2018 Altamont FFA Chapter Banquet Review
   The 2018 Chapter Banquet was on March 20th and started with an invocation and a meal provided by Niemerg's Steak House. After the meal ended the officers started the banquet with each officer saying their specific duties and all of the FFA members saying why they were there. After the opening ceremony, every award and recognition was given to the respected person/people or contributor.
   Loyal contributors certificates were given to Equity, Dan Beckman (Monsanto), Effingham County Pork Producers, and the Durbin Vet Clinic. Dan Beckman (Monsanto), Alwerdts Gardens, Darren Feldkamp, Chris Guse, Dean Goeckner, Effingham County Pork Producers, Mark and Michelle Holland, Stan and Shelly Kuhns and family, Erik Meier, Brett Stuemke, Jeff Suckow, Kent and Jo Ellen Tappendorf and family, Dave and Amanda Thompson and family, Jasen Thompson, Jerry Tkachuk, Alan Whitt, and Matt Will were all recognized for helping with the greenhouse, FFA plot, advisory council, scholarship selection, officer interviews, proficiency judges, and many other activities not mentioned. The people who signed up to recharter the Altamont FFA Alumni were then recognized, these people were: Darren Feldkamp, Kyle Feldkamp, Curtis Higgs, Mackenzie Hoffman, Alan Kollman, Maria Kuhns, Avery Kuhns, Stan and Shelly Kuhns, Kent and Jo Ellen Tappendorf, Seth Tappendorf, Alan Shumaker, and Dwight Sutter.
   After these recognizations, the career development events for the year so far were recognized. These events included: Horse Judging 5th place and 25th place at state, Forestry Judging 6th place, Land Use 5th place, Tri-County Land Use, Agronomy 4th place, Meats 6th place, Dairy Foods 4th place, Greenhand Quiz Bowl 5th place, Parliamentary Procedure 3rd place,  Geneseo Livestock, Blackhawk Livestock, Public Speaking, Poultry Judging 6th place, Marion County Livestock, and Lakeland Livestock Judging. The following people were then recognized for the SAE record books: Hannah Tappendorf, Jacob WIll, Elizabeth Kelly, Emma Kuhns, Lacey Thompson, Lea Thompson, Montana Tonn, and Paula Holland. Next, the top ten most active members were announced. Tenth most active member is Mason Cielak, ninth most active member is Dawson Guerrettaz, eighth most active member is Lisa Thompson, seventh most active member is Lacey Thompson, sixth most active member is Lea Thompson, fifth most active member is Jonathan, fourth most active member is Darrel Mellendorf, third most active member is Paula Holland, second most active member is Hannah Tappendorf, and most active member is Emma Kuhns. The most outstanding member awards went to freshman Lisa Thompson, Sophomore Emma Kuhns, Junior Hannah Tappendorf, Senior Lacey Thompson, and overall most outstanding member Emma Kuhns. Top fundraiser Junior/Senior sales went to Lacey Thompson, and top Freshman/Sophomore sales went to Lisa Thompson.
   We then went to say the winners of the FFA Leadership Award. This award was given to Emma Kuhns, Lea Thompson, and Hannah Tappendorf. The FFA Community Service award was given to Darrel Mellendorf. After the Community Service Award was given the scholarship winners for the FFA scholarship and Thresherman scholarship were awarded a plaque. The winner of the $800 FFA scholarship was Morgan Phillips, and the winners of the $400 FFA scholarships were Noah Kopplin, Lacey Thompson, and Kaitlyn Hoffman. The $500 Thresherman scholarship was given to Jacob Will. The successful candidates for the Greenhand FFA Degree were: Logan Austin, Mason Cielak, Hunter Cripe, Draven Grey, Kierstin Gray, Christopher Holland, Taylor Mette, Will Overton, Natalie Solan, Zachary Starner, Keydra Teets, Lisa Thompson, Maci Thompson, and Landon Vickery. Lisa Thompson was recognized for being a recipient of the Star Greenhand Entrepreneurship and Mason Cielak was recognized for receiving Star Greenhand Placement. Emma Kuhns, Paula Holland, and Jared Kollmann were recognized for successful candidates for the Chapter FFA Degree. The Star Chapter Farmer Award was given to Paula Holland and the Star Chapter Agriculture Placement Award was given to Emma Kuhns. Five students were announced and will be receiving their State FFA Degrees in June. These students were Maci Hanna, Elizabeth Kelly, Hannah Tappendorf, Lea Thompson, and Maci Tonn.
   To round up the banquet there were two people announced for honorary membership- farmers, the people who were announced were Jo Ellen Tappendorf and Stan Kuhns. There was a slideshow presented by Hannah Tappendorf showing pictures of all of the events that took place this year. The installation of the new officers took place next. Morgan Phillips recognized Hannah Tappendorf as the new President, Lacey Thompson recognized Darrel Mellendorf as the new Vice President, Noah Kopplin recognized Lea Thompson as the new Secretary, Kaitlyn Hoffman recognized Emma Kuhns as the new Treasurer, Hannah Tappendorf recognized Paula Holland as the new Reporter, Jacob Will recognized Jared Kollmann as the new Sentinel, Elizabeth Kelly was recognized as the Historian, Mason Cielak was recognized as the Parliamentarian, and Dawson Guerrattaz was recognized as the Chaplain. The meeting came to a close and a drawing was done along with the annual pie auction. We would like to thank everyone who came out to the FFA banquet and helped make it another success.