Walsh Wins Torchbearer Award
Twenty-three youth from around the state earned the North Dakota Farmers Union Torchbearer Award this year. A special ceremony was held on Saturday, Dec. 12, to recognize their achievements. The Torchbearer Award is the highest honor that senior youth may achieve in Farmers Union. Youth must complete five consecutive years of senior youth work to be eligible for this award.
North Dakota Farmers Union President Mark Watne presented a candle to each Torchbearer as they crossed the stage. Watne commented, “We pledge to build a better world for all, to build a prosperous world for agriculture and to build a strong Farmers Union. You have earned the right to be a Torchbearer and I am confident that your leadership skills will serve you well in the future.”
To conclude the evening, all of the Torchbearers recited the pledge led by Bailey Bitz of Napoleon. The pledge reads, “I accept my responsibility as a Torchbearer of the Farmers Union, and I pledge to bear that torch with clean hands and a courageous heart. I unite with my fellow Torchbearers in a pledge to practice tolerance and brotherhood and to keep my torch ever one of those which shall light the way to a peaceful world.”
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