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Monroe FFA, alumni celebrate 75 years
The new Monroe FFA officer team consists of, from left in back: Hayden Zahradka, secretary; Colby Steiner, reporter; and Grant Gogin, sentinel. In the middle row are Hunter Huschitt, president, and Kylie Merchant, treasurer. In front are Carlita Eberle, vice president, and Haley Arneson, parliamentarian. (Photo supplied)
MONROE - Alumni, guests and current members made up the group of 170 at the 75th annual Monroe FFA banquet April 22, where honors were presented to a number of students.

The Green Hand Degree, given to high school freshmen, was presented to 33 members. Mitch Grossen was awarded the star Green Hand.

The chapter degree for sophomores included 37 students, with Kyle Haldiman receiving the star sophomore. The star junior was Hailey Rugg, and the star senior was Dylan Steiner, who also won star farmer.

The star in agribusiness was Paige Bittner and the star in agricultural was Colby Steiner. The retiring seniors were Bittner, Dylan Steiner, Madison Katzenberger and Dana Kehoe.

The Monroe FFA award winners of the speaking contest were Hunter Huschitt and Natalie Faith for discussion. The winner in employability skills was Dylan Steiner, and the award recipient in parliamentary procedure was a team consisted of Carlita Eberle, Haley Arneson, Sami Gough, Kylie Merchant, Crystal Meighan and Faith. Grossen and Madison Zoellick participated in creed speaking. Grant Gogin and Huschitt were in the extemporaneous speaking event.

Eight teams participated in the career development event judging contest: Floriculture placed eighth; livestock evaluation placed 47th; dairy products placed ninth; senior dairy cattle placed 41st; junior dairy cattle placed 26th; horse evaluation placed sixth; wildlife management placed 33rd; and veterinary science placed 16th.

FFA members decided to give 5 percent of fundraising to the top three people; those in the top three in another fundraiser would get 10 percent back. The top three fundraisers for pork were Rugg, Merchant, Dylan Steiner and Colby Steiner. The top three fundraisers for the holiday sale were Colten Beckman, Gough and Arneson. The last fundraiser was seafood, and the top three fundraisers were Grossen, Rugg and Gough. Successful fundraising means that FFA members don't have to pay full price to participate in activities.