Nine Nevada ag ed students and FFA members attended the 2017 Iowa Character Awards on Friday evening, July 21, held at the Prairie Meadows Event Center.


The Nevada FFA was awarded an honorable mention in the category of Student Organization of Character for the multitude of activities, which exemplified charity, service, citizenship, responsibility, trustworthy and caring. A selection committee of 45 professionals reviewed nominations in the categories of educators, schools, citizens, partnerships and the Robert Ray Pillar of Character award.


The 2017 winner in the organization category was Stick to It 4-H club of Sigourney. The 4-H club has been in existence for over ninety years and is committed to helping members realize their potential.


The evening’s event began with a professional photo shoot and social time. Then everyone moved into the dining room for the evening meal and recognition program. “What an impressive event, recognizing individuals and organizations for outstanding service to others,” stated Kevin Cooper, Nevada FFA advisor. The meal included asiago chicken, a California blended vegetable medley, and garlic mashed potatoes. Dessert was either New York cheesecake topped with strawberry sauce, or chocolate cheesecake. Program emcee was Jannay Towne of WHO Channel 13 News. Cooper accompanied the students to the awards event.


Nevada graduate Nicole Wilson was at the event also. Nicole is associated with Dress for Success Des Moines. Nicole’s organization is a nonprofit organization with a mission to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. Since opening in 2011, they have served more than 1,000 women, who are supporting more than 2,500 children locally.