NWTF chapter’s annual banquet honors four scholarship winners

Friends and members of the Black Mountain Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation met for the 18th annual Hunter Heritage and Scholarship Awards Banquet at the Posen Community Center.

Guests of honor were the four scholarship recipients, seniors Izaiah Hincka, Kelsey Jakubcin, George Styma and Tania Styma of Posen High School. The scholarships were provided by Lafarge Quarry of Presque Isle with many of their staff present. More than 150 people were in attendance, including many local people as well as others from cities throughout the state. State Rep. Sue Eller and Conservation Officer Paul Fox also stopped by to speak with banquet attendees.

The event raises funds for scholarships, local habitat improvements and ongoing winter feeding and food plot programs for all wildlife, not just turkeys. NWTF also provides domestic turkeys for needy families at Thanksgiving and Christmas.

All attending veterans were honored, received special gifts and proudly led in the Pledge of Allegiance and Conservation Pledge. The youngest veteran was presented with a book from Jason Allen of Traverse City, “The Arsenal of Democracy” about Detroit’s contributions during World War II.

One of the evening’s highlights was a game for those ages 17 and under. First place winner was Emmet Neymanowski of Lapeer, age 3, and second place winner was Cole Krajniak of Posen, age 11.

A good time was had by all those who won a number of firearms and many other prizes. Cathy Purol and her group were highly praised. A special thanks also went out to Ray Purol and family for the great job handling the many firearms at the banquet.

Next year’s banquet in Posen is scheduled for March 3, 2018.