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Retiring Tri County FFA President Savannah Gerlach presided over the 2019 Spring Banquet on May 2, 2019. The annual event was held in the High School Cafeteria beginning at 6:30pm 136 members and guests present. President Savannah Gerlach opened the evening by welcoming the group. Sophomore Kynlee Uher offered the invocation. A pot-luck and pork loin meal was then enjoyed.

The 2018-2019 Officer Team conducted opening ceremonies and 9th grade member Brevin Damrow presented the American Flag. Greenhand Gracin Hahn presented the FFA Creed and did an outstanding job.  President Gerlach then awarded him with his State FFA Chorus Pin.  Secretary Tiffany Pearson introduced the invited guests. The officers then bestowed the Chapter Honorary Degree to Mr. Justin Sand and Mr. and Mrs. Rick and Amy Gerlach. They received a plaques for their efforts. The award is the highest an FFA Chapter can honor a business or individual with.

Senior members Evan Larson and Creighton Niemeyer awarded Appreciation Plaques to Mr. Kevin Weichel and the Farmers Cooperative for their contributions to the Tri County  FFA this year. Mr. Kyle Spilker presented the DeKalb Agricultural Accomplishment Award to senior Chad Niemeier The award recognizes the outstanding senior member based on academic, leadership and FFA participation.  Chad was awarded a plaque and certificate. Mr. Spilker then presented the 2019 Tri County State Degree recipients with a plaque from the Tri County FFA Alumni.

Mr. Matt Raber, Vice President of First Tri County Bank, presented six seniors with a $200.00 scholarship.  The awards were the first ever First Tri County Bank Agriculture Accomplishment scholarships. Receiving recognition were Evan Larson, Tiffany Pearson, Creighton Niemeyer, Chad Niemeier, Taylor Cammack and Madison Freese.

Mr. Dennis Kenning of the Farmers Cooperative presented Chad Niemeier with a $500.00 scholarship.  Mrs. Jessica Larson awarded the Tri County FFA with a Farm Credit Service grant valued at $2,000.00 for county fair improvements.

Advisor Dave Barnard presented ag education students in each grade for outstanding scholarship. Receiving a pin were: Freshman Brevin Damrow, Sophomore Kynlee Uher, Junior Alexx Malchow, Seniors Taylor Cammack. Mr. Barnard awarded Chapter Leadership pins to Savannah Gerlach and Tiffany Pearson. Mr Barnard then highlighted the Chapter's 2018-2019 accomplishments and handed out ribbons and medals.

Mrs. Ann Freese awarded the Tri County FFA Alumni Scholarship of $500.00 to Savannah Gerlach. Historian Alexx Malchow awarded the FFA Chapter Scholarship of $250.00 to Alexis Gerritse. Mr. Barnard announced the Chapter Star Awards. Taylor Cammack received the Star Farmer Plaque and Alexis Gerritse received the Star Ag Placement Plaque. Freshman Gavin Weichel won the State Greenhand plaque. Chad Niemeier and Alexis Gerritse presented the 2019 Chapter Proficiency Awards. (Attached)

The 2019-2020 Tri County FFA Officers were installed. The are President: Alexx Malchow, Vice-President: Hannah Holtmeier, Secretary: Nicole Vodraska, Treasurer: Landen Chapman, Reporter: Cassidy Kowalski, Sentinel: Jacob Kapke, Parliamentarian: Cole Siems, and Historian: Lucas Weise. Mr. Barnard presented a Senior Salute slide show highlighting eight graduating members. They are Taylor Cammack, Alexis Gerritse, Madison Freese, Savannah Gerlach, Evan Larson, Chad Niemeyer, Creighton Niemeyer, and Tiffany Pearson. The New President Alexx Malchow presided over Closing Ceremonies.   



Proficiency Awards are based on an FFA member Supervised Agricultural Experience Program (S.A.E.), leadership skills/involvement and classroom contributions.

  1. Ag Communications-Tiffany Pearson

  2. Ag Education-Savannah Gerlach

  3. Ag Mechanics Design & Fabrication-Creighton Niemeyer

  4. Ag Mechanics Repair & Maintenance Placement- Jacob Kapke

  5. Ag Sales/Ag Processing - Patty Monnin

  6. Beef Production Entrepreneurship- Alexis Gerritse

  7. Beef Production Placement-Kynlee Uher

  8. Dairy Prod. Entrepreneurship-Lucas Weise

  9. Dairy Production Placement-Lucas Weise

  10. Diversified Ag Production-Evan Larson

  11. Diversified Crop Production Placement - Chad Niemeier

  12. Diversified Horticulture-Ella Crawford

  13. Diversified Livestock Prod. Entrepreneurship/Placement-Hannah Holtmeier

  14. Environment Science and Natural Resources Management-Jauques vanZyl

  15. Equine Science Production  Placement-Alexx Malchow

  16. Equine Science Production Entrepreneurship-Hanna Taylor

  17. Oil Crop Production Placement-Caden Kapke

  18. Goat Production Entre./Placement- Bonnie Jantzen

  19. Grain Production Placement-Jacob Kapke

  20. Health & Human-Cole Siems

  21. Home and Community Development-Andie Koch

  22. Hospitality & Restaurant-Cassidy Kowalski

  23. Outdoor Recreation-Madison Freese

  24. Sheep Production Entrepreneurship/ Placement- Jauques vanZyl

  25. Specialty Crop Production-Gavin Weichel

  26. Swine Production Entrepreneurship-Hannah Holtmeier

  27. Swine Production  Placement- Jacob Kapke

  28. Turfgrass Management-Landen Chapman

  29. Vegetable Production Entrepreneurship/Placement-Nicole Vodraska

  30. Veterinary Science-Alexis Gerritse

  31. Wildlife Production and Management Entrepreneurship /Placement-Taylor Cammack

  32. Extemporaneous Speaking - Tiffany Pearson

  33. Prepared Public Speaking - Alexis Gerritse

  34. Creed Speaking - Gracin Hahn

  35. Stare Chapter Greenhand- Gavin Weichel

  36. Star Chapter AgriBusiness/Placement- Alexis Gerritse

  37. Star Chapter Productionist- Taylor Cammack