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www.tricountynews.mn PAGE 11 June 2, 2016 EV-W FFA Banquet May 18 Holding their awards at the EV-W FFA Banquet May 18 are, from left, Katherine Gathje, Jodi Phillipp, and Nathan Peterson. Submitted photos. The 2016 Eden Valley-Watkins FFA chapter banquet was held Wednesday, May 18, in the high school cafeteria. Numerous awards were handed out to stu- dents that night. Students were recognized for their participa- tion in career development events, degrees, and proficiencies. 2016 Star Greenhand: Jennie Schreifels 2016 Outstanding Sophomore: Jodi Phillipp 2016 Outstanding Junior: Katherine Gathje 2016 Outstanding Senior: Bobby Kipf 2016 Blue and Gold Award: Corey Mathies 2016 Star Chapter Placement: Nathan Peterson 2016 Dekalb Award: Nathan Peterson The 2016-2017 FFA officer team was selected following an applica- tion and interview process. President: Katherine Gathje Vice President: Jamison Kuechle Secretary: Shelby Kuechle Treasurer: Jodi Phillipp Reporter: Adrienne Lipinski Sentinel: Michael Tintes Directors: Conner, Holthaus and Laura Kipf Mrs. Tracy Huhn EV-W FFA Advisor "Finally done!"Staff photo by Anton Matua. EV-W Nathan Peterson receives 2016 DEKALB Award By Mrs. Tracy Huhn EV- W FFA Advisor Nathaniel James Peterson of Eden Valley-Watkins Secondary School was recently presented the school's highest agricultural honor, the DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award, spon- sored by Monsanto Company. Peterson, the son of Jason and Laurie, received the award for excellence in academics, leader- ship and agricultural work experi- ence. Peterson's significant expe- riences and accomplishments include working at Tessmers Meats for his supervised agricul- tural experience. Through his experience, Nathan earned his MN state degree, won the state proficiency area of Agricultural Processing, and is competing for the National title in his profi- ciency area. Mrs. Tracy Huhn and Mr. Tyler Warren are Peterson's agricultural education instruc- tors at Eden Valley-Watkins Secondary School. This year the DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award celebrates its 69th anni- versary. Over these 69 years more than 168,000 high school seniors from across the country have received the Award, which has become a symbol for excellence and the school's highest agricul- tural honor. As the winner of the 2016 Award, Nathan Peterson's name will be recorded on a permanent plaque displayed at Eden Valley- Watkins Secondary School. Monsanto, a long-time sup- porter of agricultural educa- tion, FFA, 4-H and other farm youth organizations and ini- tiatives, sponsors the DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award. Monsanto is a lead- ing global provider of technolo- gy-based solutions and agricul- tural products that improve farm productivity and food quality. EV-W student receives U of M Norman Borlaug Science Achievement Award ByMrs. TracyHuhn a $1,000 scholarship upon suc- EV-WFFAAdvisor cessful enrollment in CFANS, a Katherine Gathje, a student at college within the University of Eden Valley-Watkins Secondary Minnesota. School, has received a Norman The award was presented by Borlaug S~ence AchievementCFANS alumni,~.Mr Tyler Warren AWard fron~ the iJnix, ersit~, of ofLitchfield, Tl~e award ~ sp0n Minnesota's College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS). The award recognizes Gathje's academic achievement in the sciences. As part of the award, Gathje received the book "Our Daily Bread, The Essential Norman Borlaug," written by Noel Vietmeyer. This book tells the story of Dr. Borlaug, a CFANS graduate and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize who is credited with saving a billion people from starvation. Dr. Borlaug's vision and scientific rigor rescued several nations from famine and provided a blueprint for countering today's resurgence in global hunger. The Norman Borlaug Science Achievement Award also includes sored by the CFANS Alumni Society, a member organization dedicated to connecting alumni and friends to the college; sup- porting excellence in the educa- tional experience; building col- lege pride, spirit, and community; and enhancing the reputation of the college. More information about the college is available at www.cfans. umn.edu. The college's priorities are to become a national center of excellence in research related to energy and products from renew- able resources; to address funda- mental issues related to gl6bal cli- mate and environmental change, and to study the origin, distribu- tion, economic value, and conser- vation of biodiversity. More than 2,500 students are enrolled in the college's undergraduate and grad- uate programs. Awards were presented, and new officers named at the 2016 annual FFA banquet at Eden Valley-Watkins High School Wednesday evening, May 18.