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Mandan FFA hosts annual banquet

The Mandan FFA Chapter (front, l-r) Sydni Schmidt, Wyatt Thompson, Casey Tangen, Adaer Halverson, Tammy Mesich, Sarah Fischer, Stacia Hopfauf, Jessica Fleck, (middle, l-r) State FFA NW Region Vice President Wyatt Bachmier, Codie Cahoon, Tanner Gress, Patrick Johnson, Cullen Gress, Paige Fisher, Kyler Pazdernik, Canien Fredricks, Nicole Miller, Maddi Boechler, Kaylyn Hopfauf, Renae Tokach, (back, l-r) Advisor-Heidi Reiter, O.Kaiden Straabe, Brandi Boehm, Hunter Kleinjan, Cody Wald, Marcus Isaacs, Dalton Gussiaas, Shelby Hansen, Jared Schmidt, Matt Vannett, Tessa Keller, Macey Isaacs, Advisor Dave Axt. Submitted photos

On April 12, the Mandan FFA Chapter held its annual Award and Parent Appreciation Banquet at the Braves Center. There were approximately 100 members and guests present. Wyatt Bachmier, the North Dakota FFA Northeast vice president, was the guest speaker for that evening.

Many awards were given out during that evening: Top Fundraiser, Top and Beginning Crop, Livestock, and Ag Sales Judger, FFA Alumni Awards, Honorary Chapter Farmer, and Outstanding Students. The Top Fundraisers were Brandi Boehm, $2,425.00, Sarah Fischer, $2,186.50, and Renae Tokach, $2,186.00.

The top Crops Judger was Tanner Gress and the Top Beginning Crops Judger was Cullen Gress. The Top Livestock Judger was Renae Tokach, and the Top Beginning Livestock Judger was Cody Wald.

The Top Ag Sales Participant was O. Kaiden Straabe, and the Top First Year Participant was Stacia Hopfauf.

The Mandan FFA Alumni awarded Rita Miller the Outstanding Alumnus of 2011-12, and awarded Gate City Bank and Elmer and Alvina Madler the Alumni Appreciation Awards. The next award that was given was the Mandan FFA Honorary Chapter Farmer Award. This is given to someone who provides service and inspiration to the FFA. Wilfred Volesky, the superintendent of Mandan Public Schools, was the recipient of this award.

The Star Greenhand was awarded to Cullen Gress. The Outstanding Sophomore was awarded to Tessa Keller, the Outstanding Junior was awarded to Renae Tokach, the Star Chapter Farmer was awarded to Brandi Boehm, and the DeKalb Award was awarded to O. Kaiden Straabe.

Brandi Boehm and Jared Schimdt were selected to receive scholarships from the Mandan FFA Chapter for students pursuing a degree in agriculture.

The Mandan FFA Chapter would like to thank all of its sponsors for making this a successful banquet.

The Honorary Chapter Farmer award was presented to Mandan School Superintendent Wilfred Volesky (center). Standing alongside VOlesky is (l-r) Advisor Heidi Reiter, Brandi Boehm, Shelby Hansen, Jared Schmidt, Honorary Degree recipient Mr. Wilfred Volesky, O.Kaiden Straabe, Renae Tokach, Macey Isaacs, and Advisor-Dave Axt.