Two-hundred-and-sixty Nevada FFA members, parents and guests attended the annual Nevada FFA Banquet at Gates Hall on Thursday, March 9. Everyone enjoyed a dinner of Windsor smoked chops, catered by Mid West Pack, accompanied by cheesy au gratin potatoes, green beans, roll and chilled fresh citrus lemonade. For dessert, Chris Lloyd made chocolate brownie cake a la mode. Kate Huse assisted with the preparation of green beans and accompanying items. Mike and Patsy Ackerman volunteered assisting with the meal and Rebecca Steckelberg, an ISU agriculture education student, also helped with the banquet.
The Greenhand and Chapter degrees, with accompanying pins, were awarded to members. Awards included all of the FFA Career Development events and Leadership events, plus several local businesses and individuals were recognized for their contributions and donations. Certifications of appreciation went to: Sally Jensen and family of the late Ivan Jensen, Andy Swanson, David and Jill Colver with Everette Colver in attendance also, William and Carol Holstine, Kody Asmus, Marty Chitty, Tim Hadley/Midwest Cylinder Head, Bill Couser, Komer Johnson, Charlie and Chris Lloyd, Rick Hawbaker/Van Wall Equipment, Jeff Anderson and James Scarlett.
The Star Greenhand First Year member went to Avery Mather, and Star Chapter member to Madison Abraham. In addition, Connor MacVey will be receiving his Iowa FFA Degree on April 11 at the State FFA Convention. At the end of the banquet an iMovie was presented showing highlights of the chapter in the past year. The iMovie was formatted edited, and finalized by Austin Doty and Nicole Dewell.
The FFA officer team presented a very professional appreciation plaque to Kevin Cooper. The plaque was made by Sam and Madison Abraham, along with their father, Keith Abraham. Cooper was asked to speak to the award, and added, “it is said be true to your work, and your work will be true to you, I hope that will be true for all of my students” stated Cooper.