Student story: Highland High recognizes dedicated FFA members

Highland High SchoolMay 20, 2014 

The Highland FFA 2014-2015 Officer Team includes, from left, Alex Rode as sentinel, Katie Kloss as reporter, Logan Landmann as secretary, Ashlyn Gietl as president, Mallory Rutz as vice president, Lane Rinderer as treasurer and Kim Wies as historian. The officers were sworn in and took their positions at banquet held last month.

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The Highland FFA Banquet was held in the Highland High School commons last month. Introductions of the 2013-2014 officer team and special guest Rachel Hawk, state FFA vice president, along with the presentation of the American Flag kicked off the annual banquet.

“Banquet is always such a successful and rewarding experience. It gives everyone a chance to experience how the FFA works and anyone who goes above and beyond in helping out the chapter gets recognized for their honor to the organization,” said second-year member Alex Rode.

Awards for special achievements and honorary notions were given in front of family members, friends and Highland High School faculty.

Members who showed true dedication to the organization received the Blue and Gold Award. First year members received their Greenhand Degrees and second year members received their Chapter Degrees.

Kaitlin Rutz, a senior and four-year FFA member, was recognized for completing her State Degree, which she will receive in June. In order to be awarded with this degree, a long application process must be completed.

To close the ceremony, the officer-elects were inducted and the new President Ashlyn Gietl and Secretary Logan Landmann closed the ceremony.  

Banquet is a bittersweet farewell to seniors but is also a start to a new year for returning members.

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