FFA president Samantha Ladd thanked the members and their families for their hard work, saying they had accomplished much and owed a lot to others outside the club that helped them. Robert Papajeski then gave the invocation for the third year in a row.
“In order to reap a harvest, we must sow the seeds,” he said, and reminded them to get the most out of each day. The crowd then sat down to a meal, during which photos from the previous year’s activities played in a slide show.
The meal was followed by a few remarks by Celeste Laurant, who is Kentucky’s FFA State Secretary. Laurant said she was originally from Louisiana and talked about how joining the FFA in Kentucky had been a strange experience at first because she had to get used to her surroundings. She said that one year, her grandmother gave her John C. Maxwell’s “The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership.” Although she wasn’t much of a reader, she said she “devoured it,” and that it had helped her a great deal in life. She encouraged the students to make a leadership law of their own.
The students were then given uncut keys, a tradition demonstrating how they had a “clean slate” or a “blank slate,” and would one day “cut their keys,” Ladd said.
Ronnie Weeks then presented the FFA Day awards, which the students won at Murray State University’s FFA Day. Tiffany Walker then presented the Land Judging Awards. Ethan Jones presented the Ag Sales Awards and Matt Kennedy presented the Welding Awards.
Ladd presented Treasurer and Secretary Awards, and Danielle Reddick presented the Proficiency Awards. Ethan Taylor, Kyler Black and Brandon Colston together presented the MSU Field Awards.
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