Olympic medalist Rulon Gardner speaks at FFA banquet

The annual FFA Banquet was held on Monday, April 23rd with new advisor Guy Kuntz. The Arapahoe FFA Chapter welcomed special guest speaker Rulon Gardner, a former Olympic Champion in wrestling. Gardner grew up on a diary farm in Wyoming and went on to the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and wrestled for UNL.  Gardner explained how everything he learned on the farm growing up has led him to great successes in his lifetime. The values that he was taught and the hard work and dedication he learned from a young age helped guide him to win a gold medal in the 2000 Olympics held in Sydney.

FFA Chapter President, Melonie Meyers welcomed everyone to the 2017-2018 banquet and opened the meeting. Chapter officers presented awards and degrees to chapter members. The Blue and Gold award was presented to Dale Helms on behalf of the donations and support he gives to the chapter and Cassie Hilker was named honorary member. FFA Advisor, Kuntz, thanked the community for all of the support over the school year as his first year in Arapahoe. He explained that the year was full of success and the members have been very dedicated and worked hard all year long for all events and competitions.

FFA members were presented and recognized for their involvement and awards received throughout the school year. David Theobald received the Star Green Hand Award, Cooper Schutz received the Star Chapter Award and Spencer Watson received the Senior Award sponsored by Monsanto.

The 2018-2019 new officers were announced at the end of the ceremony.  The new officers are, President Olivia Leising; Vice President Joslyn North; Secretary David Theobold; Treasurer Gentry Anderson; Parliamentarian Cooper Schutz; Historian Carson Schroeder; Sentinel Branigan Schaben and Reporter Maggie Weatherwax. The FFA Chapter meeting was closed by new President elect Olivia Leising.

Read the complete story in this week’s Arapahoe Public Mirror.


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