57th FFA awards banquet a success

Chef Bob Wille said the pork roast was divine. Principal Tim Rupp said that FFA members were branded. And nearly everyone in attendance at the 57th Annual FFA Awards Banquet thought it was a great evening.

On May 23, some of the Eagle Point FFA had a last chance to attend a banquet and a last chance to win some of the coveted awards. But that will be a bitter-sweet memory as seniors gathered for their last picture together as the evening drew to a close.

Rupp used his remarks in a constructive way to say that the experiences of these young people contained lessons that will last a lifetime. He freely admitted to not having a great deal to do with agriculture during his lifetime, but expressed gratitude at having been invited to the event. He finished his keynote address with, “Wear that brand proudly–you are held to a higher standard.”

Shae Rogers, current chapter president, called the meeting to order for the last time, and eventually gave the gavel over to President-elect Clay Devette. DeVette will be joined by Emily Dulany as Vice President, Savannah Helton will be secretary, the new treasurer is Nick Wolf, Kristen Hanson is Reporter and Kristen Spielbusch is the new sentinal for the 2012-2013 school year.

And retired biology teacher Bob Wille was right, the pork was divine. It appears not to be a secret, but the chefs put a rub on the meat prior to barbequing, then drizzled each loin with a special sauce, reportedly apricot. This kept the meat tender and moist to go along with the potatoes, green beans, salad, garlic bread and a slice of cake.

FFA members Nate Leonardo, Emily Dulany, Amy Furster and others made multiple trips to the podium to accept proficiency awards for the year. Leonardo, only a sophomore, received four awards during the evening, extraordinary for a young hand.

Eleven scholarships, totaling more than $7,000 were handed out during the evening. The highest dollar amount amongst those was $1500.

The last hurrah for many of these award winners will be either the spring or summer fair at the Jackson County Expo. Next step for most will be a college education and they will take their place in an adult society, where they will still be branded, as outstanding citizens and community leaders. Lessons learned here will last a lifetime, and have already began to shape these young men and women.

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