2018-05-16 / News

FFA presents awards at 28th annual banquet

BY PHIL FOLEY
810-452-2616 • pfoley@mihomepaper.com


North Branch’s Oliva Walker (right) accepts a $2,000 scholarship check from Scott Wadsworth on behalf of the John Deere/Tri-County Equipment scholarship fund. Walker plans to study dairy management at Michigan State University this fall. 
Photos by Phil Foley North Branch’s Oliva Walker (right) accepts a $2,000 scholarship check from Scott Wadsworth on behalf of the John Deere/Tri-County Equipment scholarship fund. Walker plans to study dairy management at Michigan State University this fall. Photos by Phil Foley ALMONT — One could think of it as farm prom, though there was no band and nobody danced, but the Lapeer County FFA’s 28th annual Awards Banquet was the biggest night of the year for FFA members and their families.

Friday evening 220 people gathered at The Bells Event Center (the old gym at Almont Elementary School). FFA Advisor Tammy Hyatt said Jim Novak and his daughter, Sarah, donated the use of the recently renovated facility.

Toward the end of the night, the senior presentations turned into a torrent of tears as the program’s graduating seniors shared their memories of Hyatt, Jo Tessmer, Liz Raymond and Roslyn Owens.


Greg Rowden calls for bids on a collection of barbecue items during the live auction 28th annual FFA Awards Banquet. The auction raises funds for the FFA’s scholarship program. Rowden joked that making his ninth trip to the auctioneer’s podium for FFA is the longest job he’s ever held. Greg Rowden calls for bids on a collection of barbecue items during the live auction 28th annual FFA Awards Banquet. The auction raises funds for the FFA’s scholarship program. Rowden joked that making his ninth trip to the auctioneer’s podium for FFA is the longest job he’s ever held. Steve Schapman reminded parents, alumni and community supporters that they can join the Lapeer County FFA Alumni and Boosters at noon the second Sunday of the month at Ed-Tech, 690 N. Lake Pleasant Rd, Attica Township.



Kathleen and David Knust present Janet Felbarth with 55 Antique Tractor Club’s first Diamond in the Rust scholarship. The Imlay City senior will use the $400 to study animal science at Michigan State University. Kathleen and David Knust present Janet Felbarth with 55 Antique Tractor Club’s first Diamond in the Rust scholarship. The Imlay City senior will use the $400 to study animal science at Michigan State University.

Jim Novak, Greg Bristle and Darcey Lipskey accept honorary memberships in the FFA recognizing their contributions to the youth group. Jim Novak, Greg Bristle and Darcey Lipskey accept honorary memberships in the FFA recognizing their contributions to the youth group.

Hannah Newsome leads FFA members in the National Anthem during the opening of the 28th annual FFA Awards Banquet held Friday at The Bells Event Center in Almont. Hannah Newsome leads FFA members in the National Anthem during the opening of the 28th annual FFA Awards Banquet held Friday at The Bells Event Center in Almont.

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