored community members and FFA members. 

There were three chapter awards that were given out to FFA members who excelled in certain areas. The six recipients of the Most Active Members were Sadie Brabec (Most Active Junior High Member), Carmen Malena (Most Active Freshman Member), Luke Eisenmann (Most Active Sophomore Member), Delanie Erwin and Kammy Held (Most Active Junior Members), and Jordan Noonan (Most Active Senior Member). 

There were four members of the Outstanding Record Book Award: Carmen Malena, Kyle McMullin, Kammy Held, and Jacob Martensen. 

The four Star Awards were presented to Tyce Larson (Star Discovery), Carmen Malena (Star Greenhand), Kammy Held (Star Ag Placement), and Delanie Erwin (Star Farmer).

Jordan Noonan, recipient of the Most Active Senior Member award and 2023-2024 Leigh FFA President, recapped the night as, “The FFA Banquet was a very successful night even with the rescheduling due to weather. It was awesome to see how many people could attend. It was definitely an odd feeling when it was over, realizing it was my last banquet and not closing out the meeting for our chapter anymore, but it was great to help induct the new officers and hang up my FFA jacket. Our year as an FFA chapter was one I will always remember. I was very impressed by how dedicated our chapter was to trying new things that they have never considered before. We had many teams and kids compete at a high level at State. But the biggest part about this year started from our Fun Day in the summer to my last State Convention. I was beyond proud watching these kids and a young chapter grow and mature throughout my final year. FFA has left me with memories I will never forget and I am grateful.”

After all the awards were given out, the year in review video was played, the worker and item auction was held, and the seniors retiring addresses were given. 

The night ended with the installment of the 2024-2025 Leigh FFA Officer team. The new officers include Junior Advisors—Blake Loseke and Karly Wendt, Parliamentarian—Nevaeh Zulkoski, Historian—Ava Kasik, Sentinel—Kyle McMullin, Reporters—Daphne Jedlicka and Hannah Martensen, Treasurer—Luke Eisenmann, Secretary—Carmen Malena, Vice Presidents—Delanie Erwin and Brianne Kuhr, and President—Kammy Held.

Newly elected Co-Junior Advisor, Blake Loseke said the night was, “I thought it went pretty well. I think it's going to be a great experience being a part of the officer team. I think that a great goal moving forward would be to be able to compete in even more events at State Convention and be able to win more as a chapter.”