New officers were elected, awards were given out and the year’s success was celebrated during the annual FFA banquet. Photo submitted

FFA celebrates successful year at annual banquet

On Thursday, May 16, The Susanville FFA held its annual FFA Banquet, during which members and their families celebrated the amazing year that has brought so much success to the chapter and its various teams.

The 2019-2020 FFA officers are as follows: President, Elena German; vice president, Erin Nickell; secretary, Tristen Struthers; sentinel, Jack Mallery; media officer, Alex Lopez; treasurer, Waylon Mallery; reporter, Colby Talley; and historian, Marisa Flux.

The officers of the Susanville FFA are elected from a pool of applicants and they deliver a short speech at the FFA’s annual elections meeting, where the attending members elect eight of the applicants to fill the positions on the officer team. Once elected, the officers are then interviewed by the current officers and the advisors, who ask a variety of questions to determine which position each newly elected officer would hold. The newly elected officers were then sworn into office at the annual banquet before their peers, advisors and their families.

The Susanville FFA also celebrates tradition by awarding a trophy to the outstanding senior of the year. The Larry Hopkins Memorial Trophy has been awarded to outstanding seniors since 1964, which is a huge part of why it is such an honor to receive this award. This year’s recipient is Christina West-Lucchesi. She has been an FFA member for four years, has participated on the floral team for four years, received her state FFA degree this year, and has also participated on the novice and advanced parliamentary procedure teams. She is one of the four members of the floral team that recently placed first high team at the FFA state competition and will be going to compete at National FFA Competition in the fall.

The Susanville FFA recognized two students that have shown great achievements and successes throughout their time as an FFA member. Jae Norton was recognized as the Star Greenhand, and has shown mastery on both speaking teams and the veterinary science team. Waylon Miller was recognized as the Star Chapter member, and is one of the four National Veterinary Science Champions. A greenhand member is a first year member in the FFA, while a chapter member is a second year member.

This year the Susanville FFA chapter awarded Dean and Deanna Ross as the recipients of the Honorary Chapter Degree. The Susanville FFA chapter would like to thank both Dean and Deanna for their continuous support throughout the past years.

The Susanville FFA would also like to thank the 2018-2019 officer team for leading the chapter through such a successful year and wishes each of them luck in their future endeavors.