Over 100 guests and FFA members were present for the 66th Annual Cambridge FFA Banquet Wednesday, April 6, at the Cambridge Elementary School. The 2010-11 officers were introduced. This year’s officers include: Sarah Larsen, president; Emily Peterson, vice president; Kylie Carey, secretary; Devin Kluever, treasurer; Chelsea Mitro, reporter; Kyle Lookingbill, sentinel; Isabella Frisk, historian and Ashley Phillips, advisor.


    Over 100 guests and FFA members were present for the 66th Annual Cambridge FFA Banquet Wednesday, April 6, at the Cambridge Elementary School.

    The 2010-11 officers were introduced. This year’s officers include: Sarah Larsen, president; Emily Peterson, vice president; Kylie Carey, secretary; Devin Kluever, treasurer; Chelsea Mitro, reporter; Kyle Lookingbill, sentinel; Isabella Frisk, historian and Ashley Phillips, advisor.

    After a welcome by Larsen, Mitro gave the invocation and the group ate a potluck dinner. Following the dinner, Robert Reagan, Cambridge High School principal, was introduced.

    Seven Greenhand members were announced. They were Brandon Baze, Kamerin Carey, Alexandria Casey, Hunter Kiefer, Derek Larsen, Alex VanWatermeulen and Isaak Woodruff.

    Larsen was presented the Star Greenhand award. The Star Greenhand pin is given to a first
year FFA member who shows outstanding potential for leadership and participation in the FFA organization.

    Nine members of the chapter earned Chapter FFA Degrees. They were Kevin Beuseling, Dakota DeKezel, Frisk, Alec King, Lindsey Myers, George Reinstadtler, Chris Shreeves, Tyler Stiner and Kylie Carey. A Chapter Degree is the highest degree that the Cambridge FFA can bestow on its members.

    Other chapter members include Austin Brown, C. J. DeKezel, Dustin Johnson, Kluever, Larsen, Lookingbill, Mitro, Nathan Mortensen, Peterson and Joseph Shreeves.

    Chapter Scholars were recognized. Earning honors for their respective classes were Olivia McDonough, Katie Miller and Taylor Reed, eighth grade; Larsen, freshmen; Frisk, sophomore; Beuseling, junior and Kluever, senior. The four students are the FFA members who are holding the highest grade point average in their respective classes.

    The group presented certificates of appreciation to Patrick “Bama” Andress and Matt Morrison. The two men have been coming to Cambridge weekly to help the livestock judging team prepare for competitions.

    Lisa Miller was presented the Honorary Chapter Degree.    

    The chapter presents the Honorary Chapter FFA Degree to parents and other in the community that take a special interest in the lives of FFA members or those who have provided for special service to the community.

    “Lisa Miller has been a big help with the livestock judging teams this year,” Larsen stated. “Thank you for all your help and your time.”

    Outstanding CDE Individuals were also recognized. They were: Sarah Larsen, horse judging; Emily Peterson, land use contest and  Isabella Frisk, agronomy.

    A CDE is a Career Development Event or contest that lets FFA members put into practice what they are learning in the classroom. They compete against FFA members from the Section, District and State.

    FFA contributors were recognized. They were American Western Trading Company, Lanny and Carolyn Anderson, Cambridge FFA Chapter, Gold Star FS, Henry County Farm Bureau, Henry County Pork Producers, Henry County Soil and Water Conservation District, Dan Hoge and Family, Jeffries Trucking, Michlig AgriCenter, Glenn and Kippy Nelson, State Bank of Orion, Triangle Construction and Western Illinois Title Company.

    Mitro won the DeKalb Award, the highest agricultural honor. Reinstadtler and DeKezel was presented the FFA Pride Award.

    Officers for the 2010-11 school year were installed. They Frisk, president; Kylie Carey, vice president; Reinstadtler, secretary; Jeffries, treasurer; Larsen, reporter; Shreeves, sentinel and Katie Miller, historian.

    Frisk gave the closing remarks, following a slide show. The seniors were recognized in the show. They seniors include Lookingbill, Shreeves, Larsen, Mitro, Peterson, Mortensen, Johnson, Brown and DeKezel.

    Upcoming events were announced. Members of the Cambridge FFA will help clean up the Henry County Fairgrounds Saturday, April 30. The Section 3 Banquet, Scrapbook Contest and Agriscience Fair is scheduled for Thursday, May 5 and the State FFA Convention is set Tuesday, June 14, through Thursday, June 16. The FFA Horse Fair will be held Friday, July 1, and the FFA Vo-Ag Fair Saturday, July 2. The FFA Leadership Camp will be held Wednesday, July 27, through Saturday, July 30.