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2016 FFA Banquet

Haley Williams, Managing Editor

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“The meeting room will come to order,” are familiar words spoken by all chapter, area, state and national FFA presidents. The first phrase of opening ceremonies sends a sense of joy and anticipation throughout members, advisors, and the families.

Lufkin FFA Chapter will be holding it’s annual banquet May 3 in the high school’s cafeteria. Advisors Anna Lamb and Kelleye Marshall remind students this is the last week to purchase tickets for the upcoming event.

“Tickets are going to be sold up until Friday,” Lamb said. “We generally have the active members, some administrative staff, and of course the families of the members.”

Sentinel Grace Marshall and the other FFA officers welcome any and every one to come join them in recognizing the members who have devoted their time to the various competitions this past year.

“We have sent out invitations to the families and students who will be receiving awards at the banquet,” Marshall said. “The awards consist of the standard Greenhand and Chapter Farmer degrees and the Star Greenhand and Chapter Farmer degrees. We recognize the events everyone participated in and recognize the students getting their Lone Star degree at State Convention.”

The Lone Star degree is the State degree in the FFA. It is a degree awarded to those who put in a certain amount of time and expenses to their many projects throughout their FFA experience.

“These members must have completed 180 hours of ag instruction, have productively earned $150, and been a leader within the chapter and the community,” Kellye said. “They have completed their record book for 3 years and earned their chapter farmer degree.”

FFA Banquet is a enjoyable experience but also memorable for the candidates running to be the following year’s officer team. Freshman candidate Raven Williams tells how she hopes her hard work will pay off.

“This past year I have been a part of a lot of competitions and things FFA planned- like fundraisers and volunteering,” Williams said. “My love for this club has really grown this year and I wanted to play a bigger role next year.”

Williams, along with the other students, have to go through the process of apply for candidacy. This process includes an election, interview and a test.

“We had to come up with a speech to present to the rest of the members in the chapter during a meeting and they voted,” Williams said. “We also have to schedule an interview with the staff in the vocational office, then take a test that goes over all the parliamentary procedures, important dates, rules, and our FFA constitution.”   

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